Reconciliation Week is celebrated in Lethbridge during the week of September 22nd which is the anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7 in 1877. Treaty 7 is an agreement between Canadian Crown and First Nations in Southern Alberta. Reconciliation is about creating shared understanding and building strong-relationships and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Reconciliation Week 2020 will begin on Monday, September 21 at 10 a.m. with a flag raising ceremony on the steps of City Hall. Residents will also see City Hall glowing in red, yellow, white and blue throughout the week to draw awareness to the importance of Reconciliation in our community.
On Tuesday, September 22, in partnership with SAGE Clan, there will be a teepee transfer ceremony taking place in Galt Gardens. The teepee will remain in Galt Gardens until September 25 and will be used for cultural connection with the Indigenous community during the week.
Despite COVID-19 restrictions, there will still be many exciting events celebrating Reconciliation Week happening in Lethbridge. These events will be taking place online and more information can be found on the Reconciliation Lethbridge Facebook page, or by visiting www.lethbridge.ca/reconciliation.
About the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee (RLAC)
The 15-member advisory committee was established by City Council in 2018 and includes representation from the Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network (LISN), City Council, the business sector, the education sector and community members at-large. The majority of members on RLAC identify as Indigenous.
For Public Inquiries:
Call 311 | Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pamela Beebe, Indigenous Relations Coordinator
City of Lethbridge