Sept. 18, 2023/FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AIRDRIE, AB – The City of Airdrie permanently located the Treaty 7 and Métis Nation flags in Council Chambers and in front of City Hall during a ceremony held earlier today.
"In our ongoing commitment to truth and reconciliation, we are raising the flags to honour Treaty 7 First Nations and Métis Peoples. We have heard from Indigenous community members that this would be an important measure in solidifying relationships and building trust within the entire community, benefiting both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples," says Mayor Peter Brown.
The flag raising ceremony was attended by Elders, Knowledge Keepers and representatives from the Blackfoot Confederacy, including the Siksika, Piikani and Kainai Nations, Tsuut’ina Nation, Stoney Nation, Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3, members of City Council and the local community.
In conjunction with this landmark event, the City of Airdrie also announced the creation of a new Heritage and Indigenous Relations team. The efforts of this team will help create a guiding strategy for the City and Council continue the relationship-building, learning, implementing change to achieve long-term reconciliation and relooking at land use through an archeological lens.
“We have taken significant steps in building relationships with the Indigenous community,” said Jennifer Lutz, team leader of Heritage and Indigenous Relations. “One of the focus areas of our team would be Nose Creek. It is known to be an important archaeological area, so ensuring the traditional knowledge and land use assessment is captured would be key. Further, co-creating a strategy with Indigenous Peoples is an important next step to support Council’s vision in Airdrie’s truth and reconciliation journey.”
To learn more of about the City of Airdrie’s steps towards Indigenous relations, please visit airdrie.ca/indigenousrelations.
Heritage and Indigenous Relations Team Leader, City of Airdrie
403.948.8800 ext. 8435