Action for Healthy Communities acknowledges the significance of the Walking Together event, which will see Pope Francis travel to Indigenous communities throughout Canada. From July 24 to July 29, Pope Francis will travel to meet with Indigenous communities in Alberta, Quebec, and Nunavut. 

Watch the live stream of the Papal Mass 

What is the reason for this event?

  • The Pope will formally apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada’s Indian Residential School System.

  • An apology from the Pope is one of the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

  • As newcomers and settlers to Canada, we take this time to acknowledge the pain of colonization and learn more about our Indigenous neighbours.

  • Today AHC staff and volunteers are wearing orange to support the Indigenous community during the Papal visit.

Read the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) Calls to Action

As an organization working towards improving peoples’ well being, we acknowledge our presence on Treaty 6 territory and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4, a traditional meeting grounds, gathering place, and travelling route for the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene, Ojibway, Anishinaabe, Nakota Sioux, and Inuit, as our responsibility to extend support for healing to our Indigenous Community members during this difficult times.

We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries and whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to influence our vibrant community.

As an organization, we commit ourselves to continue to acknowledge, learn, understand, and create opportunities to educate our staff, volunteers, and community members about the lived experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis, walking the path of reconciliation.

View the Indigenous-related activities taking place in Edmonton this month!