Today is Canada Day.
This is a day that has traditionally been one to reflect on what it means to be Canadian, and celebrate our culture, our diversity and our people.
I recognize, for some this day may not have the same meaning. The date represents the anniversary of a day that does not honour the land, culture and rights of Indigenous peoples or acknowledge the atrocities and ongoing impact of colonial practice. I acknowledge that some members of our community may not see Canada Day as a day to celebrate and I hope we, as a community, can respect that and show understanding.
With this in mind the Village of Pemberton has chosen to focus on, and celebrate, community.
I mostly feel fortunate to live where I live, enjoy the rights and responsibilities of being Canadian and experience the culture of our diverse community.
Let’s use this day as an opportunity to acknowledge the privilege we are awarded to live, work and play on this land which is located on the unceded territory of Lil’wat Nation, recognize the amazing contribution of all members of our community and come together as one.