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General News · 25th June 2013
Sarah Downey
http://www.change.org/petitions/strathcona-regional-district-board-be-respectful-of-the-wishes-of-the-klahoose-first-nation?utm_campaign=petition_invitation&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition

If you'd like to add your signature, Wednesday is the last day to do it. The SRD board revisits this topic on Thursday the 27th.

Use above link to sign on-line petition or find a paper version at the Gorge Store or Co-op Store.

Petition
Strathcona Regional District Board: Respect the wishes of the Klahoose First Nation

It is time to move into a new era of reconciliation and truth when it comes to our shared past, aboriginal and colonial, and its consequences on our shared present and future.

The Klahoose Nation has offered to host the public hearing for the Klahoose Marina application at the Klahoose First Nation's Hall, requesting that it be held within their community. The Regional District board has chosen otherwise and chose to hold the public hearing elsewhere, expressly against Klahoose's request.

We need to accommodate First Nations rights and title for many reasons, both legally and morally. Building a good rapport with all First Nations, and Klahoose government as an example, is arguably the most important social, policy and land-use matter before governments in Canada at this time.

We are a new generation of people and we are ready to face the past and stand up and acknowledge that reconciliation with First Nations is the work of our time.
We are committed to it.

The non-native community wants our government to know that now and always we want to show respect and build a positive relationship with Klahoose.