Indigenous Involvement

Positive change begins in our communities.

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Did you know?

Edmonton is home to the 2nd largest urban Indigenous population in Canada. It is second only to Winnipeg. Edmonton is also known as was known as a place of gathering and it is rich with a history of positive relationships, alliances and trading among indigenous peoples.

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Inclusive Communities help people feel valued; like they Belong.

Indigenous people face many roadblocks in their communities. These roadblocks are commonly perpetuated by factors such as racism and a feeling of not belonging. These factors can lead to higher rates of incarceration, and risk of mental health problems and suicide.

Often, this feeling of dis-belonging makes it more difficult for Indigenous people to engage, connect with their community and become involved with Community Leagues. Other factors can also contribute to this lack of involvement in community. These factors may include: the racial and cultural barrier between people put in place by racism, a lack of understanding and negative stereotypes, low incomes that inhibit a family's ability to afford a Community League membership, and a lack of Indigenous cultural aspects in events.

Many Indigenous people have experienced racism and trauma when going to school, living in their communities and while at work. in an attempt to shelter themselves and their loved ones from racism, many Indigenous people choose to disengage from their communities. Many of these traumas are passed down through generations and perpetuated through the children.

Indigenous people are a huge part of Edmonton's history and future. For these reasons, Community Leagues must go out of their way to engage and collaborate with the indigenous population. It is important to communicate to work towards a plan that is really beneficial to the Indigenous population and specifically tailored for the community. The best way to set appropriate goals is to work closely with Indigenous organizations and communicating with the Indigenous population and community members.

Benefits of Diversity and Multiculturalism

We believe that the engagement and inclusive actions of communities will be a step in the direction of promoting better understanding of diverse culture and history and to propagate an acceptance of cultural and racial diversity in Edmonton communities

Benefits for Community Leagues

Communities in Edmonton have many resources to create new events that welcome both Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals.

Organizations may contact Community Leagues to help plan and collaborate on Indigenous events. Many of these organizations plan events that engage and connect Indigenous people and welcome the non-Indigenous.

There are also many grants that can assist communities in planning these events.

Why is Reconciliation Necessary?

Historically Indigenous people have faced injustices such as cultural genocide, the loss of land and resources, disease, and the further negative impacts of colonization. Notable injustices include: residential schooling, The sixties scoop and Millennial scoop, the Highway of Tears, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, racisms of the Edmonton Bulletin ( and many others.

Indigenous people have also faced roadblocks such as racist and unconstitutional legislation imposed to assimilate and strip them of their rights. Examples of these include: Civilization Policy (1600's), Policy of Asimilation (1842), Gradual Civilization act (1857), and the White Paper.

Throughout history, Indigenous people have experienced many injustices. These injustices have lead to generations of shame, disconnect from culture and a feeling of dis-belonging.

(the document below provides only some of the historical events, we recommend doing your own research to find other events and alternative opinions)

What is a Treaty land Acknowledgment?

A territorial or land acknowledgement is an act of reconciliation that involves making a statement recognizing the traditional territory of the Indigenous people who called the land home.

The purpose of Treaty 6 acknowledgements is to recognize that Edmonton is located on traditional Indigenous land known by the Cree as ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᕀ ᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, Amiskwaci-waskahikan or “Beaver hill house”. This land is historically known as a place of gathering, creating agreements and trading between indigenous peoples. This land was taken from the Indigenous people through the means of miscommunications, and a struggle to survive during a period plagued by death, war, food shortage due to over hunting of buffalo and negative impact of alcohol all due to colonization. Land acknowledgements have become increasingly common in non-Indigenous spaces, especially since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on residential schools released its 94 calls to action in 2015.

What are the Calls to Action and How can We Employ Them?

The "Calls to Action" document was created in order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation.

Notable calls to action for community leagues include: 12, 66, and 68,

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The EFCL would like to acknowledge the land on which we are located is Treaty 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground for many Indigenous peoples. The territory on which the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues is located and operates has provided a travelling route and home to the Cree, Blackfoot, Metis and other Indigenous peoples.