The City of Brandon officially announced David Ironstand is the city’s new aboriginal liaison officer.
Ironstand, who has been an active member of the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council, took over the newly created position on Sept. 3, and will focus on carrying forward the main objectives of the Brandon Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council, including education, housing, economic development, employment and promoting a positive profile of aboriginal people in the Brandon community.
“The addition of David as the aboriginal relations liaison, through the support of the federal government, is an important step in the continued development of the trust relationship between the City of Brandon and the urban aboriginal population,” Coun. Jeff Fawcett (Assiniboine), who is also the chair of BUAPC, said in a press release. “The upside to this relationship is unlimited.”
“The dedicated focus of the aboriginal liaison officer will greatly enhance our ability to meet the needs and expectations of the aboriginal community within the city. Mr. Ironstand brings an outstanding reputation and an intriguing skill set to this role, and I am excited by the potential opportunities this position gives the city and the Urban Aboriginal Peoples’ Council.”
The city says Ironstand brings “a fresh insight” to traditional views in aboriginal lifestyles and knowledge of aboriginal culture. His resumé includes stints working for Industry Canada and Census Canada, and he has spent time on the Brandon University Students’ Union.
He also has management experience and has worked with youth within the Child and Family Services field in Manitoba.
Ironstand says he is excited to work with the city and BUAPC for Brandon’s aboriginal community.
“I really believe that with work and dedication we can make this a great city for aboriginal people in which to become successful and develop and garner new partnerships.”
» Brandon Sun
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 12, 2013