Message from William D. McFetridge, Q.C., Acting Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission

(June 20, 2018)

​National Indigenous Peoples Day 2018

“Today we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day.

“On June 21st, and over the following weekend, I encourage all Albertans to participate in local events to celebrate Indigenous culture and the contributions that Indigenous people make to the fabric of Alberta society.

“The Alberta Human Rights Commission is actively working to strengthen our relationships with the Indigenous community.

“At our conversations last spring, communities told us about the human rights issues they are facing, the work they are doing to address these issues, and how we can help support them to overcome these challenges.

“What we heard from participants loudly and clearly confirmed what we already know: that marginalized groups, in particular Indigenous people, continue to face ongoing racism and discrimination.

“In response to what we heard, the Commission is working with our partners—including Indigenous groups—on the Coalitions Creating Equity initiative.

“This initiative establishes five hubs across Alberta where communities will come together to collaborate with one another and determine the best way to address the human rights issues identified at the conversations and in their regions.

“Through community engagement, leadership support, and capacity building, communities will focus on equity, racism, and human rights issues with the aim of creating more welcoming and inclusive communities that are free from racism and discrimination.

“Sharing in our diversity enhances the richness of life for everyone.

“Alberta is stronger when all members of society are valued, included and respected.

 “The more we engage with one another to learn about Indigenous culture and our shared history, the better situated we are to break down the barriers and improve human rights for everyone.”

Our vision is a vibrant and inclusive Alberta where the rich diversity of people is celebrated and respected, and where everyone has the opportunity to fully participate in society, free from discrimination.