The land on which we travel was once rightfully respected and acknowledged as being intertwined with the health, spirituality and well-being of all people. We grieve the loss of this connection, and respectfully request guidance from all of the peoples presently subject to Treaties 6, 7 and 8. Namely: The Blackfoot Confederacy- Kainai, Pikani, and Siksika- the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, the Tsuut’ina Nation and the Metis people of Alberta.
We extend our work as an effort towards reconciliation. In gratitude for the land on which we reside and in remorse for the pain and loss that continues today. We seek the wisdom of traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders as to how we may once again live in harmony with the land and with each other.
As Canadian citizens we have benefitted from the terms of the Indian Act, unjustly forced upon this region's First Nation's People. Our hearts are grieved by the actions of residential schools and we share in the responsibility of Truth and Reconciliation.
We must all protect the rights and human dignity of our fellow human beings.
We will continue to learn about local history and today's experienced realities so that we can effectively advocate and support all Canadians struggling agains systemic injustice and racism.