In Courtenay-Alberni we are fortunate to live in the territories of the Nuu-chah-nulth, Coast Salish and K’moks peoples.

The important work of reconciliation must be done in good faith and in true, equal partnership with Indigenous communities. This includes upholding Indigenous rights, advancing self-determination, investing in children, accessible healthcare, safe quality housing for all and nurturing healthy communities as a basic right for every family. It also involves recognizing and combatting systemic racism and increasing funding to pay for measures which will help end violence against Indigenous women and girls.

There is a genocide in Canada against Indigenous women. The government created a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and but has not fully acted on its calls to justice. We must have a national action plan and I continue to press the government for urgent action.

IN THE NEWS – Alberni Valley News – Industrial waterfront development, Indigenous issues on table as NDP leader visits Alberni Valley

Economic development on the waterfront was one of the main topics of discussion during a recent visit to Port Alberni, B.C. by federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.

Singh was joined by Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns as he travelled to Port Alberni’s waterfront on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for a chance to see some of the new opportunities for economic growth. Johns said there are a number of “incredible” initiatives on the waterfront that are building economic resiliency in the Port Alberni region, which has seen many ups and downs over the years in the forestry and fishing sectors. Some of these initiatives include Coastal Restoration Society choosing Port Alberni as its Vancouver Island hub, the opening of The Dock+ food hub and the creation of Uchucklesaht First Nation’s Thunderbird Spirit Water.

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