Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week plans set

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Melissa Vil­leneuve mvil­leneuve@leth­bridge­ Fol­low @Melis­saVHer­ald on Twit­ter

The first Leth­bridge Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week will be­gin Mon­day and run through next Satur­day.

The week-long event is or­ga­nized by Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Leth­bridge, which is com­prised of the Leth­bridge In­dige­nous Shar­ing Net­work and the City of Leth­bridge. The pur­pose is to fos­ter ed­u­ca­tion, aware­ness, and re­la­tion­ship-build­ing with the fo­cus on rec­on­cil­i­a­tion.

An of­fi­cial launch and flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony will take place on Tues­day at city hall. It will kick off with a pipe of­fer­ing at 8:30 a.m., fol­lowed by wel­com­ing re­marks from dig­ni­taries at 9:30 a.m., a Heal­ing Dance and Hon­our Song, and the flag-rais­ing cer­e­mony.

A Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Walk will fol­low at 10:45 a.m. from city hall to the Galt Mu­seum, where the pre­sen­ta­tion “What is Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion” will take place with Bev­er­ley Ja­cobs, for­mer president of the Na­tive Women's As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada.

In ad­di­tion, city hall will be lit up in sup­port of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Week in yel­low, red and blue from Mon­day to Thurs­day.

From Mon­day through Fri­day, the In­ter­faith Chi­nook Coun­try Kitchen is hold­ing “Cook­ing for Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion” with morn­ing and af­ter­noon ses­sions. To reg­is­ter, call 403-320-8138.

On Tues­day evening, a show­ing of the lo­cally-pro­duced doc­u­men­tary “Where Is Home?” will be held at the Leth­bridge Pub­lic Li­brary The­atre at 7 p.m.

On Wed­nes­day is the Métis Lo­cal open house (909 3 Ave. N.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Res­i­dents are in­vited to come and learn about Métis cul­ture, in­clud­ing the Michif lan­guage.

On Fri­day, Sept. 22, “Com­ing To­gether” is a full-day event open to all in the Civic field (be­hind the YMCA). It will fea­ture teepee learn­ing ses­sions, a com­mu­nity feast and a friend­ship dance from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The the­atre pro­duc­tion “New Blood,” fea­tur­ing tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary poetry, song and dance, is sched­uled for Satur­day, Sept. 23, at Casa at 7 p.m. Tick­ets are $12 and avail­able on Eventbrite.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit “Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Leth­bridge” on Face­book.

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