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REPORTING · 16th November 2010
Walter McFarlane
The ninth question after the break came from James Richards who pointed out none of the questions addressed the First Nations. He wanted to know how they would address the Haisla.

Mary Murphy said the Haisla were their friends and neighbours. There are things they will not like and their will be things Kitimat will not like. Both groups need to respect each other and the government needs to step forward with treaties.

Corinne Scott pointed out she has worked with first nations in Alberta. She said she had learned is people need to understand First Nation culture as it is not the same as understanding European Culture. She suggested cultural awareness training for the members of the District of Kitimat. She agreed with Mary the two communities need to communicate and work together.

Linda Campbell said she already had good relationships with the Haisla among both the hereditary chiefs and the Council. She has called Deloris Pollard in the past over the peace initiatives. She said people have to understand there are differences between the two communities and we have to honour their traditions and interests and they will honour ours.

Michelle deLisser said she would like to see conjoined meeting with the Haisla and the District Council.

Edwin Empinado said respecting multiculturalism is a part of a healthy community. Respecting culture and different ways lead to a good relationship. He said Council needs to talk to them and socialize to resolve issues and build a foundation.

Debbie Rauhanen said the Haisla are our friends, neighbours and coworkers and they need to be treated as equals for respect and working together. There should not be a difference between the communities.