An Open Letter to the People of Tumbler Ridge

Darwin Wren, Mayor


District of Tumbler Ridge Council and staff have been working hard to develop a made-in-Tumbler Ridge response to the Walter Energy and Anglo American closure notices.

Council recently met with provincial ministers at the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) conference in Whistler. During the conference we presented ourselves to the Province as a united Council dedicated to the betterment of Tumbler Ridge.

With the help of our MLA Mike Bernier we delivered a message that Tumbler Ridge is working on an economic action strategy that will benefit residents both in the short term and the future. We had very productive meetings with the Province and secured agreements to meet again soon in Victoria to further discuss how the Province can help Tumbler Ridge build a stable and diversified local economy.

Through our MLA Mike Bernier, who has been an invaluable champion for Tumbler Ridge, we have requested meetings with:

  • Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines
  • Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training
  • Steve Thompson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
  • Teresa Wat, Minister of International Trade
  • Amrik Virk, Minister of Advanced Education
  • Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

In the weeks and months ahead, Tumbler Ridge will go through some significant changes. Council wants to express the deep affection we have for this community and its residents. Tumbler Ridge has been through tough times before and the resiliency, sense of community, and hard work of our people has always seen us through. The month of October will provide the people of Tumbler Ridge many opportunities to get involved in taking control of our future. We encourage everyone in Tumbler Ridge to participate and help us move forward together in a positive and constructive manner.


Darwin Wren
Tumbler Ridge, BC