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National Indigenous Cultural Expo asks city for $200K sponsorship – Country 105

by ahnationtalk on June 4, 2018290 Views

June 4, 2018

The Edmonton Expo Centre will host the National Indigenous Cultural Expo at the end of September, however, the event being awarded to the city of Edmonton is both good and bad news, according to a city councillor.

Scott McKeen says the expo is another sign of Edmonton’s growing reputation as a place to host gatherings and events, but the event also comes with an unexpected $200,000 funding request.

“It feels out of the blue,” McKeen said of the $200,000 request. “We have to weigh that against other priorities.”

“As work continues to develop improved relationships with Indigenous peoples, administration has heard from many Indigenous event organizers that Edmonton is being viewed positively as not only a key services hub, but also a centralized location for hosting Indigenous events in the province and Western Canada,” reads a report headed to next week’s community services committee meeting.

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