Administrative Procedures

Treaty Acknowledgment Protocol

Administration of Policy and Legislation AP 150

Background

The Division recognizes the historical significance and contributions of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples and their cultures and understands the important role that the Indigenous communities play today and in the future. The Division also understands the importance of honoring the following Canadian historical events, namely:

June 3, 2015 – Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) closing ceremony

June 10, 2008 – National Statement of Apology to former students of Indian Residential Schools

June 21, 1996 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

These are days for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, whom the Canadian Constitution recognizes as Indigenous Peoples.

The Division recognizes the importance of honoring and acknowledging Treaty 6 Territory as we work towards strengthening relations and building bridges with our neighboring Indigenous communities.

Definitions

In the context of Indigenous cultures, “traditional territory” refers to a specific place within Alberta that has been a traditional meeting grounds, gathering place, and travelling route for the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Assiniboine, Stoney, Métis, Dene and Nakota Sioux.

Over 47 different First Nations are represented across Alberta.

Procedures

1. Division Staff shall acknowledge the Treaty 6 territory with a Treaty 6 Acknowledgement Statement at all board meetings and hosted public and/or community events and gatherings as deemed prudent to do so; typically, at those events where the National Anthem is played.

2. Administrators and school staff shall acknowledge the Treaty 6 territory with a Treaty 6 Acknowledgement Statement at significant school and/or community special events, celebrations and gatherings as deemed prudent to do so; typically, at those events where the National Anthem is played (not including the National Anthem at the onset of the school day).

3. The acknowledgement needs to be made at any appropriate time during the Opening Remarks.

4. Treaty 6 Acknowledgement shall appropriately reference:

4.1. The history of First Nations, Métis and Inuit people;

4.2. The ancestral land of Treaty 6 Territories;

4.3. Our neighboring Nations, including:

4.3.1. Paul First Nation,

4.3.2. Enoch Cree Nation,

4.3.3. Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, and

4.3.4. Alexander Cree Nation

5. Graphic elements or icons shall not be utilized when using an acknowledgement statement in print documents. The statements should appear in text form only.


Approved:

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Date Approved: August 29, 2019

Reference:
Education Act: Preamble
Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (2015)
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Alberta Human Rights Act

Reviewed or Revised:
Executive: August, 2019
Executive: June, 2019

References shall be updated as required and do not require additional approval.