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Reconciliation Minister Apologizes for Telling First Nation to ‘Group Up’ with Nearby Communities – The Tyee

The comments were insensitive to the effects of colonialism, says Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation.

For at least one local First Nation, Murray Rankin, B.C.’s minister of Indigenous relations and reconciliation, is in the hot seat.

The Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation hosted a meeting with Rankin on Feb. 10, at which they allege the minister insulted them by telling them to “group up” with nearby communities if they wanted the concerns they raised there to be taken more seriously.

Their community is distinct and the province needs to respect that if they want real reconciliation to happen, the nation has maintained.

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