Jobs will keep families in region

I note that I have been classed as being in favour of the Taseko Corporation’s Prosperity mine project.

Editor:

I note that I have been classed as being in favour of the Taseko Corporation’s Prosperity mine project. I guess this is true, so the question becomes what does the mine do for me, a man of almost 80.

Certainly I have no plans to work on the project, so why should I care if the mine goes forward or not.

As a father of four children each born in the Bella Coola hospital I recognize how important it is for one’s children to live, get their education and find employment, get married, and raise their families as near as possible to the home of their upbringing surrounded by the heritage, and so very many of their dear and beloved family.

None of my children, and none of my grandchildren or great grandchildren remain living in the Bella Coola Valley; Bella Coola was a virtual one industry community almost totally dependent on a rapidly diminishing forest resource.

As this forest resource diminished greater numbers of the community had to travel further and further afield to provide for the needs and wants of their family. Bella Coola, much like Nemiah, is an extraordinarily beautiful place, rushing waters, a land of natural resources, striking snow covered mountains, simply a year round paradise.

Tourists that make the journey by vehicle, plane or ferry swear Bella Coola is one of the most beautiful places they have seen.

As leaders of Nemiah have told me that they wish to develop tourism as a foundation of their economic development plans, the Bella Coola Valley is also a rich and resourceful tourist destination. However as we can see here in the greater community of Williams Lake, tourism is only one small slice of Williams Lake’s economic pie, to attract tourists to an area requires more than being located at some important juncture, such as Horsefly, Barkerville, Likely or Soda Creek, it takes having a very aggressive and expensive marketing plan, couple that with years and years of waiting for the tourist fish to bite.

When I asked Marilyn Baptiste, then Nemiah Band chief, how the band was doing in keeping their children from leaving, I did not get an answer.

As I look at my own Bella Coola born family, I know the answer, children leave when there is no employment to keep them there.

Doug Wilson

Williams Lake

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

Just Posted

This Dec. 2, 2020, file photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows vials of the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)
Interior Health notes 80 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend

108 people in the region have died from the virus

The Horsefly Community Hall will be the site of a mobile vaccine clinic March 19, 2021. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Six COVID-19 vaccine clinics to open in Cariboo Chilcotin

100 Mile, Alexis Creek, Big Lake, Horsefly, Williams Lake and Tatla Lake

A Williams Lake area family living on Knife Creek Road lost everything to a house fire on Wednesday, March 3. (Photo submitted)
House fire destroys rural family home south of Williams Lake

The Macdonalds built their home on Knife Creek Road about 30 years ago

A special committee has been appointed to look at reforming B.C.’s police act and is inviting the public to make submissions until April 30, 2021. (Black Press media file)
Public input sought for B.C.’s police act review

Submissions will be accepted until April 30

A new daycare in Tl’etinqox (Anaham) will be located across the road from the Datsan Chugh building. (Tl’etinqox Government Facebook photo)
Daycare approved to be built at Tl’etinqox First Nation

“We’re excited,” said Chief Joe Alphonse

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
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

Cottonwoods Care Home in Kelowna. (Google Maps)
New COVID-19 outbreak at Kelowna care home includes fully vaccinated seniors: Henry

Two staff and 10 residents tested positive at Cottonwoods Care Centre

Excerpts from a conversation between Bria Fisher and the fake truLOCAL job. Fisher had signed a job agreement and was prepared to start work for what she thought was truLOCAL before she learned it was a scam. (Contributed)
B.C. woman warning others after losing $3,000 in job scam

Bria Fisher was hired by what she thought was a Canadian company, only to be out thousands

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide a regular update on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, March 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 cases: 545 Saturday, 532 Sunday, 385 Monday

Focus on Prince Rupert, Lower Mainland large workplaces

Rising accident rates and payout costs have contributed to billion-dollar deficits at ICBC. (Comox Valley Record)
B.C. appealing decision keeping ICBC injury cases in court

David Eby vows to ‘clip wings’ of personal injury lawyers

(Black Press Media files)
Hosts charged, attendees facing COVID fines after Vancouver police bust party at condo

Police had previously received 10 complaints about that condo

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Ahmed Hussen takes part in an update on the COVID pandemic during a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. A joint federal and B.C. government housing program announced today aims to help people living in up to 25,000 vulnerable households pay their rent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Federal, B.C. governments announce $517-million rent aid program to help vulnerable

Benefits for those not eligible for B.C.’s Rental Assistance Program or Shelter Aid for Elderly Renters

Most Read