Town council is working with Ponoka’s neighbours by sponsoring the Samson Cree Nation powwow set for Aug. 12 to 14 by providing both funding and town branded merchandise.
Council approved $250 in town merchandise and $250 in sponsorship funds Tuesday, June 14 during the regular meeting in an effort of collaboration with the nation.
Before the decision, Coun. Tim Falkiner suggested that since the Samson Cree Nation is requesting financial support, that is what should be considered. “We talk about being more involved with our neighbours.”
“If we’re going to be building bridges with the four bands…I think we need to look at that letter,” he added.
Coun. Marc Yaworski said that the town cannot even afford to provide money to local groups who need support and providing cash would be difficult.
However, there is a promotional line allowed for in the economic development officer’s budget. Stephen Novak, economic development officer for the Town of Ponoka would be able to provide the funds and merchandise for the event.
Coun. Sandra Lyon wondered why council had to make a decision on this, suggesting that this should be a decision from administration. CAO Albert Flootman felt it was prudent to have council decide suggesting it is a nation to nation request.
Mayor Rick Bonnett offered that if any councillors had not been able to attend the powwow, they consider making a trip this summer.
Councillors Carla Prediger and Teri Underhill voted against the request.