The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) Board issued the following statement 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 Comox Valley Regional District is a partnership of three electoral areas and three municipalities operating on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of the land. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on providing sustainable services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.
For more information about reconciliation and the reclamation of Indigenous language visit:
- First Voices
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
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Will Cole-Hamilton, CVRD Board Chair