Coalition of Indigenous Voices:
As an elected official, what steps will you take to build in processes of decolonization, indigenization, and reconciliation into the City of Lethbridge?

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Burke

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I believe that the first steps to be taken to build in processes of decolonization, indigenization, and reconciliation are reflected in the Reconciliation Implementation Plan that was developed jointly with the City of Lethbridge and the Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network. Given that this plan has been developed with the advice of our local elders and indigenous leaders, I believe that we would be most successful in these endeavors by following through on what those who have lived experience have to say about their own reality. We also need to continue relationships with our neighbouring indigenous nations, and make sure their voice is heard and informs our relationship between us all.

C

 

Burrows-Johnson

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I believe it is essential that we understand the truth of our collective histories and fight against racism and discrimination.

M

 

Campbell

Answer

Again, it's all about reaching out and understanding. Partnership is the new leadership.

J

 

Carlson

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Our commitment to Lethbridge's Reconciliation Plan is firm, and I am proud of the work done by our community to create such a thoughtful response to the TRC. We need to ensure that we implement the plan (The calls to action and the direct municipal responses), and not let forward momentum fade. There is not enough space to list everything here, but I recommend everyone read the full plan here: http://www.lethbridge.ca/City-Government/Documents/Reconciliation%20Lethbridge%20-%20Implementation%20Plan%20(FINAL).pdf

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Coffman

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For Council to build in processes addressing these issues, each Member must understand and acknowledge their personal role in colonization. As a Councillor, I would build-in mandatory, on-going Indigenous awareness training for Council and the Organization. As mentioned above (Q#31), I would request an examination of City systems, structures, policies and practices through lenses of race, gender, equity and inclusion. I would support implementing the findings from that examination, to eliminate barriers for Indigenous inclusion at City Hall and in our community. I would also support “action” beyond the City’s Reconciliation Plan; dialogue is good, but "action" is essential for justice.

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Crowson

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I will continue what I have done for years. The process begins individually, critically and consciously assessing my own thoughts and actions. I work everyday to be part of the solution and not support stereotypes and negative actions. I will act as a role model and continue to build personal and professional relationships that will encourage conversations and action. I will encourage the City of Lethbridge to expand the professional development opportunities and expectations for staff and encourage a review of our internal processes and practices. I will argue for the end of practices such as carding. Through it all, I will be guided by Indigenous members of our community.

C

 

Germshied

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I welcome our indigenous brothers into this family of Lethbridge. I acknowledge that this is historical black foot land and am honored to be a part of it now that we may grow and develope a city culture all people can be proud of.

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Gibb

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The new CIP calls for a study of the feasibility and location of an Indigenous Cultural Centre in Lethbridge, which I want to see completed. I am also in support of erecting a memorial to children lost or displaced by residential schools. However, reconciliation is about more than buildings. We also need to improve representation of indigenous people within our city workforce at all levels, and provide cultural sensitivity training for our police and emergency responders to reduce instances of carding.

B

 

Ginther

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I think the City is in a great position to engage in conversations that involve all groups and that we should agree to work together to eliminate the very processes being referred to. But, it takes all sides being at the table to accomplish this...

M

 

Heavy Head

Answer

By building a strong and enduring relationship with all the Tribes who signed Treaty 7, and the city as an entity.

R

 

Hoffarth

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Reconciliation is a process not a destination. Building monuments to victims does little to address issues and can lead people to believe that the process is proceeding and that the issues have been addressed. Our identity and image our ourselves as citizens of this country is complex and it includes actions and behaviours that we would not find tolerable today. The path that has brought us to present place is not one that can be traversed again but we should be able to review our journey so that we can plan a path for the future.

B

 

Hyggen

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By resolution, Council recently set up a Reconciliation Committee. This committee of Lethbridge is comprised of the Lethbridge Indigenous Sharing Network and the City of Lethbridge.​This coalition is a local response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) Calls to Action, leading the way in engaging all people of Lethbridge in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous peoples. The City of Lethbridge was one of the first cities in Canada to answer the TRC call to action and I will continue to support this committee and resolution of Council. ​

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Iwaskiw

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This council recently adopted a Reconciliation Plan created by the people who know what needs to be done. I will follow their lead, not blindly or without question, but with a view to real change.

R

 

Janzen

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

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Layton

Answer

Candidate declined to answer the question.

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MacLeod

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I am not sure that we can ever decolonize anyone, as it is a personal journey. We need to accept how the person feels and work with them on reconciliation. We need more housing and ongoing mental wellness supports for people who feel excluded. We need ongoing collaboration and conversations on where people will live and work to feel accepted and better about themselves.

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Mauro

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I don't know of what steps I could take but I would be very open to having a thorough and thoughtful discussion.

D

 

Mikuliak

Answer

I would embrace any process that brings about greater awareness for all citizens regarding these issues. It is my view that they are extremely important to our society, in general, as we move forward.

R

 

Miyashiro

Answer

I would engage in the processes discussed earlier. Please read my bio...my whole career has been about trying to help all people have better lives.

R

 

Morrell

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I think Justice Murray Sinclair said it best.  "Reconciliation is about forging and maintaining respectful relationships. There are no shortcuts."

N

 

Paladino

Answer

Another tough question! Another mandate for the committee mentioned in question 40.

R

 

Parker

Answer

We are currently doing so through the reconciliation week at City Hall. This is just the first step in building bridges.

H

 

PEREVERSEFF

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I would work as a team member along with the members of City Council and our community in this regard. The issue is greater than just our local community. Positive measures being taken in regards to some of these issues by federal and provincial government must work in concert with our municipal efforts in order to be in step to result in success. Personally, I have worked and volunteered in international and local relations for several decades. I recognize and appreciate different cultures, traditions and religious beliefs. I believe I have skills and knowledge to work towards achieving success in these efforts.

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Pogorzelski

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The reconciliation plan we have developed is wonderful and it's a great start to creating better relationships between our communities. In my opinion adults who hold hate in the heart towards a group of people are hard to change. Attacking someones core values (no matter how wrong they may seem to you) will never create a change of opinion. What we need to do is focus on our youth so that these values of hatred and racism are not instilled, by teaching them the history that Canada hides from and have them understand that at the end of the day, we are all people who deserve basic human rights and the ability to just be who they are.

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Saloff

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I am on the Reconcilation subcommittee and will take steps to build a better Lethbridge in its process of decolonization, indigenization, and reconciliation into the City of Lethbridge.

J

 

Shackleford

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I hope the City of Lethbridge hires indigenous people looking for jobs, not because it looks good on paper but because they are good qualified people. Encourage other businesses to do the same because they are qualified and work hard. City Council has apologized for past indignities forced on native people and now the healing process must begin. Lets be honest, I know there are citizens here in Lethbridge who see the "usual suspects" downtown causing problems. That is a fact!! But as someone who volunteers at the Soup Kitchen and Food Bank this is not limited to native people only. Affordable housing, jobs and a feeling of self worth will go a long way in reconciliation in our city.

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Spearman

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I will continue to build positive relations based on mutual respect. I am committed to including our city's response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in our revised Strategic Plan following the election of the new council. Our response was developed by representatives from our urban indigenous population. That consultation will continue. This council was the first to meet with the Kainai Chief and Council. Those meetings will continue.

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Takahashi

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The TRC made 99 recommendations. I know it is a long. uphill battle. And the only way we can achieve these goals is to work closely with the FNMI community. Follow their recommendations, take action on their suggestions and ideas, to promote and conduct ourselves as leaders in this. Decolonization extends past the FNMI community. We also need to seek out the voices and recommendations of immigrants, Muslims, POC, women, LGBTQ+, and all other groups that struggle daily under colonization in all of it's forms.

B

 

Thurber

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I would use the response to the truth and reconciliation commission as a road map and seek understanding and guidance from our indigenous people in the community. I have a lot to learn, but if I am elected I will engage in conversation to better educate myself understand and move towards healing.

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Watson

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I believe we have already started building some of these processes with Reconciliation Lethbridge. We still have a long road ahead of us and lots of work to do as a community. I would continue to follow the national Truth and Reconciliation commission recommendations and Reconciliation Lethbridge's recommendations to ensure these processes are proceeding quickly, efficiently and correctly.

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Wiggers

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The first step is to step up! Become more involved in the programs available in the city that address the issues facing our fellow citizens. Learn to understand the on a personal level the issues they face and offer my conciliation.

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Woss

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I believe talks are already underway which I fully support. We need to hear more from the aboriginal community to hear their views and work towards solutions that are real, practical, do-able and measurable. I want us to work more effectively together so we may come together; live in harmony and with respect for one another.