Vancouver: BC Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson and Opposition Critic for Indigenous Relations MLA Dan Ashton released the following joint statement today for National Indigenous Peoples Day:
“Every June we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day and honour the history, culture, and contributions of Indigenous people throughout the country.
“Today is a time to proudly acknowledge the unique culture, heritage, and achievements of all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people who call British Columbia home.
“Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from getting together this year to mark the occasion with the usual public festivities and demonstrations.
“The BC Liberal Caucus hopes people across the province will join us in safely celebrating and recognizing the strength of all 203 First Nations bands in B.C. and their valuable contributions to our province.
“As we celebrate, we must also acknowledge the history of Canada’s relationships with First Nations and pledge to continue working together to build a better future for everyone. Working on better nation-to-nation partnerships and creating economic opportunities are important steps on the path towards strengthening those relationships.
“Together, let’s all continue building a path forward that will bring security and prosperity for everyone who calls this land their home.”