At the March 8, 2021 City of Wetaskiwin Council Meeting Deputy Mayor Kevin Lonsdale presented a gift to Fabian Littlechild to honour all his efforts in bringing the communities of Wetaskiwin and Maskwacis Closer together.
Lonsdale presented a Pendleton blanket to Littlechild on behalf of City Council. Lonsdale explained in his introduction of Littlechild that, “in Cree culture, the gifting of blankets is an act of honouring and showing respect to those who have contributed to the common good.”
“Fabian has spent much of his personal time helping to strengthen relations between the people of Wetaskiwin and Maskwacis—including speaking about the City’s reconciliation efforts with his people, providing instruction on important Cree traditions and beliefs, and sharing of himself through drumming and sacred song,” said City of Wetaskiwin’s Communications Manager Ren Goode before Littlechild was presented with the blanket.
“While we are here today for Fabian to be formally recognized by this esteemed Council for his part in this shared goal, I would also like to personally thank Fabian for his many efforts. Thank you, Fabian, for holding out your hands to welcome us into the fold while your feet carry you further along the path of your ancestors. It is an honour to walk this path of reconciliation with you. May our grandchildren and great-grandchildren reap the benefits of the steps toward reconciliation that our people collectively take today.”