Council to acknowledge First Nations at meetings – Lethbridge Herald

by ahnationtalk on May 15, 2018230 Views

It was an acknowledgement long overdue, according to Lethbridge’s mayor.

Prior to the start of the regular meeting of city council on Monday, Mayor Chris Spearman recognized the meeting was taking place on traditional First Nations land.

“The City of Lethbridge acknowledges that we are gathered on the lands of the Blackfoot people of the Canadian plains,” Spearman said. “And pays respect to the Blackfoot people past, present and future, while recognizing and respecting their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to the land.

“The City of Lethbridge is also home to the MŽtis nation of Alberta, Region 3.”

This is the first time the acknowledgement has been formally read prior to the start of a city council meeting. Moving forward, the acknowledgement will be made prior to every council meeting.

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