Residential school events a good first step

It was a powerful experience last week attending the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School commemoration events.

It was a powerful experience last week attending the St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School commemoration events.

The level of participation from across the community and region was unique and appreciated. We acknowledged and honoured school survivors, and listened to personal experiences. As a parent, I cannot even imagine what it would have been like to have my children taken away in cattle trucks at five years of age. We have lost generations of parenting.

Coming together, listening, and acknowledging is a first step. Deciding how we move forward together is important in creating our future. My vision is to create a community where all people feel welcome and respected.

This is long overdue. We all have a choice with how we move forward together.

The monuments unveiled at the former Mission site and in Boitanio Park are permanent reminders of the residential school, and its effects, which continue to be felt today. They are also reminders of those choices that should challenge us in promoting healthy, respectful relationships.

I visited the Total Ice Training Centre last week, and had a tour from owners Tyrel and Kayla Lucas. This is a great addition to our community. It promotes healthy living and inspires excellence. Tyrel and Kayla are inspiring and lead by example.

Keep an eye out for information about the budget and bylaws in the tax notices, which will be sent out shortly. As you will see in the inserts, roughly half of your taxes come to the City.

I’ll see everyone at the Lakers Car Club Show and Shine and the Williams Lake Children’s Festival this weekend. Some fantastic events to enjoy with your family!

Kerry Cook is the mayor of Williams Lake.