LIVE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Williams Lake First Nation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived at Williams Lake First Nation Wednesday morning, March 30. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived at Williams Lake First Nation Wednesday morning, March 30. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)
Indigenous community members from across the region arrive at the WLFN administration building just south of Williams Lake in preparation for a visit from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday, March 30. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)Indigenous community members from across the region arrive at the WLFN administration building just south of Williams Lake in preparation for a visit from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Wednesday, March 30. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)
It’s a cool rainy day in Williams Lake as the region prepares for a visit from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)It’s a cool rainy day in Williams Lake as the region prepares for a visit from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Security members are on hand for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to WLFN Wednesday, March 30. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)Security members are on hand for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s visit to WLFN Wednesday, March 30. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)
Children and staff from Little Chiefs Primary and Daycare wait outside the Williams Lake First Nation administration building to greet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Longtime former WLFN chief Anne Louie is all smiles as she waits to meet the prime minister. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with survivors of the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School during a visit to Williams Lake First Nation offices Wednesday morning, March 30. To the right of Trudeau is Charlene Belleau who serves as a First Nations liaison to help communities during the investigation into the former residential school. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with survivors of the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School during a visit to Williams Lake First Nation offices Wednesday morning, March 30. To the right of Trudeau is Charlene Belleau who serves as a First Nations liaison to help communities during the investigation into the former residential school. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo)

UPDATE (11:15 a.m.): The Prime Minister is at the Williams Lake First Nation administration building along Highway 97 where he is receiving a traditional greeting with drumming, singing and a brushing off ceremony with sage.

Trudeau has told Chief Willie Sellars and those in attendance that “all of Canada grieves with you” regarding the findings of 93 reflections at the nearby St. Joseph’s Mission’s formal residential school.

More to come

ORIGINAL:

It’s a rainy day in Williams Lake Wednesday morning, March 30, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller are set to arrive in the region.

The leaders will meet with Chief Willie Sellars of the Williams Lake First Nation, council members, elders, residential school survivors and other members of the community.

It is expected that the PM will visit the site of the area’s notorious former residential school, St. Joseph’s Mission, located just a few kilometres away from the community of Sugar Cane.

WLFN is leading an investigation into the residential school where Indigenous children from Northern Secwepemc, all six Tŝilhqot’in communities, as well as Nuxalk, Southern Dakelh, and others, attended.

Indigenous leaders and residents have long said every community and family in the region has been, and continues to be, impacted by the legacy of trauma experienced at St. Joseph’s Mission and other residential schools across the country.

Read More: Prime minister, chiefs to visit St. Joseph’s Mission former residential school near Williams Lake

Read More: ‘93 is our number’: WLFN reveals St. Joseph’s Mission preliminary findings


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