Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Lethbridge College students tasked with designing new flag pole structure for City Hall

Lethbridge College students are getting the chance to design a new flag pole structure for City Hall.

As part of its commitment to reconciliation, the City plans to permanently fly the Blackfoot Confederacy flag as well as the Reconciliation Lethbridge flag.

Indigenous Relations Advisor, Perry Stein, says in order to accommodate that, three or four more flag poles need to be added in front of the building.

Currently, when a community organization wants to fly its flag, the City of Lethbridge flag must first be lowered.

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Students in the college’s Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program will be taking on the challenge of designing a structure to house the new flag poles.

Stein says it’ll be a great way for students to engage with and learn about Blackfoot culture and reconciliation.

Chair of the college’s School of Engineering Technologies, Bill Smienk, says this is the exact type of project these students will be working on in their careers so it’s a wonderful opportunity for them to be able to put a project of this magnitude on their resumes before they graduate.

Participating students will be presenting their designs to the City’s Reconciliation Lethbridge Advisory Committee in February.

The official design will be unveiled this spring with construction expected to wrap up ahead of Reconciliation Week next September.

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