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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Métis Nation flag raised outside of Lethbridge City Hall

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – “This is really meaningful for us.” That from Dr. Adam Browning, the President of the Métis Nation of Alberta for Lethbridge and area.

A number of people were on hand Monday morning to raise the Métis Flag outside Lethbridge City Hall as part of National Indigenous Celebration Week.

Dr. Browning says this flag raising is significant.

“Our community is a large community in Lethbridge,” Browning stated. “We’re a third of the Indigenous population here. It means a lot for the City to take the step to acknowledge that. This is Blackfoot territory, but this is also the homeland of the Métis.”

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The infinity symbol on the Métis flag represents the joining of two cultures Indigenous and European, primarily French.

Pamela Beebe is the Indigenous Relations Coordinator for the City of Lethbridge. She says it’s very important Canadians recognize the country’s first peoples.

“We need these reasons to come together and share our rich history, share what we do for the city, what we are. We live here and work here and contribute immensely to this community,” says Beebee.

She says they decided to raise the Métis flag to kick off the Indigenous awareness week to acknowledge the work Métis people have done and continue to do in Lethbridge. “We are so proud we have them as a partner in the City of Lethbridge.”

In the last Canadian Census five years, 5% of the Lethbridge Indigenous population identified as being Métis. Beebee suspects that number has grown to around 10% today.

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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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