1st Indigenous councillor in Terrace, B.C., quits, citing systemic racism | CBC News
The first Indigenous member of council in Terrace, B.C., has resigned.
Jessica McCallum-Miller posted a statement on Facebook thanking voters and saying she has enjoyed working with city staff but found her ethnicity, age and gender made it “challenging” to fulfil her role.
McCallum-Miller, who is Gitxsan, Nisga’a and Tsimshian, was 25 when she was first elected to council in 2018 and held positions with the regional district and on several boards and societies before the age of 21.
Her statement says many times since her election she has felt “unheard and/or unsupported” and believes systemic and internalized racism kept fellow councillors from understanding her perspectives.
A statement posted Monday by Terrace Mayor Carol Leclerc says council was better for McCallum-Miller’s…