Week 1 - Truth and Reconciliation Challenge: Truth

Tawâw. Neba hoɁą. Welcome to Week 1 of the Truth and Reconciliation Challenge: Truth

Join us this week as we share the true history of the region. A lack of accurate historical knowledge is a barrier to genuine reconciliation. There cannot be a clear understanding of our role without learning the negative impacts that forced assimilation and residential schools have had on Indigenous Peoples.

Sharing of the truth is long overdue on a local and national level – and we are grateful you are here with us to explore it. Did you know that Wood Buffalo was not only home to Holy Angels Residential School, but also was home to the Bishop Piche Day School in Fort Chipewyan and the Janvier Day School?

Your challenge this week: Join Jes at Borealis Park

Pack a lunch and a lawn chair! Join us at Bob Lamb Bandstand for The Legacy of Residential Schools, a discussion with Jes Croucher of Pawâmiw Creative. In this session, we will discuss how residential schools came to be, how they operated, and the effects on Indigenous Peoples – so we can understand truth as the foundation to reconciliation.

Spots are limited – register on EventBrite.

Can’t join us? We have more opportunities for you to learn. Check out Pawâmiw Creative’s factsheet on residential schools and share your thoughts on the challenge reflection guide.

Find more resources and reflect on what you’ve learned. What are three truths you didn’t know that you now do? How can you help advance reconciliation in Canada and in Wood Buffalo?

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Fort Chipewyan is preparing to do truth scanning of the Holy Angels site. Click the image to learn more. 

 Get to Know Your Region

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is located within Treaty 8 Territory, and home to six First Nations and six Métis Communities, all with very distinct, diverse, and rich histories.

Get to Know Your Region

 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action

 Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action


The 10 Principles of Reconciliation

What have we learned? 

Principles of Truth and Reconciliation

 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

 United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

 A Collaborative Pathway Forward Report
pathway reportPrinciples for a Collaborative Pathway Forward in Wood Buffalo highlights the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action since becoming formally identified as a priority within the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan.

The report outlines these five key themes within the framework of the TRC's 10 Principles of Reconciliation. It is through this framework that the Municipality details the work that has been undertaken over the past four years with local Indigenous partners. It identifies areas of success, areas that require additional focus, and opportunities to prioritize commitment to the process of reconciliation moving forward. The report lays out a plan, or a pathway approach, to strengthen reconciliation and continue this important and necessary work now, and into the future.

 Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo: Calls to Action
View our 29 Calls to Action.
YMM Magazine - Indigenous Wood Buffalo

This special edition of YMM Magazine that celebrates the stories, culture, and successes of the original peoples of this land known as nistawâyâw – ełídlį kuę́ – Fort McMurray.

Read Indigenous Wood Buffalo

Indigenous Learning Series

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is proud to share its online Indigenous Learning Series, as an opportunity to recognize the strength of present-day Indigenous communities and reflect upon ways that people can personally contribute to advancing reconciliation.

Explore the Indigenous Learning Series

Fort Chipewyan Truth Scanning Gathering (Reconciliation newsletter)

Read the Fort Chipewyan Truth Scanning Gathering (Reconciliation newsletter)