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March 4, 2024 Tla’amin leaders met with federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and MP Rachel Blaney. From left: Executive Councillor (EC) Losa Luaifoa, Erik Blaney (EC), MP Rachel Blaney, Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, hegus John Hackett, Lori Wilson (EC) and Dillon Johnson (EC).  
 

Tla’amin Nation welcomes Jagmeet Singh

Federal NDP Leader breaks bread with Tla’amin leaders and tours the community.

March 4, 2024

Jagmeet Singh received a warm Tla’amin welcome from leadership, staff and members of the community when visiting Tla’amin territory on March 4. He spent the afternoon in the community of tišosem (place where the water runs milky with herring spawn) and was accompanied by Member of Parliament Rachel Blaney. 

Hegus John Hackett, Executive Councillors Losa Luaifoa, Dillon Johnson, Erik Blaney, and Lori Wilson met with Singh and Blaney in Tla’amin Council chambers to discuss areas of mutual interest including tiskwat and changing the name of the city.

Tla’amin gifted Singh with a beaded orange heart to express the Nation’s appreciation for his leadership and advocacy on behalf of residential school survivors.

Following the lunch, Singh took a tour of the Tla’amin community, visiting the child development centre, new Elders housing, and the youth centre. 

Hegus John Hackett said of the visit “We really enjoyed our time with Jagmeet and our conversations about housing, economic reconciliation, and the importance of naming. His humble, down to earth, and genuine demeanor made the visit a real pleasure.” 

Singh’s visit marks the first time a federal party leader has visited the Tla’amin community of tišosem and the community left quite an impression on him.

“It was a privilege to sit down with the leadership of the Tla’amin Nation today to hear about the issues facing communities in their territory,” said Singh. “I was joined by my friend and colleague, NDP MP Rachel Blaney, as we listened and helped propose solutions to the challenges facing the Nation. New Democrats will always strive to be meaningful partners to the Tla’amin Nation as they work to create good jobs, to ensure environmental stewardship of the air, land and water so future generations can prosper, and to fight for justice for Indigenous people.”

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