The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
The National inquiry was launched in 2015 to investigate and report on "systemic causes of all forms of violence against Indigenous women and girls," including social, economic, cultural, institutional, legislative and other causes. This includes legislation and other government undertakings such as the Indian Act, the Residential School System (itself the focus of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada or TRC), the "Sixties Scoop," and other breaches of Indigenous and human rights recognized in Canadian and International law. In 2019, the National Inquiry released its final report and Calls for Justice (similar to the Calls to Action released by the TRC in 2015). After the release of the Calls for Justice, the City worked with Indigenous and non-Indigenous community partners to develop a series of recommendations and a work plan to move them forward. In January 2021, Lethbridge City Council formally approved the MMIWG recommendations and a work plan that will be implemented over the next three years by the Indigenous Relations Office in continued partnership with the Indigenous community.
The work plan includes 25 recommendations and a series of projects aimed at addressing social, economic, cultural and institutional barriers facing Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ peoples in our community.
Each year, the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee and its community partners host a week of events to promote reconciliation in Lethbridge. For more information on this year's event, click here.
Indigenous Cultural Centre Feasibility Study
Based on needs and opportunities previously identified by the City and its community partners, Lethbridge City Council approved the Indigenous Cultural Centre Feasibility Study in the 2018-2027 Capital Improvement Program. The focus of this Study is to come to shared understanding about the focus, users, governance and operations of a possible future Indigenous Cultural Centre in Lethbridge. The project is currently ongoing and is scheduled to conclude early in 2020.
For more information on the project and upcoming engagement opportunities, visit GetInvolvedLethbridge.ca
The Heart of our City and Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committees recently partnered to celebrate 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages by showcasing Blackfoot language in the Downtown and broader community. Keep your eyes open in the Downtown for our OKI greeting sign, and show your commitment to reconciliation by learning more about Blackfoot language and culture.
To learn more about the International Year of Indigenous Languages, click here.
The City of Lethbridge has also produced a resource to help you learn about reconciliation and basic Blackfoot vocabulary.