Innovate Edmonton is situated on Treaty Six territory and Metis Nation Zone 4 land – commonly known amongst the Cree as Amiskwaciwâskahikan, ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, and amongst Settlers as Edmonton, Alberta. We humbly acknowledge the traumatic history of Indigenous Peoples and their very important role as steward of the land. We understand our ongoing responsibility to contribute to Truth and Reconciliation and will do this through education and social change, doing the work of learning and unlearning, and participating actively in Reconciliation to build trusted reciprocal relationships with Indigenous Peoples who have long called this land home.
In the spirit of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in Canada, Innovate Edmonton commits to acting by:
- Honouring the Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action #92: “Business and Reconciliation.”
- Providing education, to engage in conversations with and about Indigenous Peoples to understand the historic Truth of oppression and of systemic racism.
- Building relationships and partnerships with Indigenous communities, businesses, entrepreneurs and supporting agencies.
- Creating an environment that is inclusive, equitable and welcoming for Indigenous employees, partners, and public who may enter our spaces, be a part of our projects and programs, or engage with people across the organization.
- Identifying and supporting opportunities for employment, contracting or procurement for Indigenous businesses and economic development partners.
- Sharing knowledge and learning with our innovation ecosystem partners to encourage their ongoing Reconciliation efforts and to generate positive and lasting change.
We recognize that this journey of Truth and Reconciliation is one that will require time, resources, effort, attention, and intention across our organization. We are committed to learning, growing, listening, sharing, and taking action to support Indigenous innovation, Indigenous entrepreneurs, Indigenous organizations to realize the vision of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s call to action #92.