National Indigenous Peoples Day is a time for us all to honour the rich traditions and history of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, to recognize the essential journey of reconciliation that continues today, and to pledge our shared commitment to building a stronger future for all Indigenous People.

While we have made progress towards Truth and Reconciliation, the recent discovery of the mass graves in Kamloops reminds us that there are still so many Indigenous people among us who are hurting and who need our support, patience and understanding. Seeing citizens of all ethnicities and walks of life come together at vigils to grieve this terrible loss is a powerful reminder of the positive role that each of us can play in healing and in charting a better path forward. Indigenous beliefs recognize the interconnectivity of all living things. This applies to the beautiful land that we share and the natural world that surrounds us, and it also reflects the profound responsibility we each hold to care for and nurture one another.

On this special day and on every day of the year, as we celebrate the diverse beauty, strength and wisdom of Indigenous cultures, let us also renew our shared commitment to fostering peace, hope and reconciliation in our communities.

Her Honour, the Honourable Salma Lakhani AOE, B.Sc., LLD (hon)

Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

June 21, 2021