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Outside the Kitimat RCMP police station, Diversity Morgan’s family and Kitimat RCMP come together for a pride flag-raising ceremony. (Jacob Lubberts photo)
With heavy hearts, the Kitimat RCMP hosted a pride flag ceremony to highlight the RCMP’s commitment to inclusion and diversification, as well as honouring the passing of 15-year-old transgender student, Diversity Morgan, from Kitimat.
Speeches were given by Staff Sergeant Graham Morgan, Mayor Phil Germuth, Haisla Nation Chief Councillor Crystal Smith, and Diversity’s father, Mike Wilson.
“We are gathered here for the pride flag ceremony, but in my mind, we’re gathered here in solidarity for anyone who’s ever experienced prejudice or discrimination. […] Today we celebrate what makes us all unique individuals,” Mayor Phil Germuth said in his speech at the pride flag ceremony.
Struggling to get the words out, Crystal Smith, Haisla Nation’s chief councillor, emphasized her condolences to Diversity’s family in her speech sharing her similar experiences as well as acknowledging the need for education around these subjects.
Diversity’s father, Mike Wilson, said he wished that everyone was there under different circumstances but was grateful to see the turnout and the support from the community.
In honour of Diversity, the Kitimat RCMP also lowered their Canadian flag to half-mast, to bring awareness for people who are experiencing discrimination and are in need of additional support.
The Kitimat RCMP also stated that they will be lowering their Canadian flag around this time every year as a visual representation of LGBTQ+.
Kitimat Save-On-Foods also donated water and snacks for the ceremony.

Kitimat RCMP host pride flag ceremony in memory of Diversity Morgan

“We’re gathered here in solidarity for anyone who’s ever experienced prejudice or discrimination”

(Haisla First Nation logo)

Haisla Nation host walk for strength and series of virtual sessions for Indigenous History Month

The purpose of the walk is to bring Haisla Nation members together and show their collective support

Ron getting loose and sipping a glass of the family’s favourite greek amber spirit, Metaxa. (Photo supplied)

In Our Valley: Ron Lechner

Retired part-time singer and Rio Tinto lifer: Ron Lechner

Hirsch Creek Golf Course Volunteer, Augie Penner, talking about how he continues the tradition, set by Joe Atamchuck, to catch and release fry that keep spawning at the course. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

VIDEO: Kitimat golf course volunteers making moves for the fishlings

During the highwater season, salmon are known to lay their eggs in the ponds at the golf course

Hirsch Creek Golf Course Volunteer, Augie Penner, talking about how he continues the tradition, set by Joe Atamchuck, to catch and release fry that keep spawning at the course. (Jacob Lubberts photo)
Susan Jay hosted a plant and garage sale on May 25 and donated all of her proceeds to the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation to help with the purchase of a new bus for residents at Mountain View Lodge, Delta King and the new Kitimat Valley Housing Society dementia home. (Barbara Campbell photo)

KGHF thanks Susan Jay for her help to purchase a new bus for seniors in multi-level care

Susan donated all proceeds to KGHF, her efforts netted the hospital foundation a total of $1,760

Susan Jay hosted a plant and garage sale on May 25 and donated all of her proceeds to the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation to help with the purchase of a new bus for residents at Mountain View Lodge, Delta King and the new Kitimat Valley Housing Society dementia home. (Barbara Campbell photo)
An example of what a mural would look like on the back wall on Ron’s Bait and Tackle Store which faces the courtyard and sidewall. The mural photos shown here are mock-ups of existing artwork on walls of interest in the downtown core to build anticipation within the community about the concept of murals. The KPAA will not necessarily be using these locations or this artwork for the actual murals. (KPAA photo)

Kitimat Public Art Alliance mural funding request denied

D’Andrea suggested she will come back to the council at a later date with a more concrete plan

An example of what a mural would look like on the back wall on Ron’s Bait and Tackle Store which faces the courtyard and sidewall. The mural photos shown here are mock-ups of existing artwork on walls of interest in the downtown core to build anticipation within the community about the concept of murals. The KPAA will not necessarily be using these locations or this artwork for the actual murals. (KPAA photo)
L-R: Vanessa Couto, Montana Murray, Connor Best, Dawn Best, Natalia Lopez, Thomas Walton, and Charlotte Collier partaking in the clean-up Kitimat campaign on May 28. (Katie Peacock photo)

Kitimat’s MStar Hotel brings out staff’s competitive clean-up side

The hotel staff circulated the Big Spruce Trailhead and picked up as much garbage as they could

L-R: Vanessa Couto, Montana Murray, Connor Best, Dawn Best, Natalia Lopez, Thomas Walton, and Charlotte Collier partaking in the clean-up Kitimat campaign on May 28. (Katie Peacock photo)
On June 16 at 6 p.m., the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a public presentation and discussion with Happipad, a social enterprise, to talk about solutions for affordable housing Kitimat. (Happipad photo)

Affordable housing to be focus of Kitimat Chamber of Commerce meeting

Figures indicate the average Kitimat household needs to make more than $92,000 a year

On June 16 at 6 p.m., the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a public presentation and discussion with Happipad, a social enterprise, to talk about solutions for affordable housing Kitimat. (Happipad photo)
Josephine Kaldenhoven, 23, has life experiences long past her age and is eager to share them with the rest of the world. (Photo supplied)

In Our Valley: Josephine Kaldenhoven

Not letting herself get in the way

Josephine Kaldenhoven, 23, has life experiences long past her age and is eager to share them with the rest of the world. (Photo supplied)
If runners register for the race before June 12, they’ll receive a Festivals Kitimat t-shirt and a wooden medal which is in the shape of a maple leaf with the District of Kitimat logo at the bottom. All proceeds from the event will be given back to the Tamitik Status of Women Food Share Program. (Courtney Fairbrother photo)

Kitimat’s Virtual Fun Race and Walk set for July 1 to July 10

Participants have the choice to run 3 kilometres, 5 kilometres, 10 kilometres, or 21 kilometres

If runners register for the race before June 12, they’ll receive a Festivals Kitimat t-shirt and a wooden medal which is in the shape of a maple leaf with the District of Kitimat logo at the bottom. All proceeds from the event will be given back to the Tamitik Status of Women Food Share Program. (Courtney Fairbrother photo)
Elizabeth Pete is a survivor of St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

WATCH: Kamloops bound convoy greeted by Canim Lake Band in 100 Mile House

More than two dozen members of the Tsq’escenemc people (Canim Lake Band) showed up

Elizabeth Pete is a survivor of St. Joseph’s Mission in Williams Lake. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A fundraiser intended to fund the search of Vancouver Island’s five residential school for children’s remains topped $100,000 Friday (June 4). Pictured is a church at Chawathil First Nation on Highway 1, on May 31, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)

Fundraiser to search more B.C. residential schools tops $100,000

Indigenous leaders hope to use radar technology to search for lost children on Vancouver Island

A fundraiser intended to fund the search of Vancouver Island’s five residential school for children’s remains topped $100,000 Friday (June 4). Pictured is a church at Chawathil First Nation on Highway 1, on May 31, 2021. (Black Press Media file photo)
On May 15, 2021, eight teams from MEMSS graduating class set off on the Grad 2021 Amazing Race. The teams had 3 hours to solve location clues to 15 challenges spread around town. Each uniquely different task was created, or sponsored, by community businesses or agencies. The teams built robots, programmed sensors, solved puzzles, moved tires, escaped rooms, and shopped for the Food Bank. They golfed, made beds, got wet, memorized, and problem-solved. The Grads of 2021 wish to thank the community for its generous support which made this year’s race truly amazing. (Photos supplied)

Kitimat high school grads sent off with an Amazing Race.

On May 15, 2021, eight teams from MEMSS graduating class set off…

On May 15, 2021, eight teams from MEMSS graduating class set off on the Grad 2021 Amazing Race. The teams had 3 hours to solve location clues to 15 challenges spread around town. Each uniquely different task was created, or sponsored, by community businesses or agencies. The teams built robots, programmed sensors, solved puzzles, moved tires, escaped rooms, and shopped for the Food Bank. They golfed, made beds, got wet, memorized, and problem-solved. The Grads of 2021 wish to thank the community for its generous support which made this year’s race truly amazing. (Photos supplied)
BGC Williams Lake staff includes youth outreach worker Dylan McGuire (back from left), youth engagement worker with NOOPA Jo O’Connor, youth engagement worker Mycaela Ryckman, independent living co-ordinator Derek Godin (front from left), manager of club operations Krista Harvey and harm reduction co-ordinator Laurel White. The group is welcoming the organization’s, formerly Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District’s, new name, BGC Williams Lake. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Boys and Girls Club rebrands to ‘BGC Canada,’ citing push for gender-inclusivity

Club says it already opens its doors to all kids and teens and its name should reflect that

BGC Williams Lake staff includes youth outreach worker Dylan McGuire (back from left), youth engagement worker with NOOPA Jo O’Connor, youth engagement worker Mycaela Ryckman, independent living co-ordinator Derek Godin (front from left), manager of club operations Krista Harvey and harm reduction co-ordinator Laurel White. The group is welcoming the organization’s, formerly Boys and Girls Club of Williams Lake and District’s, new name, BGC Williams Lake. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Volunteers work on a past year’s poppy fund activities at the Trafalgar/Pro Patria Legion on Gorge Road in Victoria. The provincial government announced $1.5 million in one-time funding for B.C. and Yukon legions on June 2 to help them stay open through the remainder of the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. government announces $1.5 million in pandemic relief for struggling Legion branches

Property tax exemption is what Legions really need, Victoria branch president says

Volunteers work on a past year’s poppy fund activities at the Trafalgar/Pro Patria Legion on Gorge Road in Victoria. The provincial government announced $1.5 million in one-time funding for B.C. and Yukon legions on June 2 to help them stay open through the remainder of the pandemic. (Black Press Media file photo)
BC Cancer Foundation canvassers are recognizable by their teal vests and ID badges. (Foundation file photo)

B.C. Cancer Foundation canvassers going door-to-door

Residents asked to support monthly donor program, but warned canvassers do not take cash

BC Cancer Foundation canvassers are recognizable by their teal vests and ID badges. (Foundation file photo)
TSWA and Cornerstone Food Share add fry bread to the menu for the BC anti-racism intitiaive. Fry bread is a treat in the Haisla community and is best served with Rogers syrup. (Jacob Lubberts photo)

VIDEO: Traditional fry bread given at Kitimat food share for anti-racism initiative

The TSWA is using food to challenge and identify the racial divide in the community.

TSWA and Cornerstone Food Share add fry bread to the menu for the BC anti-racism intitiaive. Fry bread is a treat in the Haisla community and is best served with Rogers syrup. (Jacob Lubberts photo)
Born in Chandigarh India, Roop Kamal moved to Canada in 2016 and is getting the opportunities she’s always aspired for. Now residing in Kitimat, she isn’t planning on leaving anytime soon. (photo supplied)

In Our Valley: Roop Kamal

Travel bug Roop puts down the suitcase to enjoy the scenery

Born in Chandigarh India, Roop Kamal moved to Canada in 2016 and is getting the opportunities she’s always aspired for. Now residing in Kitimat, she isn’t planning on leaving anytime soon. (photo supplied)
Russ Ball (left) and another team member work to extract an ancient turtle fossil from along the Puntledge River in January 2021. (Credit: Derek Larson)
Russ Ball (left) and another team member work to extract an ancient turtle fossil from along the Puntledge River in January 2021. (Credit: Derek Larson)
CDN Controls Kitimat branch donated 540 non-perishable food items to the local Kitimat Food Bank to $540 to the Kitimat Food Share Program. (Photo supplied)

CDN Controls Kitimat branch donates 540 non-perishable food items to local food bank.

Donations were made to the local food bank and the local food share program

CDN Controls Kitimat branch donated 540 non-perishable food items to the local Kitimat Food Bank to $540 to the Kitimat Food Share Program. (Photo supplied)