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Reconciliation Week underway in Lethbridge; several events planned

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Reconciliation Week is underway here in Lethbridge.

The event kicked off Monday morning (Sept. 21) with a flag raising outside of City Hall.

It’s celebrated each year during the week of September 22nd which happens to be the anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7 back in 1877.

The City’s Indigenous Relations Coordinator, Pamela Beebe says Reconciliation Week is very important and encourages everyone to come out over the next few days to take part in some way.

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“I know there are a lot of problems,” says Beebe. “We can’t ignore that problems exist. The good thing is it’s days like today and all the events this week that we’re saying we support you and we encourage you and we want to help.”

Reconciliation is about creating shared understanding and building strong relationships and respect between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

More information can be found here: Reconciliation Week Lethbridge

Beebe is hopeful Reconciliation Week will help bridge that gap.

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“Please come out, please come support the Indigenous community. Come support our events and find out more about us and build relationships and start getting friends who are from the Blood Tribe, from Piikani, from Siksiksa. They’re so close by,” stated Beebe.

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 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.

(With files from the City of Lethbridge)

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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 New 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.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

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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