Blanket exercise proposed for HP council

Chris Clegg
South Peace News

First a smudging ceremony, now a blanket exercise is being scheduled for High Prairie town council.
Council agreed at its Dec. 14 meeting to set up the blanket exercise, as part of its efforts to adhere to the Truth and Reconciliation’s “call to action” in 2015.
Recommendation 57 states the following: “We call upon federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights and anti-racism.”
Mayor Brian Panasiuk originated the idea, adding perhaps managers of Town departments also participate.
High Prairie School Division has offered to conduct the exercise for free

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2 thoughts on “Blanket exercise proposed for HP council

  1. How about a show of pride in our nation and our history. Like singing O Canada and reading the Lord’s Prayer perhaps at beginning and end of council meetings? I personally am proud of Canada.

    If our governments and agencies are going to read homages and recognitions and some even perform religious services like smudgings, why do some get to be used, and others are not even considered? Maybe local priests and pastors can all take turns blessing the proceedings each meeting too. Or is council trying to be a little bit pregnant?

    I think we need a few more flags up in council chambers too. Perhaps some of our Indian bands and even a rainbow flag. Why be in for a penny when we can signal to the whole world we are in for the whole bucket of gold? Why the picking and choosing because it is the flavour of the day? Let’s go all the way!

  2. Blatant virtue signalling! What are First Nations doing about intercultural competency,conflict resolution, human rights and anti-racism? It’s a two way street.


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