Bylaw amendment to allow for Indigenous ceremonial practices approved by Cold Lake council

By Chantel Downes  Local Journalism Initiative  Reporter This amendment, identified as Bylaw No. 835-PL-24, came after requests from Indigenous groups to allow ceremonial practices that involve smoke in public facilities, which were previously prohibited under the existing Smoking Bylaw. During the April 23 regular council meeting, Kristi Isert, General Manager of Corporate Services for the City of Cold Lake, explained the journey of this amendment from its inception to final approval. “The amendment to the Smoking Bylaw was previously discussed at length at the Corporate Priorities Committee meeting on March 19, as well as the regular council meeting on April 9. The proposed amendment would create an exception under the bylaw which would permit smoking for Indigenous cultural practices including smudging and pipe ceremonies,” said Isert. The bylaw initially aimed to…

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