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Reconciliation: Blackfoot Confederacy flag now permanent outside Lethbridge City Hall

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – If you drive past Lethbridge City Hall, you’ll likely notice a new flag now permanently on display.

A special flag raising ceremony was held Monday morning as part of the City’s commitment to Truth and Reconciliation.

Treena Tallow is the co-chair of the Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee. She says having the Blackfoot flag now permanently flying outside of City Hall, is a big deal.

“The permanence of having Indigenous representation where the decision makesr in our community hold office, shows the commitment to reconciliation by the City of Lethbridge and welcomes conversation by the community,” says Tallow.

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The flag is flying on a new set of flagpoles recently installed outside of City Hall and was raised to mark the official kick off to Reconciliation Week in Lethbridge.

Outgoing Mayor Chris Spearman feels reconciliation is now more important than ever. He hopes having this flag flying every day outside of City Hall will get people talking and engaging in meaningful opportunities to learn more about Indigenous culture.

National Truth and Reconciliation Day in 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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