We are on a journey of understanding and healing.
There remains much pain in our communities but also signs of progress and hope.
While our specific aim is co-creation of a new Face of Edmonton,
some issues, visions and potential actions that arose in this ongoing consultation are below.
1.1. There is a consensus to keep it undeveloped and allow people to continue to enjoy its natural beauty.
1.2. Commitment is needed from all levels of government to protect as much of the river valley as possible in perpetuity.
2.1. Phase 1 was designed jointly by the City of Edmonton and
2.2. Phase 2 includes a boardwalk with places to pray and chainlink fence replacement; IKWC welcomes donations.
3.1. The name of Oliver Square has been changed to Unity Square
5.1. Placing the Buffalo and the Buffalo Fur Trader by the Walterdale Bridge would have provoked deep thought but also much pain.
5.2. Consider co-creation and using publicly-funded art to respect our past, present & future and provide understanding and healing.
6.1. The Truth and Reconciliation Report makes recommendations including on commemoration.
6.2. As a result Kihciy Maskikiy/Aakaakmotaani was installed by the Alberta Legislature on Sept 29, 2023.
7.1. The Rossdale Traditional Burial Grounds Memorial was formed by a consultation, providing a way forwards.
7.2. There are many more burial grounds throughout the river valley, these also need to be respected.
This project was started by a family with ancestry in Europe and now living in Edmonton.
We started this project in 2015 in response to the City's call to re-imagine Edmonton.
In 2023 we expanded our consultation after discussions with our Councillors.
We learned from emerging leaders, Elders and Knowledge Keepers including
Anita Cardinal, Terry Lusty, Lewis Cardinal, Sharon Cherweniuk, Jo-Ann Saddleback and Heather Shillinglaw
who shared their stories and visions,
and we thank you for your interest and insights.
We are committed to helping our community, and value your input.