Editor:Municipal election time is near once again. The candidates’ names plastered on Highway 20, I see mayor and councillor candidates, over the years haven’t paid much attention until recently.
The realization that First Nations neighboring the City of Williams Lake community contribute to its economy, mayors come and go not recognizing the fact that First Nations play a role in the economy.
First Nations had a Unity Gathering at the St. Joseph’s Residential School Site and a public apology was read by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), where more than 500 survivors attended. As organizer of this event I invited the mayor/council of Williams Lake to witness the treason and genocide of an Aboriginal Culture being acknowledged and recognized, not a representative of Williams Lake attended.
The only political figure we had in attendance was Donna Barnett, the mayor of 100 Mile House at that time. This was a huge opportunity for the City to participate and recognize the treatment of First Nations through the residential school.
On this day I began to pay attention to the mayor and council nominees of Williams Lake, to build economic diversity, I believe, requires recognition of the First Nations in the surrounding area.
I’ve worked with Kerry Cook and Peter Bowman and the respect I have for them is earned, he is outspoken and straightforward, and a family man who is committed to getting the most out of every tax dollar.
Peter has played a fundamental role in creating guidelines and policies in Esk’etemc’s education system. As principal he cares enough about the community that he hosts, contributes and volunteers his time and energy to gatherings held by the community.
He recognizes aboriginal culture, traditions, and works alongside cultural and traditional lifestyles. In honour of his dedication, Esk’etemc presented him with a hand drum.
I support these two candidates; one for mayor and one for council.
My name is Fred Robbins. I am the Chief of Esk’etemc (aka Alkali Lake), and I put my support forward for Peter Bowman as councillor, Gord Keener as councillor, and Kerry Cook for mayor.Fred Robbins, ChiefEsk’etemc