WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – A recent letter from Chief Willie Sellars of the Williams Lake First Nation acknowledges and thanks the Peace River Regional District for sending a letter of support around truth and reconciliation.
The letter was sent to the Williams Lake First Nation after Mayor Walt Cobb posted on social media about residential schools in early November.
The post, which has since been deleted, said there was another side to residential schools, and that Indigenous people wanted to be victims.
Mayor Cobb was criticized by the community at a November 3rd Council meeting, and he apologized for the post.
PRRD Board Chair Brad Sperling wrote a letter on November 4th indicating the district’s unanimous disagreement with Mayor Cobb’s post. The PRRD also issued a formal press release on November 5th, reaffirming its commitment to truth and reconciliation.
The response from the Williams Lake First Nation says the letter of support inspires neighbours across the region.
“Your commitment goes a long way in supporting not only our community at the Williams Lake First Nation, but also inspiring our neighbours across the region to reconsider the topic of reconciliation in our communities at large,” reads the response.
“Mayor Walt Cobb’s sharing of the social media post was very discouraging, disheartening, and disappointing. However, I am thrilled to see that your leadership has committed to conduct further strategic planning as you endeavour to support the residents of the Peace River Regional District and to improve the understanding of truth and reconciliation at your government.”