On this day, the third National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, let us remind ourselves that we all, newcomers, settlers and Indigenous community members alike, are joined in Treaty relationships that are a fundamental, ongoing and living agreement between peoples. We all have a responsibility to continue learning about Indigenous culture and languages, to listen with open hearts and minds, and to do what we can to honour the voices of those who have been silenced. We are interconnected, not only through our shared history, but by the actions we take today, as individuals and as a society, to listen and to contribute to the shared journey of reconciliation. Let us make a sincere commitment to do whatever we can so that every person in our communities is able to thrive.
As His Majesty the King’s representative in Alberta, I offer my heartfelt thanks to everyone who is a part of this important work, along with my deep gratitude to the Indigenous leaders and community members who have generously shared their wisdom, experiences and friendship with me as I continue my own journey of learning.
Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani, AOE, BSc, LLD (hon), Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
September 30, 2023