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National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

On this day,

Iron & Earth’s team recognizes that we are settlers that inhabit unceded lands across Turtle Island, territories full of rich Indigenous history and traditions. We aim to honour and respect the past and present connection of Indigenous Peoples with this land, its waterways, and resources.

On Truth and Reconciliation Day, we join together to honour survivors, their families and communities, and to mourn all the children who were lost to the repressive residential school system. We also join our voices to those claiming for the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights, as well as the 94 Calls to Action proposed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

With this in mind, our organization is committed to always attaining free, prior, and informed consent when working with Indigenous Peoples, as well as our team being trained in accordance to the Call to Action number 92.iii with skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.

If you are interested in knowing more about this topic, please visit the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

In solidarity,

The Iron & Earth Team

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Iron & Earth was founded and operates on Indigenous land within Treaty Six Territory and Métis Region 4 in amiskwaciy-wâskahikan (in Nehiyawewin/Cree), so-called Edmonton. The home of many Indigenous Peoples including the Nehiyawak/Cree, Tsuut’ina, Niitsitapi/Blackfoot, Métis, Nakota Sioux, Haudenosaunee/Iroquois, Dene Suliné, Anishinaabe/Ojibway/Saulteaux, and the Inuk/Inuit.

We pay our respects to all Indigenous Peoples of this land. Through their spiritual and practical relationships with the land, a rich heritage for our learning and our life as a community has been created and maintained. We recognize that the transition to a low-carbon future must be led by Indigenous Peoples and that there will be no justice unless we acknowledge and repair our relationship with the land.

We are committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and upholding the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and acknowledge that we are always learning and unlearning practices that minimize harm and lead to the development of trust between us and Indigenous Peoples across Nations and urban centers.