Prince George MLA under fire

By Catherine Hansen / CKPG News
February 28, 2018 - 11:57am

PRINCE GEORGE — A local Liberal MLA is coming under fire for comments he made about the provincial government's decision to spend 50 million dollars on preserving and revitalizing Indigenous languages.

Prince George - Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris on Monday said while language funding is important, money should be put towards hiring more police officers in First Nations communities.

Morris is being called "insensitive" and some First Nations leaders have gone as far as to ask for an apology and for the former RCMP superintendent and solicitor general to step down.

While policing is an issue, the Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations, Terry Teegee says the funding for language revitalization is vital to first nations communities and work has been underway for years to get funding. Teegee adds it's not an "either or" choice when it comes to language or policing funding.

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