First Baptist Church Edmonton is located on Treaty 6 land, a traditional territory of the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene and Nakota Sioux. Our church building is in the place now called Edmonton, which was known as and continues by some to be called amiskwaciy-wâskahikan, meaning Beaver Hills House in Cree.
We echo the words of those who have said “we are all treaty people.” We acknowledge that we, as a church organization, benefit greatly from treaties with Canada’s First Nations.
We share responsibility for respecting and honouring treaty relationships, in this generation and in those to come. Our responsibility includes living in balance with the land, and with nature. The Cree word wahkohtowin reminds us that we are all connected in the great circle of life. We recognize the teachings and wisdom of Indigenous elders and knowledge-keepers as we seek reconciliation with this place and all creation.