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City exploring new name for Indian Battle Park

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Discussion has been taking place behind closed doors for a while now about the name of a well-known Lethbridge park.

About 18 months ago, the City’s Reconciliation Advisory Committee received a couple of requests to consider changing the name of Indian Battle Park. The current name makes reference to the Battle of the Belly River fought in the fall of 1870, between the Blackfoot and the Cree.

Trina Tallow, Committee Co-Chair, says Indian Battle Park and even Fort Whoop-Up are based on colonial narratives, noting that those names don’t really represent what the area means and signifies to the Blackfoot people.

Another Committee Co-Chair, U of L Professor Patrick Wilson, points out that plenty of consultation would still have to take place with Blackfoot elders and others if a new name were to be chosen and presented to City Council.

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Mayor Chris Spearman agrees with that sentiment, telling our radio station, “We would want them to tell us what would be respectful and what would be appropriate, in terms of Indigenous culture, that Lethbridge City Council could consider.”

The issue of using Indigenous nicknames has been in the forefront as of late, especially for some sports teams, because of their racial connotations.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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