City to discuss native friendship centre

City administration will present the initial steps in its plan to assist the Red Deer Native Friendship Centre Society in finding a location for its affordable housing and cultural centre at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

City administration will present the initial steps in its plan to assist the Red Deer Native Friendship Centre Society in finding a location for its affordable housing and cultural centre at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Mayor Morris Flewwelling and city manager Craig Curtis will work towards building “the appropriate governance relationships” with Red Deer’s aboriginal community.

A task force, made up of the city manager, the director of corporate transformation and two city councillors will be created to help the centre find alternative solutions.

On Oct. 15, council directed administration to develop a plan and come back in four weeks with a progress report.

The decision came after city council voted 7-1 against amending the Neighbourhood Area Structure Plan that would have allowed the society to build on a site in Clearview Ridge. Coun. Buck Buchanon voted in support of changing the bylaw. Coun. Cindy Jefferies was absent.

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