Category Archives: Indian Act Indians

Video: Williams Lake Indian Band Office bureaucrats retake office

Williams Lake Indian Band councillors enter administration office


Williams Lake band office rush in

Protesters occupying the Williams Lake Indian Band administration office try unsuccessfully to block band councillor Rick Gilbert from entering the building Wednesday afternoon. Gilbert along with respected elders, other councillors and Acting Chief Heather McKenzie rushed the building in a chaotic scene outside the band office.

by  Angie Mindus, Williams Lake Tribune, May 26, 2016


The standoff at Sugar Cane is over.

The men occupying the Williams Lake Indian Band administrative office since early Tuesday left the building around 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon after meeting with elders and WLIB council members.

Council agreed to hold a community meeting Monday, May 30 for community members only starting at 5 p.m. in the WLIB gymnasium.


A chaotic scene unfolded Thursday afternoon as Williams Lake Indian Band acting chief, council and elders forced their way back into their own administration office following three days of occupation by protestors. Read the rest of this entry

Press Releases from William Lakes Indian Band Office occupation

Williams Lake band office banner youthOFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE, May 25, 2016

On Tuesday morning, members of the Secwepemc Nation evicted the Chief and Band Council of Williams Lake/Sugar Cane Indian Reserve from the Williams Lake/Sugar Cane Band Office and have continued to non-violently occupy the office since. The RCMP, aiming their guns at the unarmed Secwepemc occupiers, immediately surrounded the building and arrested April Thomas, a Secwepemc woman who just returned from presenting the plight of the Secwepemc Nation to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva and is known in the community for her opposition to the elected band council system.

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Demonstrators continue to occupy Williams Lake Indian Band office


Williams Lake band office occupation

Secwepemc women and youth join the occupation of the Williams Lake Indian Band Office, May 25, 2016. Photo: Facebook.

by  Angie Mindus, Williams Lake Tribune, May 25, 2016

Occupation of the administration office at the Williams Lake Indian Band entered day two Wednesday with no quick resolution in sight.

Six men entered the office just after 8 a.m. Tuesday after they forced their way in and asked staff to leave as women staffers were opening the building for the day.

What followed next was an initially swift response from heavily armed members of the RCMP, who secured the perimeter around the building and communicated with the protestors and also with band councillors gathered at the community’s resource building across the street. Read the rest of this entry

Community members occupy Williams Lake band office: RCMP on scene

Williams Lake band office occupation


At least four members of the Williams Lake Indian Band have forced their way into the band administration office Tuesday morning and asked staff to leave.— image credit: Angie Mindus photo

by  Angie Mindus, Williams Lake Tribune, May 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM

RCMP are on scene at the Williams Lake Indian Band administration office where at least four men forcibly entered the building just after 8 a.m. Tuesday morning and asked staff to leave.

It is unclear at this early stage what the group wants, however it is suspected their motive is political. Text messages from the group relayed to the Tribune indicate the men are unarmed, however that has not been confirmed.

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Family evicted from home at Williams Lake Indian Band


Williams Lake band eviction

RCMP officers physically remove Williams Lake Indian Band member Sheldon Wycotte from the home of his deceased’s grandfather at Sugar Cane Wednesday while a witness records the arrest. Photo: Williams Lake Tribune

by  Monica Lamb-Yorski, Williams Lake Tribune, May 19, 2016

A 29-year-old First Nations man said he doesn’t know where to turn after leaders from the Williams Lake Indian Band had police forcibly remove him from his family home and community Wednesday.

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Lockout ends after chief agrees to leave of absence pending audit

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Chief Calvin Craigan sits on the steps of the shíshálh Nation administrative building Tuesday as band member Willard Joe stands guard over the locked entrance. – Christine Wood Photo.

Christine Wood, Coast Reporter, May 12, 2016

One week after it started, the lockout at the Sechelt (shíshálh) Nation ended May 10 with the agreement Chief Calvin Craigan would take a leave of absence for at least 30 days while a forensic audit is conducted by an independent third party.

The agreement signed by protesters and councillors Tuesday afternoon also called for the chief to hand over his cell phone and credit card and for a freeze on spending by the chief until the audit is complete.

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Sechelt Nation locked down

Sechelt lockdown

Protesters kept a vigil Tuesday in front of the Sechelt Indian Band offices after locking them with chains and padlocks. – Christine Wood Photo

by Christine Wood,  Coast Reporter May 5, 2016

A group of Sechelt Nation members chained and padlocked all entrances to the Sechelt Indian Band (SIB) administration offices on Tuesday, May 3, and posted signs on the doors that read: “Lock Down For Change.”

As of Wednesday, about a dozen members were on site continuing with the protest, saying they represented more than 40 members who shared their concerns.

Among the concerns expressed were the dismissal of Coun. Ben Pierre Jr. and the alleged dismantling of a locally run fishing business.

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Chief’s bid to restore funding ‘ridiculous,’ say members of Liard First Nation

liard-first-nationChief Daniel Morris filed documents asking Federal Court to restore First Nation’s control of funding

By Phillippe Morin, CBC News, May 6, 2016

A group of Liard First Nation members is opposed to a recent court action launched by their chief and council.

In early April, Chief Daniel Morris filed court documents in Vancouver asking the Federal Court to restore the First Nation’s control of federal funding.

The First Nation, based in Watson Lake, Yukon, has been under third-party management for two years. The condition was imposed after it fell more than $700,000 in debt and failed to abide by the Federal First Nations Transparency Act. Read the rest of this entry

Former finance director of Pit River Tribe arrested

New ChiefBy Maghan Hunt, KRCR TV, March 30 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -The former finance director of the Pit River Tribe in Burney was arrested Wednesday on a number of tax charges and theft.Kenley Black, 41, formerly of Burney, was arrested today at his home in Ft. Defiance, Arizona, on charges of tax evasion, failure to file income taxes, and embezzlement and theft from a tribal organization, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.

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