St. Albert's new city council opened the first meeting of their term on Monday night with a blessing from Alexander First Nation elder Tony Arcand. Earlier in the day, with most of council present, Arcand led a smudging ceremony to cleanse the council chambers and the Douglas Cardinal boardroom. During the council meeting, Sharon Morin from Michif Cultural Connections gifted the new council with a sash on behalf of the Métis nation, as well as individual gifts. The city has also added the Treaty 6 flag and the Métis flag to council chambers. Mayor Cathy Heron said the new council wanted to be informed about Indigenous relations, adding this term will see some important decisions made by council in regard to recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. "I think every community in Canada is starting to really recognize that they need to take an active role in the Truth and Reconciliation report," she said. "We're going to be getting some feedback from our staff because there's 95 recommendations in that report and a lot of them fall on the shoulders of municipalities." She added the council will be doing cultural sensitivity training. The meeting continued with each councillor being sworn-in by the Hon. B.R. Garriock and affirming the Code of Conduct. The meeting itself covered organizational matters, including the schedule for regular council meetings, committee of the whole meetings and governance, priorities and finance meetings; council start time; and the deputy mayor roster, which begins with Coun. Wes Brodhead.