The Comox Valley Regional District Board has issued a statement in support of the Tla’amin Nation.
It’s in response to conduct at a recent City of Powell River meeting that included hurtful comments in reference to the traditional language of the Tla’amin Nation.
“When harmful statements are made, it is incumbent upon us as local governments to affirm our commitment to stand up against any form of racism and discrimination. The CVRD is dedicated towards reconciliation, accessibility, diversity and inclusivity within our community,” explains Chair Will Cole-Hamilton.
"The CVRD would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that it recognizes and supports the rights of all Indigenous people to revitalize their traditional languages. This right is clearly articulated by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and is an important part of reconciliation, as called upon by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission."
The City of Powell River issued a statement saying it apologies to the Nation and “wishes to continue serious conversations about furthering all aspects of reconciliation.”
To see the full statement from the Comox Valley RD, visit Comox Valley Regional District.