Plans for Sharing Circle now underway

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Brandon Riverbank Inc. is delighted to announce that plans for an All
Nations Sharing Circle are now underway thanks to the generous support from
Westoba Credit Union and the Westoba Inspire community investment program.

“We’re so appreciative of this grant from Westoba Credit Union,” said James
Montgomery, GM of Brandon Riverbank Inc. “With the support of the community and
from Westoba Credit Union, we’re confident that we can see this project come to
fruition.”

The Sharing Circle will be located on the Riverbank grounds south of the picnic shelters
near the Assiniboine River where there is a fork in the walking trails. The area will be a
safe place for all people to share knowledge, experiences, stories and more and will
also create opportunities for the Riverbank to continue its ongoing efforts in creating a
positive place for reconciliation, says Bernie Chrisp, board president of Brandon
Riverbank Inc.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the community and we hope that this helps
boost our Indigenous tourism and Indigenous learning here at the Riverbank,” Chrisp
added.

Leah LaPlante, chair of the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council, says
Indigenous people are naturally drawn to the Riverbank Discovery Centre because it
reminds us of our stories that we were told as youngsters.

“The Discovery Centre has given us every opportunity to be involved with planning and
allowing us to share Indigenous culture in such a beautiful place,” she said. “Thank you
Westoba Credit Union for strengthening this relationship as the Sharing Circle is a safe
place to learn about each other.”

Rick Chrest, Mayor of the City of Brandon, says this will be a fabulous addition to the
Riverbank and is another step forward in Brandon’s overall journey of reconciliation.

“We’re grateful for Westoba’s initiative in making this project a reality,” he added.

Westoba believes in staying connected and engaged. Each year, they give thousands
of dollars away in donations and sponsorships to a variety of organizations and
programs. “Westoba strives to make a significant difference in the communities where
we live and operate,” said Liz Roberts, a member of the Westoba board of directors and
community investment committee member. “This project offers a space for social
interconnections and learning that can have a powerful impact on individuals and the
community.”

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