October 17th, 2017

SACPA to discuss Reconciliation process


By Kuhl, Nick on September 14, 2017.

Lethbridge Herald

In December 2015, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its 94 “Calls to Action,” calling on all forms of government to begin the process of reconciliation.

Today, during the regular weekly SACPA session, speaker Roy Pogorzelski will ask “Is the City of Lethbridge responding adequately to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations?”

Pogorzelski, a traditional MŽtis from Saskatchewan, is the director for the Iikaisskini (Low Horn) FNMI Gathering Place at University of Lethbridge. He has worked with several municipalities to create a National Equity and Inclusion Guide, and chaired the Reconciliation Committee for the City of Lethbridge. Melanie Joly, Canadian Heritage minister, recently appointed Pogorzelski to a four-year term as a director for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation.

The Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network (LISN) has been created to start discussing urban indigenous issues in Lethbridge. Reconciliation is considered a main priority.

Last year, a reconciliation sub-committee collaborated with Lethbridge City Council and administration and consulted with Elders from the Blackfoot Confederacy to come up with a plan. The speaker will elaborate on the specifics of the plan, which also will be highlighted during various events at Lethbridge Reconciliation Week next week.

SACPA runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Country Kitchen Catering.

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