Statement of support from Mayor Vassilaki for Williams Lake First Nation


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On behalf of City Council and all residents of Penticton, I wish to express our deepest sympathies to the Williams Lake First Nation and surrounding communities, as well as our neighbours in the Penticton Indian Band, over the discovery of more remains buried at the former St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School.

First Nations communities across Canada have long spoken about the existence of such graves and again, yesterday, these voices have been validated. 

Before reconciliation, we must have the truth.  We must seek to understand the atrocities endured and understand how they have impacted whole families, communities and Nations.  We must work to learn more about First Nations, both in Penticton (Sn’pinktn), and across our Province. 

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