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Plenty of Positives Emerge From 2017 BC Elders Gathering

The 2017 BC Elders Gathering in Campbell River has concluded.

The gathering, which brought elders from First Nations groups across British Columbia to discuss issues facing native communities, was hosted in Campbell River for the first time.

According to Dean Manson of the Tsow-Tun Le Lum First Nation, some of those important issues addressed were climate change and self-governance.

“There are so many things that have to be done for native peoples… In our culture, our elders are very respected. This brings to a point where we show them they’re appreciated.”

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Manson notes other topics like First Nations action to fight the wildfires were discussed as well.

Overall, he states the conference was a constructive period for all attendees.

“People don’t get to see each other all the time because they live in different areas, all over the Mainland and on the Island.”

“It’s really good for them (the elders) to see each other and get rejuvinated.”

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