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Port McNeill council apologizes, cancels Canada Day celebrations

‘we would like to apologize for the pain our original decision caused’
Town of Port McNeill Community Planning Facebook photo

A decision has been made.

Port McNeill council had originally voted 3-2 in favour of holding a community barbecue on July 1 to celebrate Canada Day, but after receiving massive backlash on social media over it, the decision was quickly reversed Friday afternoon (June 25).

“On behalf of the Town of Port McNeill we would like to apologize for the pain our original decision caused,” said a statement from mayor and council that was sent to the media. “We hope this gesture shows we have heard your voices, that we stand with you in your grief and are sincerely wanting to work together towards reconciliation. We are deeply sorry to those who were offended by our actions.”

Port McNeill now joins Port Hardy, Port Alice, Alert Bay and Sointula in deciding to cancel Canada Day celebrations in the wake of mass unmarked graves being found at former residential schools across Canada.

The B.C. Indian Residential School Crisis Line is available at 1-800-588-8717 or at if you, or someone you know may be in need of somebody to talk to.

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Tyson Whitney

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I have been working in the community newspaper business for nearly a decade, all of those years with Black Press Media.
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