“A lot of the women have been taken from Alberta Avenue neighbourhood, It would be heartwarming to create a place so that we can honor these women, at the same time, use this opportunity to educate the public”
The Alberta Avenue Community League is embarking on a multi-year process to turn an unnamed park into a memorial for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
The main park for this project (currently designated by the City as "Alberta Avenue Park 4") is located at the north-west corner of 121 Avenue and 90 Street (across 90 Street from Delton School) with three smaller additional parks to the west of it (officially known by the City as "Alberta Avenue Park 5", "Alberta Avenue Park 7" and "Alberta Avenue Park 8") being transformed to create a processional approach to the main park.
This project is still in its very early stages, with much more consultation and work to be done over the coming years before it is completed, however some infrastructure improvements may be added as early as summer 2021 as part of the scheduled neighbourhood renewal process (see below for the Neighbourhood Renewal Vision Statement) .
The MMIWG+ Parks Project is currently being overseen by a committee consisting of both indigenous and non-indigenous voices from within Alberta Avenue as well as Edmonton as a whole.
The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls released its final report in 2019, delivering 231 calls for justice. Many of those recommendations call for more awareness around the issue and a better understanding among Canadians of Indigenous cultures and history.
Stephanie Harpe, a proud member of the Fort Mckay First Nation, joined 89.3 The Raven Edmonton, to talk about the proposed park