The Reconciliation Garden, Kihciy Maskikiy/Aakaakmotaani Now Open to the Public
The Opening Ceremony
On Friday, September 29th, the Reconciliation Garden ‘Kihciy Maskikiy / Aakaakmotaani’ opened to the public in honour of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Our office was grateful to have been given the invitation to attend the opening ceremony. This garden and monument serve as sincere representations of Alberta’s dedication to achieving reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. Additionally, the event provided an opportunity to celebrate and honor young Indigenous talent through culturally significant dance performances, drumming and heartfelt songs.
At the heart of this garden stands a stone monument crafted by Cree sculptor Stewart Steinhauer. Entitled ‘Mother Earth Circling: Healing from the residential school experience,’ this monument stands as a solemn memorial to the victims and survivors of Canada’s residential school system. Holding exceptional significance, the monument directly responds to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 82nd Call to Action.
Guided by Elders, the garden has been designed as a place for reflection, prayer, seeking guidance, and solace. It symbolizes our collective aspiration for a brighter future characterized by understanding, insight, hope, and peace.
Journey to Reconciliation
Our staff across both offices are working collaboratively to enhance services for Indigenous Peoples.
September 30 marks the third National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, coinciding with Orange Shirt Day. On this day, we reflect on the tragic legacy of residential schools, remember the missing children, the families left behind, and honour the survivors of these institutions.
In observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we encourage our staff in their journey of exploration into the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences, and stories of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples.
For more information about First Nations, Inuit, and Métis-led virtual activities, please visit the official pages of these National Indigenous Organizations: