City approves residential school monument in Boitanio Park

Williams Lake City Council approved the placement of a residential school commemorative monument in Boitanio Park.

Williams Lake City Council approved the placement of a residential school commemorative monument in Boitanio Park.

City staff has been authorized to assist with site preparation, installation and landscaping for the project.

The past year, city staff has worked with Esketemc Chief Fred Robbins to support the development of a project of commemoration and reconciliation regarding St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School.

One of the main elements of the project is to design and install a monument at the St. Joseph’s Mission site.

The the planning committee would like to install a ‘sister’ monument in Boitanio Park.

This would bring recognition to the impact of residential schools on the Aboriginal people in our community, but also the impact on the community as a whole.

The proposed site for the monument is in the area near the southwest entrance to Boitanio Park.

Final location will be determined in partnership with the project planning committee.

City staff would assist with preparing the site and installing the monument, along with providing some landscaping around the site as an in-kind contribution to the project.

Important  Dates

 

Chamber of Commerce Week – Feb 18-23; regular city council meeting, Tuesday, Feb. 5.