Charges announced by RCMP on Tuesday
CBC News, March 7, 2017
Twenty-eight people have been charged in connection with last year’s protests at the Muskrat Falls site, the RCMP announced on Tuesday afternoon.
A total of 60 charges were laid, including mischief, breaches of a court order, and taking a motor vehicle without consent. Read the rest of this entry
Gitwangak band members continue to occupy parts of the band office. They say they’re concerned that the Gitwangak Band Council is taking over the administration of education services. Previously, education for the community was provided by the Gitwangak Education Society. Read the rest of this entry
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
OFFICIAL 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.
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