LETHBRIDGE-Lethbridge Firefighters learned about Blackfoot customs on Wednesday
during a sensitvity workshop. Since Lethbridge is close to the Blood Reserve,
Canada's largest native reserve, the fire department feels its important to
educate their employees about the do's and don'ts with the Blackfoot.
"We wanted to bridge a gap," says E-M-S Resource Officer Ward Eggil, "with
some cultural barriers that were not aware of."
Blackfoot Elder Francis First Charger spoke to workers about the history of
the Blackfoot and also gave them some tips on what to when they work with them.
'One thing that I told them is to not point with their finger," says First
Charger, "but to use the thumb."
Also another hint First Charger gave to Fire and EMS was to be respectful of
Eggil says they hope to have more events like this to further educate their
staff about different ethnic groups in the city.
'We have a number of cultural sensitivities here in Lethbridge, so we hope to
meet with the different cultures in our community and hope we can bridge the gap
Photo by Ted Andrew-Country 95 News
Blackfoot Elder Francis First Charger talks about different customs and traditions at a firefighter and EMS sensitvity workshop.