Thank you for hearing our input regarding the Kamloops-North-Thompson when you came through Kamloops several months ago. At that time we were happy with the current boundaries and did not want the 70 and 100 Mile area thrown in with us for all the reasons we gave several months ago. None of us have changed our minds in that regard.
When I spoke at the hearing in Kamloops about a week ago I also heard what a number of others including Mr. Ferguson from Merritt and Chief Aaron Sam from the Lower Nicola Band had to say in favour of including Hope in the Fraser-Nicola. The First Nations bands between Hope and Merritt have much in common culturally and linquistically and many consider the bands to be part of one First Nation. Chilliwack, however, is part of another First Nation and culturally and linquistically distinct from the Merritt -Hope First Nation, more coastal.
It was also my experience as a teacher leader throughout the '90s that the Hope Teachers felt they would be swallowed up by the much larger center of Chilliwack. As a smaller centre they felt they had much more in common with Merritt. Princeton is also a smaller rural community and has much in common with Boundary-Similkameem historically and geographically.
Once more, I thank the Commission for their hard work and sensitivity to what the people of our region have had to say.