03/28/2013 05:34 EDT | Updated 05/28/2013 05:12 EDT

B.C. First Nations angry over letter to editor; daily paper apologizes

NANAIMO, B.C. - A Vancouver Island daily newspaper is apologizing for running a letter to the editor that has angered First Nations.

In an editorial clarification, Nanaimo Daily News publisher Hugh Nicholson apologized for any distress the letter may have caused since its Wednesday publication.

Nicholson says the letter should not have run, and its views were those of the writer, not the paper.

The letter is titled "Educate First Nations to be modern citizens" and it bluntly questions First Nations achievements and their place in Canada.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, an organization that represents about 8,000 registered members, says it will cut ties with the newspaper and will no longer print its own publication, Ha-Shilth-Sa, on the Nanaimo presses.

Nanaimo's mayor, First Nations leaders and about 150 other people joined a protest against the letter's publication outside the newspaper's office on Thursday afternoon. (The Canadian Press/CKWV)