By Schnarr, J.W. on June 13, 2018.
Lethbridge City Council is moving ahead with reconciliation efforts with the establishment of a new advisory committee.
On Monday, council established the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee, providing structure and duties to the group that will head Lethbridge’s Reconciliation Implementation plan.
Terms of reference have been approved and provide a formal structure for the committee, which will act in an advisory capacity to city council on issues relating to reconciliation.
The committee will also promote mutual understanding and support of urban Indigenous populations and the City’s relationship with the Blackfoot Confederacy.
“City council is committed to working meaningfully with our Indigenous community to foster trusting relationships as well as awareness and understanding of Indigenous histories, traditions and cultures,” Mayor Chris Spearman said in a release. “It is our responsibility to build a community that is welcoming and inclusive to all citizens.”
The committee will be made up of 17 members and composed of representation from city council, the Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network, neighbouring First Nations, the business sector, the education sector, and community members at large.
Fifty per cent plus one member selected at large will be Indigenous people.
Non-voting members will include elders from the Blackfoot Confederacy and a senior administrator from the City of Lethbridge. The committee will appoint two co-chairs, one Indigenous and one non-Indigenous, who will alternate the chairing of meetings.
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