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Blackfoot Confederacy & province sign renewed relationship deal

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Alberta’s UCP government has signed a renewed relationship agreement with the Blackfoot Confederacy.

Premier Jason Kenney and Indigenous Relations Minister Rick Wilson were joined by the Chiefs of the Blood Tribe, Piikani, Siksika First Nations Monday (Sept. 23) to ink the Alberta-Blackfoot Confederacy Protocol Agreement.

The signing southeast of Gleichen, on the same spot where Treaty 7 was signed back in 1877.

This deal sets out a formal process for ministers, chiefs and councils to meet regularly to discuss a number of pre-arranged topics including education, environment and lands, health, economic development and employment and political and legal issues.

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Premier Kenney says his government is focused on building a true partnership with Indigenous Peoples through shared prosperity. “This agreement will formalize how we build success together. I look forward to meeting with the chiefs each year to discuss our progress.”

Alberta is also providing the Blackfoot Confederacy with a $200,000 grant to support the agreement’s implementation.

The province notes the agreement will remain in place for as long as both parties wish to keep it active.

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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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