Williams Lake city councillor Marnie Brenner, along with members of council and staff, have accepted an invitation from elders at the First Nations community of Esk’et to attend a sweat on July 7, 2020.(Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Williams Lake city council, staff to attend sweat hosted by Esk’et elders

Coun. Brenner received the invitation from Irene and Freddie Johnson, her adopted family

Williams Lake city council and some staff members will be attending a sweat hosted in the First Nations community of Esk’et (Alkali Lake) on Tuesday, July 7, 2020.

During the regular meeting Tuesday, June 30, Coun. Marnie Brenner said following the June 16 city council meeting where comments were made regarding residential schools she was invited by Irene and Freddie Johnson to partake in a sweat.

“They are part of the family that I was adopted into a few years back and the invitation has now been extended to all of council and staff,” Brenner said of the Johnsons, noting councillors and staff are also welcome to bring their family members.

Read more: Graduates celebrated at Esk’etemc First Nation with outdoor community celebration

She described it as an opportunity for Esk’et elders and community members to share their healing journey as residential school survivors with herself and the others.

There will be education, the sharing of stories and people can try out the sweat, although they will not go through the full experience, she explained.

“It opens up the door for us to engage with other communities,” Brenner said. “My experience and growth as an Indigenous woman is because of my experience at Alkali. I hold that community very dear and welcome this opportunity.”

All members of council voted in favour of attending.

The visit will replace the committee of the whole meeting scheduled for that night.

After the meeting Brenner told the Tribune she believes the experience will be positive.

“Irene and Freddie and the Johnson family have been really supportive and reached out. I’m excited that council is doing this. I don’t know if it’s happened before.”

Read more: Esk’etemc store and café slated for renovations starting mid-May



news@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

IndigenousWilliams Lake

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The sow, which had gotten into household attractants, was destroyed after it showed aggressive behaviour (Caitlin Thompson photo)
Bella Coola residents urged to secure attractants after two sow grizzlies killed

One sow was a mother to three cubs of the year, which have been transported to Smithers

RCMP have released more details regarding what led up to an arrest caught on video in Williams Lake Sunday, Oct. 26. (Facebook video screenshot)
Review launched after ‘high-risk, multi-jurisdictional’ chase, arrest in Williams Lake

RCMP launching a full review and code of conduct investigation

Chief Joe Alphonse, tribal chairman of the Tsilhqot’in Nation is pictured at Farwell Canyon, B.C. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Tsilhqot’in Nation honours war chiefs with virtual celebration

Current chiefs provide video messages on Lhats’asʔin Memorial Day

Troy McMillan was flown to a Vancouver hospital Oct. 18 after falling into the boards while playing hockey Oct. 11. (Submitted Photo)
Quesnel family “overwhelmed” by support after hockey injury

Troy McMillan is fighting for his life after tumbling into the boards Oct. 11

FILE – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic in the province during a press conference in the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Thursday, October 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. shatters COVID-19 records with 817 weekend cases; masks now expected indoors

Three people have died over the past three reporting periods

A nurse performs a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Interior Health sees 31 new cases of COVID-19 over record-breaking weekend

Eighty-six cases remain active and one person is hospitalized with the virus

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

(Pxfuel)
B.C. limits events in private homes to household, plus ‘safe six’ amid COVID-19 surge

Henry issued a public health order limiting private gatherings to one household, plus a group of ‘safe six’ only

B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson speaks during a drive-in car rally campaign stop at a tour bus operator, in Delta, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Andrew Wilkinson stepping down as B.C. Liberal leader

Will stay on until the next party leader is chosen

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

VicPD and B.C. Conservation Officer Service teamed up to free two bucks who were entangled in a fishing net and dragging a wheelbarrow sized piece of driftwood behind them. (VicPD)
VIDEO: Police, B.C. Conservation help two bucks caught in one fishing net

Bucks were also dragging a wheelbarrow sized piece of driftwood behind them

A heavy police presence was spotted in Lumby, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (Facebook)
Police situation leads to ‘hold and secure’ at North Okanagan school

Police call for social media blackout in ongoing incident

“We have to make a call out to address this now so our people don’t have to feel fearful,” said Tribal Chief Mina Holmes. (Carrier Sekani Tribal Council Facebook photo)
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council seeks Indigenous-led task force in northern B.C. hospitals

Request made in an open letter to federal minister Carolyn Bennett

Most Read