Nominate a Reconciliation champion
Is there someone in your local community who shows leadership and commitment to furthering Reconciliation? Nominate them today for the inaugural Lethbridge Reconciliation Awards.
The City of Lethbridge and the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee (RLAC) are looking for individuals and/or organizations who demonstrate outstanding dedication to building stronger relationships anchored in trust, respect, and equality.
“I’m so pleased to see the creation of these awards and for the opportunity to celebrate people who are making a difference in our community,” says Lethbridge Mayor, Blaine Hyggen. “We know there are so many amazing Reconciliation champions in our city and I look forward to celebrating them with this wonderful recognition.”
The awards will be presented to winners at during Reconciliation Week at an awards evening hosted at City Hall in September.
“We want to inspire and encourage Reconciliation action today for a better tomorrow,” says RLAC co-chair Cyndi Bester. “The Reconciliation Awards aim to celebrate Indigenous and non-Indigenous partnerships that are working towards a more equitable, inclusive society.”
There are seven award categories open for nominations;
- Youth (5 – 17) This award is to recognize youths for their leadership and taking initiative in role modelling values that support Reconciliation;
- Young Adult (18 – 25) This award is to recognize young adults for their leadership and taking initiative in role modelling values that support reconciliation.
- Community Leader - This award is to recognize an individual who shows outstanding commitment to role modeling and advancing the goal of Reconciliation here in the City of Lethbridge.
- Education (Individual or group) - This award is to recognize an individual or group who has played a fundamental role in sharing education, awareness and creating opportunities for others to participate in Reconciliation and the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action (TRC).
- Indigenous Leadership (Individual or group) - This award is to recognize a group or individual who has played a fundamental role in sharing education, awareness and creating opportunities for urban Indigenous people and families to connect with Indigenous ways of knowing an supporting connections to culture, in the City of Lethbridge.
- Corporation or Private Sector (Group) - This award is to recognize group leadership by a corporation and/or private sector organization that shows outstanding action and commitment to Reconciliation here in the City of Lethbridge.
- Not-for-Profit Organization (Group) - This award is to recognize group leadership by a not-for-profit organization that show outstanding action and commitment to Reconciliation here in the City of Lethbridge.
“Endeavouring to be a change-maker when it comes to Reconciliation might be a goal you wish to achieve in your own community, but in reality, it can be hard to achieve,” says Charlene Bruised Head Mountain Horse, Indigenous Relations Advisor. “By honouring the work being done in Sikoohkotoki by those who are Reconciliation champions, we hope to encourage more people to take up the commitment to building stronger relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents.”
As part of the awards evening, a pop-up gallery will showcase visual art with the theme of ‘Reconciliation through the Arts’. Any artists within city limits is encouraged to apply to have their work featured in the gallery and can learn more here.
For a full list of award criteria and to nominate a Reconciliation champion, click here. Applications close on Friday, September 8 at 4:30 p.m.
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