Indigenous Cultural Centre Feasibility Study

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Through previous work carried on by organizations serving the urban Indigenous community, the desire for an Indigenous Cultural Centre has been identified. In the 2018 - 2027 Capital Improvement Program Lethbridge City Council approved resources to complete a Feasibility Study to better understand the needs, opportunities, and business case for an Indigenous Cultural Centre in the city.

The purpose of this Feasibility Study project was to answer a series of questions to better understand what role and impact an Indigenous Cultural Centre may play in our City's future. The core questions guiding this project include:

  1. What are the opportunities and constraints faced by an Indigenous Cultural Centre in Lethbridge?
  2. What is an Indigenous Cultural Centre, including its possible mission, vision and programming requirements?
  3. Who are the users of an Indigenous Cultural Centre?
  4. What are the potential benefits and costs of an Indigenous Cultural Centre?
  5. How would an Indigenous Cultural Centre be run?
  6. What are the key considerations for the location and design of an Indigenous Cultural Centre, and how much would it cost to build?
  7. Who are the possible partners for an Indigenous Cultural Centre?
  8. What are the recommended next steps for an Indigenous Cultural Centre?

To answer these questions, the City of Lethbridge hired a consulting firm to assist in the planning and delivery of significant engagement with the urban Indigenous community, Indigenous Communities in the region (Kainai, Piikani and Siksika First Nations, and the Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3) and the public.

Summaries of engagement with community partners and stakeholders on the Feasibility Study and a copy of the Final Report is available in the Document Library.

Following the completion of the Feasibility Study, the City continued work with our community partners to describe in greater detail aspects of the ideal governance structure.

The ICC Governance Guide document is available in the Document Library.


Next steps on the ICC project will be presented to City Council for consideration in the next Capital Budget (deliberations to take place in 2021).

Through previous work carried on by organizations serving the urban Indigenous community, the desire for an Indigenous Cultural Centre has been identified. In the 2018 - 2027 Capital Improvement Program Lethbridge City Council approved resources to complete a Feasibility Study to better understand the needs, opportunities, and business case for an Indigenous Cultural Centre in the city.

The purpose of this Feasibility Study project was to answer a series of questions to better understand what role and impact an Indigenous Cultural Centre may play in our City's future. The core questions guiding this project include:

  1. What are the opportunities and constraints faced by an Indigenous Cultural Centre in Lethbridge?
  2. What is an Indigenous Cultural Centre, including its possible mission, vision and programming requirements?
  3. Who are the users of an Indigenous Cultural Centre?
  4. What are the potential benefits and costs of an Indigenous Cultural Centre?
  5. How would an Indigenous Cultural Centre be run?
  6. What are the key considerations for the location and design of an Indigenous Cultural Centre, and how much would it cost to build?
  7. Who are the possible partners for an Indigenous Cultural Centre?
  8. What are the recommended next steps for an Indigenous Cultural Centre?

To answer these questions, the City of Lethbridge hired a consulting firm to assist in the planning and delivery of significant engagement with the urban Indigenous community, Indigenous Communities in the region (Kainai, Piikani and Siksika First Nations, and the Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3) and the public.

Summaries of engagement with community partners and stakeholders on the Feasibility Study and a copy of the Final Report is available in the Document Library.

Following the completion of the Feasibility Study, the City continued work with our community partners to describe in greater detail aspects of the ideal governance structure.

The ICC Governance Guide document is available in the Document Library.


Next steps on the ICC project will be presented to City Council for consideration in the next Capital Budget (deliberations to take place in 2021).