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It’s #PrideMonth! As allies, here are some questions we’re asking. We know there is still work to do and we will continue to strive to be allies who help not harm. We want to be part of the solution. #happypride #loveislove #equality #inclusivity #translivesmatter https://t.co/TrVhXUJuQM
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It’s #PrideMonth! It's also #PrideParade weekend in #Toronto and #Edmonton! We know there is still work to do and we will continue to strive to be allies who help not harm. We want to be part of the solution. This Pride Month we’re...
GEC Architecture2 weeks ago
#Calgary is currently experiencing its heaviest #rainfall in recent years! The recently renovated Glenmore Dam at the Glenmore Reservoir is keeping Calgarians safe. More here: https://t.co/k6fPqmrTy4 #YYC #Alberta #dam #flood #mitigation #architecture #construction #innovation https://t.co/o5FIxG4Ibl
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#Calgary is currently experiencing its heaviest rainfall in recent years! The Glenmore Dam at the Glenmore Reservoir keeps Calgarians safe by managing flow rates and reducing the risk of downstream flooding and riverbank erosion on the Elbow River. Since the flood in 2013, flood resiliency...
gecarchitecture3 weeks ago
Our team is celebrating wins for two 2022 Prairie Wood Design Awards! Congratulations to our staff, talented design team, and the teams at @cantirohomes and @westernarchrib for their innovation on 300 West Block, a three-storey mass timber commercial building yielding a stunning interior aesthetic at...
gecarchitecture3 weeks ago
Our team is celebrating wins for two 2022 Prairie Wood Design Awards! Congratulations to our staff, talented design team, and the teams @calgarytransit, @cityofcalgary, and @structurlam for their creativity and innovation on the Calgary Transitway Stations design project that implements wood throughout the...
GEC Architecture3 weeks ago
We are celebrating wins for two 2022 Prairie Wood Design Awards! Congratulations to our design teams, @Structurlam, @WesternArchrib, and our amazing clients for their innovative uses of #wood on 300 West Block and the Calgary Transitway Stations! https://t.co/W66nzozTe0 #yeg #yyc

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Indigenous peoples, communities and culture are a rich and important part of our nation’s history and identity. The residential school system was, and continues to be, a tragic legacy in Canada’s story and a reminder that discrimination, violence and inequality were, and still are, pervasive issues in Indigenous and Canadian society. Therefore, it is important for us to see, to hear and to believe the Indigenous voices and positions on the intergenerational harm that residential schools have caused, and how we can come together in unity, understanding, and action on these issues.

September 30 is Canada’s first National Day of Truth and Reconciliation; it is also international Orange Shirt Day. Both events recognize and acknowledge the history of Canada’s residential schools, honour their survivors, and remember those whose voices have been lost. It is an important day, and step, for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians, in the learning and discussion of, and the healing and understanding process that comes next. The color orange shows solidarity with this messaging, and is an important visual for all in ensuring that Indigenous voices are seen, are heard, and are believed.

On September 30, our studios will be closed in honour of the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We encourage our community to use this day to reflect, remember and honour the children and families that were part of Canada’s residential school system, and to learn more about the path to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and communities across our nation.

Below are links to relevant resources, as well as ceremonies and events in Toronto, Edmonton and Calgary for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation that you can attend and learn more about:

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Orange Shirt Day

Toronto Events

Edmonton Events

Calgary Events

For the architecture industry, incorporating traditional ways of knowing into the design process is a unique opportunity to work with Indigenous peoples and to reflect their cultures and voices; It is an opportunity to rethink equity, diversity and inclusion in our built environment. Below is an article from Canadian Architect providing resources that may be of interest to architects and designers for learning and consideration:

Canadian Architect – Resources for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation