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“It’s very disappointing to hear comments that perhaps are uneducated in the full history of Indigenous people in the community,” Engdahl said. “And I know it might be hard for Indigenous people to hear those comments.”
The decision by Cochrane town council to table the discussion regarding the Indigenous Placemaking Initiative at their Oct. 24 regular council meeting has sparked backlash in the community.
Last month, the Rotary Club of Cochrane requested funding support from the town for its Indigenous Placemaking initiative. They asked for the subsidized provision of space via a phased approach, wherein the town would contribute funds from 2023 to 2025. The Rotary Club would then assume full lease responsibility from 2026 onward.
After a lengthy discussion by council last week, they moved to direct administration on a business case for financial, day-to-day programming, and involvement of Indigenous community members. The motion was carried 4-2 by Couns. Alex Reed, Patrick Wilson, Morgan Nagel and Mayor Jeff Genung. Couns. Marni Fedeyko and Susan Flowers voted against the motion.
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