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Oki: Land acknowledgement video launched by City of Lethbridge

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, the City of Lethbridge has launched a land acknowledgement video.

It’s called “Oki and Welcome to the Lands of the Blackfoot People”

You can watch the video on the city’s YouTube channel through the link at the bottom of this story.

Officials with the city say the goal of this video is to increase awareness, education, and conversation in the spirit of truth and reconciliation.

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“Many non-Indigenous organizations have implemented territorial or land acknowledgements; their purpose is re-teaching the colonial claim to land, but these statements cannot be the endpoint,” says Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee member, Marcia Black Water.

She says the demographics and realities of Indigenous peoples in the City of Lethbridge are diverse. “For local Blackfoot communities, especially Kainai and Piikani Nations, there is high frequency to commute to Lethbridge – to live, to work, for choice education, to visit family, to access shopping and services,” says Black Water.

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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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