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October 16, 2023
The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter to the regional board suggesting the PRRD hire an Indigenous Liason.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter to the regional board suggesting the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) hire an Indigenous Liaison to support reconciliation and economic development in the region.
The liaison would advise staff and directors on reconciliation and understanding the scope of work needed to be achieved to build meaningful relationships.
The chamber’s letter states, “In addition to reconciliation, work is required to build trust within the Indigenous community, allowing the PRRD to create appropriate and thoughtful policies that will collectively benefit and support the region.”
For the hiring process, the chamber suggests Indigenous communities be included to ensure the candidate selected for the position can work effectively with all parties involved.
Along with an Indigenous Liason, the chamber recommends the PRRD engage in a process to “understand the economic future of the region better.”