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YK council rejects plan to save Indigenous relations position – Cabin Radio

by ahnationtalk on December 4, 201984 Views

A request to make the role of Indigenous relations advisor a permanent position at Yellowknife’s City Hall was rejected on Tuesday, leaving the councillor who proposed the idea “really shocked.”

As first reported by Cabin Radio in November, the post of Indigenous relations advisor is set to be phased out in February as 18 months of federal funding runs out. The current – and only – person to hold the role is Maggie Mercredi.

In the City’s words, the advisor’s job is to “provide guidance on how the City can enhance relationships with Indigenous peoples and governments and embed reconciliation into our core practices and decision-making.”

The Yellowknives Dene First Nation and a range of Yellowknife residents have been deeply critical of the decision not to renew the position.

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