TNRD board briefs you need to know

Some issues of note that arose at the Thompson-Nicola Regional District meeting of May 13.

ACKNOWLEDGING FIRST NATIONS LAND

The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has approved a territorial land acknowledgement, which will be recited at future board and committee meetings. The board approved wording of the acknowledgement, following consultation, which states: “The TNRD would like to acknowledge it connects with many First Nation Communities across our vast regional district and today are located on the Tk’emlups te Secwépemc territory, situated within the unceded ancestral lands of the Secwépemc Nation. The TNRD appreciates the partnership that we have with Tk’emlups te Secwépemc and respect the territory and land on which we gather here today.” TNRD director Arjun Singh, a Kamloops councillor, called it an “important step.”

DANCES WITH WOLVES

A request for support to ban wolf hunting in British Columbia from a Vancouver Island wildlife conservationist has been turned down by the TNRD board. The board rejected the request from Barb Murray, who is calling for a moratorium on wolf hunting in the province.

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TNRD Area E (Bonaparte Plateau) director Sally Watson said she has lived in the area for more than 30 years and proliferation of wolves in the past decade has been “amazing.” “We really do need to control them,” Watson said.

LIQUOR LICENCE FOR TRANS MOUNTAIN CAMP

The TNRD board has approved an application for a liquor primary licence for a Trans Mountain pipeline expansion work camp near Merritt. The board heard from Trans Mountain regional lead Kate Stebbings, who said the application is essentially to allow workers residing at the camp to have a couple of drinks in their homes. TNRD Area E (Bonaparte Plateau) director Sally Watson expressed concern, noting a benefit for communities having such big projects is economic spinoff resulting from workers spending within the communities they are working. “I hope that this is a one off,” Watson said. Stebbings, however, said the licence would not preclude workers from going into the community and noted additional benefits of the pipeline project for communities, including providing jobs and taxation. The board voted to approve the application and send it to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch.

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