As part of their commitment to the Enoch Cree Nation and the Truth and Reconciliation of Canada, Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Edmonton, Alberta, is devoted to restoring a foundation of shared faith and tradition with Indigenous community members. The Parish is planning to build a healing pavilion, featuring aisles and a platform, and surrounded by traditional gardens.
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M.E. LaZerte High School in Edmonton, Alberta is an educational hub for nearly 9,000 students from 15 elementary and junior high schools. The student population represents over 80 cultural backgrounds and 70 languages, with many students identifying as First Nation, Métis, or Inuit, emphasizing the rich diversity that shapes the school's community.
For over a century, Indigenous children endured the traumatic experience of Indian Residential Schools in Canada, and the haunting legacy continues with the search for those who never returned home. Many Indigenous Nations are actively seeking their lost children, employing archaeological remote sensing and geophysics to locate potential burial sites. However, limited support and resources hinder these crucial efforts.
The effects of intergenerational trauma and the legacy of residential schools have contributed to the breakdown of the family unit in many Indigenous communities, often resulting in family crisis, dysfunction, and substance abuse. Recognizing the need for holistic healing that addresses the entire family unit, Bearwoman & Associates, through its non-profit arm, Heart Spirit Healing and Wellness, introduces the Mother Bear Wellness Project.
The scars of historical injustices weigh heavily on Indigenous Elders and seniors, creating a pressing need for healing, reconciliation, and cultural revitalization. The Edmonton Aboriginal Seniors Centre (EASC), with its over 300 members, knows all too well the profound impact of intergenerational trauma, loss of cultural knowledge, and fractured identities on its community.
Cree people across Turtle Island are seeking a renewed sense of pride in their heritage, free from the shadows of historical trauma. The Catholic Parish of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Alberta is spearheading an initiative to revive the Cree language as part of the community's prayers and hymns, with the goal of instilling a renewed sense of pride in Cree Catholics that transcends the painful legacy of the residential school system.
The Lac Ste. Anne Steel Tipi Monument, named Dagucayami Inishnobge ("our past relatives"), is a project initiated by the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation. The purpose behind the monument is to ensure that the Nation’s rich heritage, spirituality, and enduring connection to the land are retained for future generations.
The Children, Family, and Community Services (CFCS) branch within Catholic Social Services (CSS) provides support and housing for high-risk youth who have faced trauma and abuse, as well as shelter for vulnerable women and children escaping domestic violence.
In the spirit of reconciliation and acknowledging the historical role of the Church in the residential school system, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools in St. Albert, Alberta, are committed to fostering healing and growth within their school communities. A key priority in the organization’s three-year plan is to incorporate the teaching and learning of knowledge of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in educational plans.
Recognizing the importance of holistic well-being, TELUS World of Science-Edmonton (TWOSE) is stepping up its efforts to provide more comprehensive and culturally relevant programming for Indigenous youth.