Short videos share important perspectives on rural Alberta
The RMA is undertaking a campaign to demonstrate the unique nature of our members and rural Alberta more broadly. Through a series of videos and written stories, the RMA will showcase our Uniquely Rural members. These videos will allow the RMA to demonstrate the true nature of rural communities to a broad audience and help set the record straight on some common misconceptions about rural Alberta.
These videos will be released weekly over the coming months. The first video and webpage explore the strong sense of rural community present in our members. Watch for additional videos in the coming weeks.
Initiatives demonstrate a commitment to pursuing truth and reconciliation
September 30 is a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.
In a bulletinadvising members of ways to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the RMA requested members share how they will be acknowledging the day. The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo provided the following:
On behalf of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, the Indigenous and Rural Relations Department was pleased to invite residents of Wood Buffalo to sign up and participate in the 2022 Truth and Reconciliation Challenge. The challenge launched on Monday August 15 and continues to unfold over seven weeks, leading up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30. The challenge provides people with an opportunity to personalize their reconciliation journey with thought-provoking content and create a deeper interest and understanding by breaking down barriers and creating community inclusivity. Participants have access to resources, activities and exclusive events that are only available to those that register. Additional information can also be found at: https://www.rmwb.ca/en/truth-and-reconciliation/truth-and-reconciliation-challenge.aspx
The Indigenous and Rural Relations Department (IRR) distributed over 700 orange shirts to employees and encouraged all staff to wear their shirts every Friday up to and including September 30 in recognition of Orange Shirt Day. The postcard provided employees with a brief history of Canada’s residential schools, as well as the story behind the orange shirt initiative.
To collaborate on ways to meaningfully commemorate the day and honour Survivors, Indigenous and Rural Relations (IRR) created a working group and invited representatives of the six First Nations, the six Métis communities, and a broad range of community partners to participate. Based on discussions with the working group, three events have been planned for September 30:
Community Gathering on the stairs of the Jubilee Building (City Hall) that will include drumming and a prayer. The Gathering will commence at 9:30 am and will be a way to set intentions for the day and bring awareness to its meaning.
Community Walk from the Jubilee to MacDonald Island with light refreshments upon arrival. The walk will commence at approximately 10:00 am and will be open to the entire community.
Honouring Survivors Luncheons will commence at noon. Each luncheon will be open to Survivors and their families, and will take place in the following communities:
This year, the RMWB also commissioned the creation of a tipi to symbolize the municipality’s commitment to reconciliation. The tipi was manufactured locally by a member of McMurray Métis, and was painted by local Indigenous artist, Amy Keller-Rempp. RMWB proudly unveiled the RMWB tipi at MacDonald Island during celebrations for National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21, 2022, and it has been the focal point at several events since that time. The municipality is committed to advancing reconciliation in the region and continues to build annually on its efforts to create awareness and offer learning opportunities that lead to a greater understanding of the true history and Indigenous culture that makes Wood Buffalo a great place to live, learn, work, and play.
Alberta Water Council will demonstrate risk assessment tool
Alberta Water Council(AWC) is hosting a webinar to demonstrate the Healthy River Ecosystem Assessment System (THREATS). THREATS is a secure, web-based data visualization and analysis platform. It incorporates both spatial and time series data sets as well as predictive and scenario models. It is designed to be modular and customizable with the intent to make data access, analysis, and visualization quick and convenient.
The webinar session will provide an overview of modules and data sets within the platform that aid in the development of source water protection and watershed management plans.
Registerfor the free webinar being hosted on September 27, 2022 from 9:00 to 10:30 am.
Deadline for the introductory and intermediate asset management cohorts is extended until September 30, 2022
Does your municipality want to learn more about how asset management can improve your community? In collaboration with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the RMA, Alberta Municipalities, and IAMA are providing the following educational cohortsto municipalities:
Following the endorsement of resolutions by RMA members, the RMA forwards the resolutions to the appropriate provincial or federal ministry or organization for an initial response. Based on the response received, the RMA assigns the resolution a status and drafts an initial reaction.
The RMA updates the resolutions database and issues bulletins with updates as responses are received. The RMA has received additional responses to two member resolutions passed at the spring convention in 2022. Given these responses, the RMA has drafted an initial reaction to two resolutions.
The government responses, statuses, and the RMA reactions can be viewed for each resolution on the RMA Resolutions Database:
Continued Support for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Alberta
The RMA plans to release its summer 2022 Advocacy Report Card in the coming months, which will include statuses and reactions to all other spring 2022 resolutions for which a government response is received, as well as status and reaction updates to all other active resolutions.