|The Village of Spring Lake is located on
Treaty 6 Territory
We acknowledge Treaty 6 territory—the traditional and ancestral territory of the Cree, Dene, Blackfoot, Saulteaux and Nakota Sioux.
We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Settlements and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Regions 2, 3 and 4 within the historical Northwest Métis Homeland. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgment as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.
Spring Lake's Dream Catcher
This photo of our gorgeous Dream Catcher was taken on the night of 2023's very first full moon.
The opportunity was just too much to pass on!
It was a beautiful night and an absolutely special moment in time to capture.
Thank you so much for the photo, Sarah!
Photo Credit: Sarah Denby
Ojibwe Dream Catcher Legend
This beautifully made plaque, located in the Village of Spring Lake, represents and honors respect, truth, and reconciliation.
Here, you will learn about the Ojibwe Dream Catcher Legend.
Photo Credit: Randy Denby, Public Works Manager
Day for Truth and Reconciliation
On September 30th, the Day for Truth and Reconciliation, Canadians learn, recognize, and reflect upon the history and ongoing legacy of residential schools, the trauma experienced by many, and the hope for a healthy future. The day emphasizes the ongoing need for reconciliation and building and strengthening relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
September 30th is also Orange Shirt Day; a day when Canadians wear orange to recognize the ongoing intergenerational effects of residential schools and to acknowledge that
The orange shirt symbolizes the stripping away of culture, self-esteem, and freedom from Indigenous children over generations.
Learn the truth about the past through events, books, films, and other resources, and reach out to Elders or Knowledge Keepers, now and throughout the year.
|How Orange Shirt Day Began
Orange Shirt Day began in British Columbia in 2013 when a residential school survivor, Phyllis Webstad, shared her story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day at a residential school. Since then, Orange Shirt Day has been an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, governments, schools, and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation.
Commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
In Spring Lake, we commemorate the day every year and encourage people to participate in events close to them.