I am writing in response to Dispute results in gym closure in the June 28th, 2013 issue of The Pioneer.
This kind of vulgar language is unacceptable regardless of the event or status of individual within any community. This situation could have been prevented by rescheduling the gymnastics to another day, or inviting the gymnastics group to witness the ceremony and both parties could have benefited.
National Aboriginal Day is an educational event open to spectators to participate in cross-cultural activities. Old school or not, it is not acceptable to speak in this fashion to anyone, especially in the presence of young children.
I do not condone the Chiefs actions or his choice of words and express my sincere apologies to the owner and the children of the Glacier Peaks Gymnastics Centre.
Shuswap Band Member