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Leadership Council Open Letter: Commendation to the Hartley Bay Community


March 22, 2006

Hartley Bay Village Council
445 Hayimilsaxaa Way
Hartley Bay, BC V0V 1A0

Via Post and Facsimile: (250) 841-2541

Dear Council and Community Members,

The First Nations Leadership Council commends the timely and immediate response of your community to the sinking of the BC Ferry Queen of the North in the early hours of March 22, 2006. Without hesitation, courageous members of your community bravely responded to the crash scene using fishing vessels and speedboats to rescue victims.

Your community also generously opened itself up to the passengers, and provided them with much-needed safety and comfort in the hours after the sinking.  The ability of the Hartley Bay community to pull together in response to this disaster, save lives and comfort victims truly demonstrates your strength, courage, and humanitarianism. On behalf of all First Nations in BC, we applaud you for your remarkable efforts.

Yours truly,


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