Extra accolades for Fort Edmonton Park Indigenous Peoples Expertise
“The Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton is a place of learning, of hope and of continued reconciliation. It is such an honor to have this space that celebrates and shares the rich history and legacy of the Indigenous peoples who originally called this land home right here in our city,” said Edmonton Mayor Amarjeet Sohi. “It comes as no surprise to learn this important and impressive exhibit has been recognized on the international stage. I encourage all Edmontonians to visit this space.”
ULI began the Awards for Excellence program in 1979 to recognize superior development efforts in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Today the real estate and land use industry widely recognizes the ULI Global Awards for Excellence as one of its most prestigious awards programs.
“This experience is the first of its kind in Canada and arguably the most relevant,” said Fort Edmonton president Darren Dalgleish. “The Indigenous Peoples Experience explores the rich cultures of local First Nations and Métis Peoples while encouraging guests to seek out truths lived by Indigenous Peoples before and after European contact. This opportunity to showcase Indigenous culture and history comes at a critical time in Canada’s efforts to reconcile with Indigenous Peoples.”
Conversations with more than 50 Indigenous Elders, historians, educators and community members informed the content shared in the exhibit. The stories and artwork come directly from Indigenous perspectives gathered through engagement with more local Indigenous nations, historical documents and research. Music was written and composed by local award-winning indigenous musicians and performers through an artist residency.
The Indigenous Peoples Experience also recently received a Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement – Heritage Center.