KAMLOOPS (June 22, 2021) – The BC Liberals say John Horgan’s cut to Indigenous language programs is yet another example of the Premier making promises and not following through on them.
“Now, more than ever, it’s important for the Premier’s actions to align with his promises — yet now we hear community members are having to scramble to save their languages because the Premier has let funding lapse,” says Opposition Indigenous Relations & Reconciliation Critic Peter Milobar. “This cut comes from a Premier who has also tried to frame $60 million in reconciliation funding as new money when in reality, in budget estimates debate we confirmed it has existed all along. It’s a mischaracterization, and simply another case of John Horgan saying one thing and doing another.”
Milobar notes the cut to language programs contradicts the Minister’s mandate letter from the Premier. Milobar says if the Premier wants to build trust with Indigenous communities, it’s imperative he keeps his word to them.