In response

I’m glad to hear that the City of Enderby has helped to address accommodation issues for the 2017 Secwepemc Gathering from Aug. 18 to 20.

I am saddened that Mayor Greg McCune described Enderby city council’s inability to help fund the gathering with the words, reported in the Aug. 11 Morning Star, “We struggle to even support events in our own community.”

The Secwepemcu’lecw, are a vital part of our community in the North Okanagan, as are the Syilx and all of our other indigenous peoples.

This is non-negotiable.

If funding denies this basic truth, then it is up to all of us to change funding models rather than allowing them to divide our community.

Harold Rhenisch

Vernon