For Immediate Release
No Trespassing on Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc Lands
TḰEMLÚPS TE SECWÉPEMC, November 18, 2022 — In light of the November 13, 2022 incident, where an individual trespassed onto Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc reserve lands and caused a serious emergency situation on Mount Paul, Tḱemlúps is reminding the public that permission is required for access to reserve lands, with the exception of public roads and residential and commercial areas that have been leased for use for homes and businesses.
Extensive land use planning has identified areas for leasing, areas for ceremonial purposes as well as archaeological and cultural sites. It is critical that our reserve lands remain protected and that all residents and visitors are safe in permitted areas.
We provide this important reminder that any activities of any type that ventures outside of public roads and leased areas is unauthorized and unsafe.
Unauthorized access to our lands without the explicit written permission by Chief and Council, is in breach of Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc property rights, governance rights and bylaws and the Indian Act. To be clear, trespass includes both on the ground access and aerial access.
The public is reminded to respect the No Trespassing signs that are posted throughout the reserve.
Tḱemlúps te Secwépemc intends to protect its rights and property to the full extent of the law, and to exercise all available rights and remedies in order to do so, including pursuing charges against those who trespass on our lands.
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Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc Media Contact:
Rosanne Casimir, Kúkpi7/Chief
Tk̓emlúps te Secwépemc
+1 (250) 819-2255