Paintings given to Town of Banff
The Town of Banff was given two paintings by Elder Treffrey Deerfoot of the Blackfoot Confederacy and Chief Strater Crowfoot of the Siksika Nation.
The paintings, portraits of Chief Crowfoot (or Isapo-Muxika) and Chief Natowes-tsitsi (Medicine Fire) Deerfoot, are legendary leaders and ancestors of both Elder Deerfoot and Chief Crowfoot. They will both be on display in Banff town hall.
The portraits symbolize the strengthening of ties between the Blackfoot Confederacy and Town of Banff and the recognition of the profound historical and cultural significance of the Siksika Nation to the cultural heritage of this area.
Banff is on Treaty 7 lands, and Indigenous Peoples have inhabited the area for more than 10,000 years, long before the arrival of European settlers.
The Town of Banff is committed to a journey of Truth and Reconciliation, and has created an Indigenous Framework that focuses on proposed policy and key actions that the Town, as an organization, can champion.
Learn more about the framework, and the history of Indigenous Peoples in the area at banff.ca/indigenouspeoples
Fine increases for sidewalk snow clearing
Council updated the Streets and Public Place Use Bylaw to increase the fine for residents and businesses that do not clear snow and ice from public sidewalks that are adjacent their private property. The fine for the first offence was raised to $200, and the second and any further offences in the same year was increased to $400. Other fines in the bylaw were increased $200 for the first offence, and the fine for failing to comply with an order to remedy a problem was raised to $1,000. The bylaw sets regulations on what individuals cannot do on public property without a permit, including events, placement of construction material or equipment, excavations, commercial seating or displays, drainage onto public roads, sidewalks and land, smoking, or tampering with municipal assets.