Along the Sturgeon River across from St. Albert Place is a beautiful little spot with markers called the Healing Garden. Have you ever stopped by and read the panels adjacent to this garden? Have you ever thought about the long history that St. Albert has?
How many others before us walked along the Sturgeon River up the hill to one of two Residential Schools that were located in our community: the Youville Convent (1873 to 1948) and the Edmonton Indian Residential School (Poundmaker site 1924 to 1968).
These schools were intentionally set up by the Canadian Government as a way to assimilate Indigenous peoples, most of the schools were run in partnership with the Government. At the height of the Residential School system Alberta had the most schools of any of the provinces in Canada. Indigenous children from all corners of Canada were placed far away from their homes and culture. sometimes never to return back to their homes and families.
Please come back later this week as we discuss more about the Healing Garden in our community that was developed in response to the legacy of residential schools in St. Albert.
In the meantime, for more information about the Healing Garden, please visit: http://museeheritage.ca/heritage-sites/founders-walk/the-st-albert-healing-garden/