The City of Edmonton and Marigold Infrastructure Partners celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony at Lewis Farms Transit Centre on May 27, 2022, commemorating one full year of construction of the Edmonton Valley Line West LRT Project.
The event was inaugurated by Federal Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance Randy Boissonnault, Provincial Minister of Transportation Rajan Sawhney, and Mayor Amarjeet Sohi. City Councillors Andrew Knack, Sarah Hamilton, and Anne Stevenson also joined the celebrations. The event was emceed by Adam Laughlin, Deputy City Manager of Integrated Infrastructure Services for the City of Edmonton.
On the Valley Line West LRT project specifically, we have benefited greatly from knowledge and perspectives shared by First Nations and Métis communities through site visits in 2018, plant harvesting and ceremonies in 2020, and more recently, site monitoring during construction, and a ceremony for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation in 2021.
The Lewis Farms transit centre and future LRT station is located on former Enoch Cree Nation reserve land, which was surrendered in 1902. It is important to the City that we continue to engage meaningfully and respectfully with Enoch Cree Nation, and other First Nations and Métis communities with historic and cultural connections to this territory. An indigenous ceremony was performed by Walter White and Marcel Pelletier in recognition of this traditional land.
CLICK HERE to watch the 2022 Look Ahead Video for the Valley Line West LRT.
Construction carries on along the entire Valley Line West LRT as we bring this monumental project to life in Edmonton, Alberta.
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