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The Peace River Regional District is sending a letter of support to Williams Lake First Nation Chief Willie Sellars, who called for the Williams Lake mayor to resign.

Mayor Walt Cobb apologized during a Williams Lake council meeting on Tuesday after sharing a post on social media suggesting there was an “other side” to residential schools.

On Thursday, PRRD members unanimously voted to send letters of support to Chief Sellar and the Cariboo Regional District, who put out a statement condemning Cobb’s “views on the impacts of residential schools.”

The issue of reconciliation came up while talking about the PRRD’s letters, which will express a similar sentiment towards the mayor.

During the conversation, the board reaffirmed its commitment to reconciliation.

“We are committed to the process of reconciliation with First Nations, and our focus on collaboration with First Nations is outlined in the PRRD’s strategic plan,” said PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling.

“We will continue to work with our First Nations neighbours and friends on a better future for them and for all who live in the Peace River Regional District. I believe, and my colleagues on the Regional Board believe, that we must all do better.”

The letters will also advise that the PRRD is committed to the principles and practices of reconciliation as critical to the path to healing amongst all people.

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