Local First Nations are organizing a march on council tonight, where one of the main topics will be reconciliation
Last month, City Council agreed unanimously that city staff should work with local First Nations governments on protocol agreements and engagements surrounding reconciliation.
Councillor Jolleen Dick, of Hupacasath and Chief Councillor Cynthia Dick, of Tseshaht say despite Port Alberni being the first city in the province to sign the Truth and Reconciliation Commission agreement when it was first brought to national attention in 2007, little has been done since then.
The March will start at the Harbour Quay at 5:30 and head up Argyle Street for the council meeting at 7.
The Huu-ay-aht First Nation will be holding a press conference in Vancouver this morning, to announce their advanced interest in being home to an LNG project.
On Saturday the Bamfield-area First Nation held an electronic vote, and 70% of their eligible voters indicated a desire to move forward on the issue.
They have partnered with Steelhead LNG of Vancouver in what Chief Councillor Robert Dennis has referred to as a game-changer for the Nation of 750 people.
Steelhead has proposed a $30 billion LNG Plant be constructed on land owned by the First Nation at Sarita Bay.
Potluck Ceramics has increased their support of the Ty Watson Hospice House again.
On Friday owner Helma Swinkels and volunteers presented a cheque for $20,000 to Ty Watson manager Chris Mallon, bringing their total donation to more than $130,000 in 5 years.
Mallon said the value of the donation is huge.
She said Port Alberni is very lucky to have a stand-alone hospice house that is not part of a hospital, and it's not a licence that Island Health gives out easily.