A teepee has been raised near the RCMP detachment in Airdrie, where a ceremony will be held on Sept. 30 to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
RCMP officers and employees of the Southern Alberta RCMP District built the teepee on Sept. 14. Public viewings are available until Sept. 29.
RCMP officials say due to current health restrictions, the Sept. 30 ceremony will not be open to the public.
Elder Jackson Wesley from the Stoney Nakoda First Nation performed a smudging ceremony inside the teepee after it was raised. Jackson is a member of the RCMP Chaplaincy Program.
Southern Alberta District RCMP police several Indigenous communities on Treaty 7 territory, including the Siksika, Piikani, and Stoney Nakoda First Nations. The teepee was purchased to use at various events and ceremonies in southern Alberta.