Horgan tells TNRD allegations against Tiny House Warriors will likely be prosecuted

Charges are apparently pending against the Tiny House Warriors stemming from their activities in the North Thompson.

In a letter to the TNRD board dated Aug. 13, Premier John Horgan told board chair Ken Gillis he was “optimistic” the group would be prosecuted.

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This summer, the regional district penned a letter to the premier, requesting a meeting about community issues stemming from the camp.

TNRD Area B (Thompson Headwaters) director Stephen Quinn said at the time the group had occupied the area since summer of 2018 and its members have been creating trouble in the small, rural community two-and-a-half hours north of Kamloops on Highway 5.

Quinn said the group has been harassing businesses and people.

The group is asserting what it said is “Secwépemc territorial authority and jurisdiction,” protesting the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which includes a planned camp of 500 workers stationed in Blue River during construction.

The group was allegedly responsible for throwing paint on a building and plaza at Thompson Rivers University in December 2018 during a protest at a pipeline project pre-consultation round table at the Campus Activity Centre between former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci and local indigenous groups.

In response to that meeting request, Horgan wrote to the board saying he met with B.C.’s public safety minister, Mike Farnworth, and indigenous relations minister, Scott Fraser, about the matter.

He said the RCMP has been working to respond to calls generated by the encampment. He said the TNRD will be given the opportunity to speak with Farnworth, as well as B.C.’s attorney general, David Eby to review enforcement.

“We understand that charges have been developed by the RCMP and we are optimistic that they may go forward for prosecution,” Horgan wrote.

“I am hopeful that this discussion will reassure you that the RCMP are responsive to community concerns.”

The premier added he is having looked into the potential for additional actions.

“Like you, our government respects and supports the right to peaceful protest, but we cannot accept actions that impact uninvolved third parties at the level of personal harassment or interference in their business and personal affairs,” the letter stated.

KTW has reached out to Clearwater RCMP and the Tiny House Warriors for comment.

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