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November 12, 2019

Dear Premier Horgan,

I was very disappointed to hear a news report a couple of weeks ago that I can’t get out of my mind.  So I decided to write to you about it.

The news item states that your government is taking $25 million dollars from the Skawahlook First Nation youth employment project, and directing it instead to displaced forestry workers.

First, I completely understand that displaced forestry workers have to be given adjustment programs just as oil workers do in Alberta.  We are in a time of major transition and it is happening rather fast.  We have to support Canadians to be able to make those adjustments.

Nevertheless, we both know that $25 million is not a lot of money in today’s world.  It is peanuts to provide employment for First Nations at risk youth who want to find ways to become part of the modern economy.  What a white supremacy, colonialist attitude to think we can take such programs away from First Nations Youth to support settlers from another area.  Instead we n...

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