Premier David Eby has issued the following statement marking B.C. Day:
“B.C. Day is an opportunity to celebrate this wonderful place we call home and the people who make it so special. We’re fortunate to live in a place known for its stunning scenery, incredible opportunities and warm, hard-working people.
“British Columbia welcomes people from around the world, whether as visitors or newcomers looking to build a good life for themselves and their family. B.C. is now home to people from more than 200 countries, alongside Indigenous Peoples who have lived on this land for generations. Our diversity is one of our defining features and one of our greatest strengths.
“This B.C. Day comes at a challenging time as we face severe wildfires and drought conditions. Once again, British Columbians are demonstrating their strength, resilience and willingness to lend a hand to their neighbour – whether across the street or the province.
“We’ve seen restaurants preparing meals for firefighters and first responders returning home from a long day on the front lines. We’ve seen individuals and businesses make changes to cut back on water use – so everyone has access to water when it’s needed. And we’ve seen thousands of firefighters and emergency personnel go to heroic lengths – and make exceptional sacrifices – to keep their fellow British Columbians safe.
“Our hearts are with the families, friends and colleagues of the two firefighters who lost their lives battling fires in B.C.’s forests. To all those continuing this brave work, thank you for your selflessness and your service.
“We also have much to be grateful for this B.C. Day. In consultation and co-operation with Indigenous Peoples, we’ve made meaningful progress on reconciliation and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We’ve taken significant steps to tackle climate change and protect our environment. At the same time, our economic recovery continues to lead the country.
“I encourage everyone to take some time to enjoy our beautiful province this B.C. Day, whether it’s going camping with your family, hiking to your favourite lookout or cooling off with a swim in a nearby lake.
“I wish you all a happy B.C. Day.”