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University of Lethbridge helps spread “Oki” greeting

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The City of Lethbridge has teamed up with the U of L to spread the Oki greeting.

Earlier this week, City Council adopted the traditional Blackfoot word, meaning “hello” or “welcome” as the official greeting for the City of Lethbridge.

Using 3-Dimentional printers, three students in the U of L’s new media program designed small stand-up desktop Oki signs.

The University’s Agility Manager, Brandy Old says this is about connecting the student experience in the classroom and moving it to actually having an impact.

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“The students were able to bridge their technical skills to a meaningful project. This project is one example of how U of L students can apply their education to the real world. As advocates for reconciliation, these types of learning experiences connect our students to Indigenous perspectives and knowledge in a meaningful way,” says Old

The small 3D Oki signs were given dignitaries coming to the city for Reconciliation Week activities as well as mayors who recently attended Alberta’s Mid-Sized Cities Mayors meeting last week.

Old says these were three students, one from Hungary, who don’t necessarily have much connection with the Blackfoot story. “For them to understand the point of the project, what the reconciliation logo means and to walk through the federal government’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission was inspiring.”

It isn’t known if any of the mini-Oki desktop signs will be available for the general public.

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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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