Lethbridge City Council today established the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee, providing structure and duties to the group that will champion 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 while also promoting mutual understanding and support of urban Indigenous populations and our municipality'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," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "It is our responsibility to build a community that is welcoming and inclusive to all citizens."
This 17-member committee will be composed of representation from City Council, the Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network (LISN), neighbouring First Nations, the business sector, the education sector and community members at large. Fifty percent 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.
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Consultant
City of Lethbridge