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Proposed Indigenous Resource Hub could get green light from Lethbridge City Council in 2022

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – A final decision is likely to come in the new year regarding the budget and building contract for a proposed Indigenous Resource Hub in Lethbridge.

This facility would connect Indigenous peoples with culturally-relevant services. It’ll also support non-Indigenous organizations to develop and deliver them.

Funding to establish the hub is being provided through the city’s Community well-being and Safety Strategy which will be operated by the Kainai Nation in the currently vacant Bowman Arts Centre downtown.

Lethbridge’s Indigenous Relations Advisor, Perry Stein says this facility will not only respond to vital needs in the community, but further strengthen the relationship between the City and the Blood Tribe.

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“As a Council, we remain committed to continuing the positive work being done to further Reconciliation efforts within our city,” says Mayor Blaine Hyggen. “I look forward to learning more about what opportunities the Indigenous Resource Hub will provide the community and discussing further in the new year.”

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated that the Indigenous Resource Hub would cost between $5-million and $20-million as part of the 2021 City of Lethbridge CIP. Our newsroom was informed by a City official that that funding is actually for a separate Indigenous Cultural Centre project. We apologize for this mistake.

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