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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta me LEI no Moves to new office Piiicher Creek native centre dipels apathy By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer PINCHER CREEK The topi Friendship Centre here aas served to ease the con- science of the the executive director of the centre said Tuesday. never been a legiti- mate operation. With our office nicked away a small office on the second floor of the Co- op building on Main we've been out of out of Yet the fact that the centre exists eases the conscience of the residents of Pincher Paul Raczka said in a Herald Interview. Tuesday the centre moved Its office to a new location at 726 Main sharing a large office with a travel agency. hope the new office will be a big step towards breaking down the feeling of on the part of the townspeople. Mr. Raczka said it is very important for the centre to have good contacts with Pinch- er Creek residents through its program the centre attempts to bridge the gap be- tween whites and natives in the Pincher Creek area. don't think the town real- izes the economic benefit of the reserve Peigan Reserve at 10 miles east of First band-town meeting He estimates that native peo- spend about a nonth in the town. Last the friendship was responsible for set- ing up the first-ever joint neeting between the Pincher ieek town council and the 'eigan band eouncil. was the first time it was iver which is incredible -how can you have two com- nunities living side by side Tith no communication be- ween When Mr. Raczka was ap- winted to the position last je said the centre was an iusive social with pro- camming emphasis on recre- ition. But programming now is di- rected at and political things'' because is what the people here he said. The centre is trying tc cre- ate a better understanding of native people and culture on. the part of white residents but both Mr. Raczka and Sylvia program co-ordinator of the said they have been unable to judge the success of their programs. don't get any Miss Dodd said. problem in trying to or- ganize anything is finding out w h a t is interesting to people and then trying to determine if it is just more than an eve- ning's she said. Negative attitude seen She said the only thing the centre received feedback on was an Indian religion seminar held last winter which she said iras well received by both whites and Indians. But the centre has a big job ahead of it in trying to foster better white-native relations. town's overall attitude towards natives is not very good. There are about 30 native people constantly involved in the court system but people in Lawn base their judgments on these Mr. Raczka said. say there are just as many or in Pin- cher Creek who have drinking problems but the white people don't show up as much in the who also does court counselling in Pin- cher said. he can buy a bottle and go home and get or can get in their cars When the bars close and drive home. But Indians are more he said. Indian is noticed be- cause he's an Changing the town's racist attitudes is a slow Mr. Raczka said. of the kids hi town are in good shape I think you're talking about older peo- ple when you talk about rac- 4 natives work in town Miss Dodd comes about when attitudes change. You can have all the liberal ideas but you have to have a gut an emotional to racist ideas and actions. centre's employment re- ferral service is one area where the centre comes up against ingrained attitudes to- wards Indian people. Mr. Raczka said there are 500 people on the Peigan Re- serve but only about four na- tives have jobs in Pincher Creek. would be an extrav- agant guess and most of the natives employed are not in jobs where they come in con- tact with Miss Dodd related one story about her attempts to find na- tive people jobs with white-run business in Pincher Creek. A local bus firm contacted the employment referral num- ber asking about placement of a summer-relief driver. he suddenly realized who he was calling and said 'he'd have to handle you hummed and hawed and later found a driver from be a scene from the early west' city hall secretary Donna Lang's reaction to mural mind-expanding mural is ready but are By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer It's but is it Leth- That seemed to be the ma- jority opinion expressed Wed- nesday in an informal sur- vey on the brand new mural gracing a wall above city hall's entrance foyer. think it's but I don't think it's Lethbridge it's more said one city hall secretary. don't think Lethbridge is ready for was anoth- er's comment. like the said a third. Others didn't think the painting which depicts a man and a woman sitting on the front porch of their the man playing a and the woman nursing her was suitable for a pub- lic building like city hall. But that didn't bother one woman who works on the main floor. she said when asked if she felt it was ap- propriate. place is so drab I think it livens it Another secretary thought every city hall employee should be allowed a panel to paint on. An who hadn't seen the before Wed- looked up and re- God that's ugly. I could do a better job He felt it looked like a Tennessee Hillbilly scene. The artist Vladimir Fl- a native of Czechosla- vakia who recently complet- ed art studies at the Univer- sity of Letbbridge does not seem particularly concerned about criticism. it doesn't bother he but peo- ple are narrow minded in their then some- times it is a little hard to listen to He said some people have talked to him about the painting as he worked on it. has said they dis- like it. At least not to my The artist was fairly frank about why he wanted to do the mural. need the money and I need the experience. is very difficult to get started Mr. Fiala said the paint- ing is based on sketches of local people and a local house. think it is a fairly sim- ple he said. is of a couple sitting o n their front porch and a mother nursing her baby. I don't think people will read any more into it than He said he thought it more appropriate than painting Big Chief Mountain or similar landscapes. DIFFERENT City manager Tom Nut- who commissioned the work for agreed it was perhaps different for a public building. he a mural should be a little mind-expanding. a good representation of Mr. Nutting said he want- ed to see if murals couldn't be considered for other pub- lic buildings as well as city such as the new library and the and had asked the Allied Arts Council for their advice. They sent a long letter back suggesting how to go about but it was very in- volved and Vladimir had been very tenacious in asking us for work of this Mr. Nutting said. NUTTING CHOSE had some sketches done and selected Mr. Nutting said he felt the Allied Arts Centre should make the decision on future because they have a great deal of amateur and professional talent to draw from. Most of the people ques- tioned about the painting had a question of their own. do you think of they would ask. I rather like it. Downtown has sufficent parking There is no shortage of downtown parking spaces if shoppers are willing to walk a block or several downtown merchants have observed. Lethbridge shoppers usu- ally expect to park directly in front of the store they are planning to do business with and they get irri- tated when no such space ex- ists. At the same they would think nothing of walk- iing across a large parking lot at a shopping some merchants say. But irritated or shop- pers are not boycotting the downtown stores because of parking. Most downtown mer- chants questioned by The Herald feel the parking situa- tion is not seriously affecting their business. Mike manager of Sterling Shoes on 6th Street S.7 feels is plenty of parking in the downtown when shoppers use the four city-owned downtown parking lots at Sth Avenue and 8th Street 4th Avenue and 9th Street 5th Avenue and 7th Street S. and at 4th Avenue and 4th Street S. Mr. Snyder says about 80 per cent of shoppers prefer to park in front of the store they are planning to shop at. But those same shoppers wouldn't hesitate to leave their car in a parking lot and set out to shop on foot were they visiting a larger city. John Sandercock. assistant manager of Sandy's Jewell- ery on Sth Street says it isn't only customers who fill the parking places on this street the situation is com- pounded by business people who take up places. Manager Fred Sandercock was one of the few managers interviewed who felt the lack- of nearby was affect- ing business. Ron of the National Department feels pat- rons of the hotel bars on Sth Street S. are taking places that would otherwise be used by store customers. But the situation isn't in his opinion. statistics re- leased by the city police show the number of parking tickets issued this year not substantially changed from a year ago. To the end of July there were tickets issued in compared with a year ago at the same time. Totals for the past three years are in 731 in 1971 and in 1970. Neighbors' dispute dampened A Lethbridge woman who hosed down her neighbor was .found guilty of common as- sault in provincial court Wed- nesday and was given a six- month suspended sentence. Mrs. Florence 1217 Glacier turned her gar- den hose on her Agnes 1215 Glacier during a neighborhood dispute July 12. Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson rejected the defense lawyer's argument that the matter was too trivial to merit ths court's attention. Provincial Judge Hudson said he understood the inci- dent was the culmination of a long-term squabble neighborhood disputes can be settled in a civilized you imagine what would happen if everyone started settling their argu- ments with garden BETWEEN COUNCIL AND CHAMBER Interesting stories to tell _ Lommunication vacuum exists Mr. Raczka added that'be ob- jects to people making face value judgements. not sending drunks. We're pretty careful about who we send Some of the centre's pro- such as a Blackfoot lan- guage class they sponsored last have had at least some response from people in the district .but an upcoming pro- ject they're most optimistic about is aeries of story-telling sessions. of these old people have A lot of interesting sto- HAB fA f All Wrtf human-interest material about people In the region. In addition to relating some local history about the series would provide informa- tion about native history. so much native his- tory around here but white peo- ple don't know enough about it to respect Mr. Raczka said. The Napi staff is hoping that the history series can give res- idents of the district a better sense of their own identity while at the same time giving both whites and natives a bet- ter understanding of each oth- While city council and the Lethbridge Chamber of Com- merce have common there has been a break-down in communications between the two groups. one from the chamber has ever come to me erson- ally about concerns of the Aid. Vera Fergus- on said at a meeting of the chamber executive and Leth- bridge city council. she added that she could see no areas of con- flict between the city and the chamber of commerce. Chamber executive mem- bers expressed a hope that the city will consult with them on various city projects and expressed some resentment that the city has not renewed its chamber membership this year. Aid. Vaughn Hembroff told the chamber that it has to be treated the same as any other group in the city and that many of the things sug- gested by the organization is not of general advantage to the city. Aid. Hembroff said it would be an untenable position for the city to join the chamber as there may be conflicts of interest. Terry a member of the chamber executive said he sees the chamber as a re- source group and because both council and chamber are working common goals the relationship between them cannot be one of protagonists. Jim Dunstan. another chamber executive admitted the chamber hasn't been communicating with city council but expressed the hope that council would join the chamber. communities support the chamber as a token of he said. 11 Games sites picked in district By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Tentative selection of 11 communities outside Lethbridge to play host to spoiling events in the 1975 Canada Winter Games was announced Wednesday. The announcement came at the first public meeting of the Lethbridge Southern Alberta 1975 Canada Winter Games Society board of direct- ors and was made by facilities committee chair- man Bob whose committee evaluated sports facilities in the area this month and last month. Another Games grant Communities selected in- chide Fort Ma- Pic- ture Milk Ray- Bow Island and the 'Pass. Mr. Bartlett said the list of facilities must still get the approval of the society's sports and services commit- must be reviewed and sanctioned by the national bodies of the various sports and agreements must be reached with the communi- ties and school boards in- volved. There could well be chang- he but added that the selection made it clear the games society by spreading the events around indicated it was serious about the regional concept of the games. Each sport and facility chosen for it is as Coaldale and Fort Macleod with the finals in with the finals at the University of Lethbridge. The Kamal at Taber and the Sportsplex in Lethbridge. U of L. Boxing. Claresholm and the Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion. Synchronized swimming. The new be built this win- North Lethbridge pool. Cardston with the finals in the Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion. Picture with the finals at Winston Churchill school in Lethbridge. Badminton. Milk River and Raymond with finals at the U of L. Figure Table tennis. Bow finals at Winston Churchill school. Weight Yates Me- morial Centre in Lethbridge. the 'Pass. Wilson Junior High and Winston Churchill Senior High in finals at the U of L. U of Cards- the Raymond Church fa- Lethbridge Collegiate finals at the Sports- plex. Westcaetle had already been chosen for while speedskating is destined for the new oval to be built nsar the Sportsplex. Mr. Bartlett said not all communities got the sports they because the decisions were based mostly on although the popularity of a sport in a given area was taken into account. A very few smaller com- munities were he because it was felt they were just not up to holding Canada Winter Games events. Mr. Bartlett said he doesn't think Southern Alberta rea- lizes the importance of the Games or of the games so- ciety at this point. were all taken aback at the magnitude of the event we're going yo be in. after at- tending the summer games in New he said. The federal government Is prepared to contribute an- other to the 1975 Can- ada Winter Games if the province matches the _ the Lethbridge Southern Al- berta Games society was told Wednesday. Ian Howard of Sports Can- said the on top of the already pledged by the federal was an adequate amount to build the speedskating oval to acceptable standards for the 1975 games. The Winter Games Society had asked for to build an oval of international standards at an estimated but the feeling of the federal government is that i t will be 1977 before Leth- bridge would be considered for a world meet and further improvements to bring the oval up to standard could be made then. The federal government commitment on capital proj- ects for the games will total S493.5CO with the speedskat- ing oval and includes for the sportsplex and for area upgrading. The city has committed to the building of the sportsplex. The province has committed no money to the winter games effort to and the games society will it to match the fed- eral grant in a brief to oe presented to the cabinet when it is here in September. In other business Wednes- day during its first public the society board directors adopted a 1975 win- ter games flag and symbol which incorporates the target blue Alberta's sunny south and the snow- flake maple leaf. Motor home factory okayed A motor home factory got Municipal Planning Commis- sion approval Wednesday but applications for a 27-suite apartment and a north side day-care centre were tabled. The motor home factory to be built by Ritt Metals Ltd. at 3302 Sth Ave. N. The application by Galko Development Ltd. to build 27-suite apartment on an empty lot at 413 12th St. S. was tabled for a week for revision of plans. Mrs. Jean Staudinger'o re- quest to establish a day-care centre at 2007 llth Ave. N. was also tabled for a week when she did not appear to submit plans to the commis- sion. Man remanded A Calgary man who plead- ed guilty to three charges of uttering forged documents and one charge of possession of a stolen auto in provincial court Wednesday was re- manded to Aug. 29 for sent- encing. Rollyn who ob- tained about in the Leth- bridge aiea through the use of forged was ar- rested by city police Aug. 15. Crash kills man near 'Hat MEDICINE HAT A man was killed early this morning in a single-car accident three miles east of the Leth- bridge detachment RCMP has reported. Idsntification of the deceas- ed driver and only is being withheld until of kin can be notified. 12.40 police said. The a three-quarter ton was eastbound on the Trans-Canada Highway when it entered the south ditch and overturned. Medicine Hat coroner Dr. E F. Skinnsr has made no de- cision concerning an inquest. Medicine Hat RCMP are in- ;