ALIGN Association’s Commitment to Truth and Reconciliation

ALIGN Association of Community Services is dedicated to upholding the principles of Truth and Reconciliation and are committed to supporting the well-being of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children, youth, families, and communities.

We understand the importance of self-determination for Indigenous Peoples and recognize their unique knowledge, traditions, and ways of life. Therefore, we pledge to actively involve and incorporate traditional ways of knowing, being, and doing in our work. We believe that by embracing and respecting Indigenous perspectives, we can better serve the needs of Indigenous children and families.

To address the systemic inequities experienced by Indigenous communities, we are committed to creating inclusive spaces for Indigenous staff, partners, and community members. Through this, we aim to amplify Indigenous voices and advocate for positive change from within our organization and beyond.

We fully embrace the recommendations regarding child welfare outlined in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, understanding the disproportionate number of Indigenous children in care. Aligning with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), we acknowledge and support the individual and collective rights of Indigenous Peoples, opposing discriminatory policies and practices.

In pursuit of genuine and lasting partnerships, we will actively seek to establish meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations at local, provincial, and national levels. Grounded in principles of equity, good faith, and mutual respect, we seek collaboration to ensure that our services are equitable, accessible, and culturally relevant and responsive to the needs of Indigenous children, youth, and families.

ALIGN Association of Community Services is committed to working hand in hand with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit embracing their heritage and advocating for their rights, as we embark on a journey of Reconciliation and healing.

Actions we have and will continue to make include:

  • Honoring traditional practices with protocol, to engage ceremony Elders for guidance and support in all initiatives.
  • Establishing partnerships with Indigenous communities to create resource-sharing networks and support community-led initiatives.
  • Advocating for and amplifying Indigenous voices in policy and decision-making processes.
  • Continuous learning about Indigenous history and the long term effects of the 60’s scoop and the residential school system;
  • Identifying and acknowledging the territory we live on and work on;
  • Continuously listening and learning;
  • Offering culturally relevant training and workshops to our members;
  • Acknowledging and attending National Truth and Reconciliation Week/Day events;
  • Listening to indigenous voices, especially those with lived experience;
  • Supporting Indigenous staff and agencies; and
  • Supporting Indigenous creators and businesses






Based out of Edmonton, we are a provincial collection of allies – a unified community of agencies that represents the diverse needs of Alberta’s children and families. We are proud to champion the work of our front line service providers and to support our members. Together, we are stronger.


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