Premier John Horgan has issued the following statement in celebration of B.C. Day:
“Today is B.C. Day, a day to celebrate the remarkable place we call home.
“British Columbia is envied around the world for its unmatched natural beauty and resources. But what really makes this province special is its people. We are the home of talented, hardworking and generous people who take care of each other and the natural environment. We are the home of diverse, multicultural communities that are built on the shared values of inclusion and respect. And we are the home of Indigenous peoples – the first peoples – on whose unceded territories we are privileged to live.
“B.C. has been through a lot over the last few months. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged and changed our province. People are still dealing with job loss and financial stress. Others are grieving the loss of a loved one. But through our collective efforts and sacrifices, we flattened the infection curve and are now planning our recovery. Our diversity and unity are what make our province strong, resilient and able to rise to the great challenges of our time.
“As we celebrate B.C. today, we recommit to protecting what makes our province so special – our people.
“When COVID-19 arrived in B.C., our government took critical steps to protect people’s health, homes and incomes. Now, as we turn our attention to B.C.’s recovery, we will continue to put people at the centre of our decisions. We will work with communities, businesses and First Nations, and together, we will build B.C. back better than it was before.
“Despite the challenges we face, British Columbians have much to celebrate this year. And there are much better days ahead. Happy B.C. Day!”