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Tla’amin Nation welcomes the public to “Ballot” Shredding Ceremony at Governance House

Shredded “ballots” will be used as compost liners to support the Nation’s new green program.

May 10, 2024

Tla’amin Territory – Tla’amin Citizens and members of the public are encouraged to drop by the Tla’amin Nation Governance House on Monday, May 13, at noon to participate in a name-change opinion poll “ballot” shredding ceremony. 

The poll will arrive in Nation members’ mailboxes tomorrow. It was first circulated by a local extremist group called Concerned Citizens of Powell River to city residents in February. The poll is not mandated by any official government body and raises serious concerns about privacy and personal information.

Hegus John Hackett says this illegitimate and divisive poll is not welcome in the Nation.

“I’m sorry that our community members have to see this in their mailboxes and feel this is a targeted attack on reconciliation,” said Hegus John Hackett, “Tla’amin Nation’s position on opinion polls, official or unofficial, remains unchanged. How many ways do we have to say no?”

Hegus Hackett continued, “We’ve watched the shocking conduct of the “concerned citizens” at city hall, which includes shouting at and belittling members of city council and the public. There is nothing genuine about this group or this exercise aimed to sow division among residents and distract from the real work of reconciliation and relationship building that our communities are engaged in.”

Tla’amin Citizens and members of the public can drop by Tla’amin Governance House, located at 4779 Klahanie Road, between noon and 1:00 PM on Monday, May 13, to shred their “ballots.”

The shredded “ballots” will be used as liners in the Nation’s new composting program. The compost will enrich Tla’amin community gardens.  

“Our Elders encourage us to always try and make good from a bad situation, so we plan to use the carbon matter from the “ballots” to enhance food security for our community,” concluded Hackett. “We welcome all members of the public to come contribute to Tla’amin food security.” 

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