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New local Truth & Reconciliation t-shirt designed by Blackfoot artist

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A local Blackfoot artist has designed a special t-shirt to commemorate National Truth and Reconciliation Day.

Chataya Holy Singer focused on putting together First Nation, Metis, and Inuit symbolism as part of this t-shirt design. She says the overall significance weaves the educational journey for Blackfoot students and resiliency through the past, present, and future.

The Truth and Reconciliation t-shirt design was a joint venture between the City of Lethbridge and the U of L.

Holy Singer is also a Bachelor of Fine Arts student at the university. “I knew I was going to come up with a design that contributes to the perspective of what it means to be an Indigenous student in post-secondary. I personally know the impacts that residential schools have within my own family,” she says.

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These new t-shirts are available for purchase through the U of L bookstore for $15.99 with a portion of the proceeds dedicated to Indigenous student initiatives at the university.

The National Day of Truth and Reconciliation is on September 30th.

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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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