September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
This day serves to honour the survivors and victims of residential schools, as well as their families and communities.
Here is everything going on in the area this weekend to commemorate the day:
The Indigenous Society of Fort Saskatchewan will be hosting a community round dance and pipe ceremony on September 30 starting at 4:30 p.m. at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hall.
The Fort Saskatchewan Multicultural Association will also be commemorating the event at Legacy Park on the same day between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
At Broadmoor Lake Park in Sherwood Park, the county will be hosting their free event between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on September 30. This event will feature a smudging ceremony, Indigenous speakers, and even a few art exhibits from Indigenous artists.
St. Albert will be hosting their event on September 30 starting at 9 a.m. and going until 3 p.m. at 15 Mission Avenue. The event is free and features a round dance, an honour walk, and some live entertainment.
There are several events going on for Truth and Reconciliation Day in Edmonton.
The Alberta Indigenous Games takes place in several venues across the city between September 29 and October 1. Cost is free for spectators.
Between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on September 30, the Telus World of Science will conduct a tipi raising, an Indigenous vendors market, and several craft activities. Admission is free for Indigenous guests.
There’s also a community walk going on September 30 between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. starting in Mary Burlie Park. Admission is free, with orange shirts and lunch being provided.