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Indigenous well-being at centre of newly proposed facility

City Council continues to support meaningful Reconciliation efforts as they heard presentations from Administration on a centralized resource facility focused on Indigenous well-being.

The proposed downtown facility would be dedicated to connecting Indigenous people with services in a way that is culturally relevant and uses traditional knowledge to support community well-being. The hub would also aim to support non-Indigenous organizations to design, develop and deliver social programs and services, including housing, through an Indigenous lens.

"As a Council, we remain committed to continuing the positive work being done to further Reconciliation efforts within our city," says Mayor Blaine Hyggen. "I look forward to learning more about what opportunities the Indigenous Resource Hub will provide the community and discussing further in the new year."

The proposed hub would be housed in the currently-vacant Bowman Arts Centre, which is centrally located and would be home to a variety of service providers.

Establishing the initiative would be funded through previously approved funds from the Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy and operated by the Blood Tribe/Kainai Nation.

The Indigenous Resource Hub partnership further demonstrates the commitment to the recently signed Memoranda of Respect and Understanding between the City and the Blood Tribe/Kainai Nation.

"Indigenous peoples have always spoken about the power of culture as a pathway to healing and wellness," says City of Lethbridge Indigenous Relations Advisor, Perry Stein. "The Indigenous Resource Hub partnership not only responds to this vital community need, but does so in a way that continues to strengthen the relationship between the City and Kainai Nation."

Community input and engagement on the hub was completed throughout various processes including the Community Wellbeing and Safety Strategy Needs Assessment and the Lethbridge Indigenous Cultural Centre Feasibility Study.

Supportive of the presentation and information received, City Council will give final discussion on the proposed facility's operating budget and contract in the new year.

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