Message from Robert Philp, Queen's Counsel,

Chief of the Commission and Tribunals

(June 20, 2016)
On June 21st, we commemorate National Aboriginal Day

This day is an opportunity for Canadians to celebrate indigenous culture and First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. It provides an opportunity for all Albertans to experience indigenous culture and learn more about the history of indigenous peoples. Canada's indigenous peoples have a long history.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission's final report, released December 15, 2016, allows us to more deeply and profoundly understand the lived experience of indigenous Albertans with Indian Residential Schools and the critical need for reconciliation. 

"The Alberta Human Rights Commission has committed to using the recommendations of the TRC Final Report to inform our work and to ongoing and continued learning to increase our knowledge and understanding of the issues facing Alberta's indigenous peoples," says Mr. Robert Philp, Queen's Counsel, Chief of the Commission and Tribunals, Alberta Human Rights Commission.

"For example, members of executive leadership team have participated in the Calgary Police Service's Aboriginal Justice Camp, which was a transformative in-depth cultural experience that introduced us to indigenous peoples' history and traditional values, as well as to the current issues facing Alberta's indigenous peoples and communities.

"In addition, our entire staff participated in indigenous culture training where Reg Crowshoe and others shared their traditional ceremonies and teachings about Alberta's history, Indian Residential Schools, the importance of ethical space, intergenerational trauma and cultural confusion, and how to move forward with reconciliation.

"Each of us, individually and collectively as a society, have the opportunity to move forward in a meaningful and intentional way from a very dark past towards recovery, reconciliation and full inclusion."   

You can view Mr. Philp's video message.


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.