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Walk For Common Ground

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Did you know that City of Lacombe residents living on Treaty 6 land, and are governed by Treaty 6?  Many of us may not realize this, and there’s so much to learn about what the treaties across Canada mean to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people living in Canada.  In Alberta there are 16 nations of Indigenous people who live with us under Treaty 6, Treaty 7 or Treaty 8.   But just what does this mean, and how does it impact our lives?  There is a great opportunity to learn coming up next week, during the Walk for Common Ground event.

Walk for Common Ground:

  • 30 core walkers are making the trek from Edmonton to Calgary and will walk to Lacombe on
    June 6th.  Citizens are welcome to join in the walk for a block, a mile, or whatever distance they are comfortable with, either on the 6th or the 7th of June.  The walk will leave Ponoka at 8:30 a.m. on June 6, and arrive at Burman University by 4 p.m..  This is not a fundraiser, but is designed to provide an opportunity for knowledge sharing.
  • At 7 p.m. on June 6 at College Heights Church, the walkers will facilitate a short Treaty teaching session, followed by a Talking Circle. The intent is to engage indigenous and non-indigenous citizens in reflection and dialogue about the myths, facts and obligations of Treaty relationships and create a safe space to explore better future possibilities. Everyone is invited to join the circle at Burman University.
  • On June 7, the walk leaves Burman University at 8:30 a.m. and will end at St. Leonard’s Anglican Church in Red Deer, with another Treaty Talk at 7 p.m..

To help you understand what a Treaty Talk and Talking Circle are, Check out a tremendous video,  Treaty Talk – Sharing the River of Life . The video is a teaching tool to build understanding, allyship and bridges for better relationships and working together. This film, through the sharing of traditional Cree understanding on natural law and treaty, explores and models how indigenous nations and non-indigenous allies in Canada can come together to transform racism and discrimination at a local and systemic level and to build a future of mutual benefit.

More information about the walk and the Treaty Talk can be found on this poster.

Event Dates

Dates Times
June 6, 2019 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
June 7, 2019 - May 28, 2019 8:00 am - 9:00 am