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Okanagan Indian Band to begin blockade at 7:00 am

by Okanagan Indian Band

Okanagan Nation Territory, Vernon – Please be advised that in response to threats from [Tolko Industries Ltd] to commence logging of the watershed that supplies the majority of the 1,800 residents of the Okanagan Indian Band with their drinking water, the band membership will be commencing a protective blockade of the watershed starting at 7:00 a.m. Monday, February 22nd at the Okanagan campsite located near Bouleau Lake.

The media are welcome to attend however due to the icy winter road conditions a 4x4 vehicle is required to reach the camp.  Media needing a ride can arrange one by contacting the Okanagan Indian Band Territorial Stewardship Office at (250) 542-7132.

Anyone attending the camp is advised to dress warmly with proper winter attire as temperatures will likely be below freezing even during the day.

Under the authority of the Okanagan Nation, a parking area will be designated.  Parking will be free to the media, OKIB members and supporters but all forestry vehicles (both corporate and ministry) will be charged a parking fee of $10 per day.

All proceeds from the parking fee will go to the Okanagan Indian Band’s save the watershed fund.  Please note that title to the area is a matter that is presently before the courts and that the Crown has been unable to produce any documentation showing acquisition of title from the Okanagan Nation.


For more information please contact:    

Chief Fabian Alexis cell (250) 306-2838, phone (250) 542-4328

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