City Council has taken another step to strengthen the bond between the City and Indigenous peoples.

At the January 8th meeting, City Council passed the Suta Kachicha bylaw, which will see the Portage Urban Indigenous Peoples' Coalition be renamed to the Suta Kachicha Indigenous Coalition of the City of Portage la Prairie. Councillor Ryan Espey says the name change highlights the Coalition’s dedication to promoting Indigenous languages, as Suta Kachicha means "Stronger Together".

"The initiative was part of a broader commitment to foster cultural inclusivity and awareness," notes Espey. 

He adds they will also be finding ways to implement the Indigenous Medicine Wheel as well as the Seven Sacred Teachings: respect, love, courage, honesty, wisdom, 
humility and truth. City Council will be allowed to reach out to the Suta Kachicha Indigenous Coalition for advice, while the Coalition can seek out Council about any concerns.

The Suta Kachicha will meet at least once a month, with the exception of July and August. Members of the Coalition will be decided by the Elders and Knowledge Keepers of the group. They'll use the aforementioned Medicine Wheel and Seven Sacred Teachings to help guide their decisions on membership.

The bylaw now needs to be approved by the Coalition to come into effect.