SRD changes position on supporting Tlowitsis Reserve application

District says it now supports the application ‘in principal,’ and is committed to ‘ongoing dialogue’

The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) board has voted to approve a letter of support, at least in principle, regarding the Tlowitsis Nation’s Addition to Reserve (ATR) application.

The application is for 630 acres of land located in SRD Electoral Area D on York Road, south of Campbell River, which spawned public outcry and confusion from some Area D residents when it was announced in early 2016.

The SRD previously witheld support for the reserve, saying the Tlowitsis had not given them enough information for them to make an informed decision whether or not to support the application, but in a release this week, the SRD has announced they will now support the ATR application.

“While the SRD does not have the authority to approve or reject the application, the board is committed to working with the Tlowitsis Nation to facilitate respectful, constructive and ongoing dialogue about their plans,” the release issued this week states.

Many area D residents have complained that they were caught off guard by the announcement and are disappointed in what they say has been a lack of transparency in the process.

“In the letter, we have provided support in principle, acknowledging that the Tlowitsis Nation have stated that they will continue to engage with Electoral Area D residents on matters of interest to them such as water and sewer services, traffic management, site planning, bylaw harmonization, and shared community benefit. The Tlowitsis have committed to working with the SRD to communicate further information with Area D residents as it becomes available,” says SRD Board Chair Michele Babchuk in the release.

“In June of 2016 the Board received a letter from the Tlowitsis Nation requesting a letter of support for their ATR application. At that time, the Board felt they did not have adequate information to comment on the ATR process,” says SRD CAO David Leitch in the release. “A working group was subsequently created, including representatives from Tlowitsis Nation, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), the City of Campbell River, the SRD and Director Brenda Leigh, Electoral Area D representative. This group was tasked with gathering information and improving communications. The working group determined that the Tlowitsis Nation and INAC should provide further information to address concerns and questions raised by Area D residents.

The SRD, working with the Tlowitsis Nation and INAC, created information package which were mailed to all Area D property owners on August 21. From the 1,845 packages mailed, only five requests for additional information have been received. Moving forward, the SRD will continue to have a role in working with the Tlowitsis Nation to exchange information between the Nation and Area D residents.”

For more information about the Tlowitsis First Nation ATR application, visit tlowitsisnation.ca. For more information on the Addition to Reserve process, visit the Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada website at aadnc-aandc.gc.ca.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Some bystanders with fire extinguishers helped keep the fire under control. Photo courtesy Suzie Thomas
Bystanders keep fire from spreading near McIvor Lake turnoff

‘Just be vigilant and careful,’ says Campbell River fire chief

The Pier Street Farmers Market will once again take up residence on Sundays from May to Septmber at the parking lot across from the Community Centre in downtown Campbell River for 2021. Mirror File Photo
Pier Street Farmers Market returns to Cedar Street parking lot for 2021

…and it’s hoped that the addition of artisans this year will make it even better

Some recommendations from the Downtown Safety Select Committee have been approved by Campbell River City Council, including removing the glass stage covering at Spirit Square. Photo by Marc Kitteringham, Campbell River Mirror
Council going ahead with removing Spirit Square stage covering

But mayor acknowledges need for ‘welcoming, warm place with support services’

A small fire on North Rendezvous Island is the first wildfire of the season in the Campbell River area. Officials are asking people to take caution when burning during these dry conditions. BC Wildfire Dashboard
‘Conditions are tricky at the moment’ warns Coastal Fire Centre

Small fire on North Rendezvous Island first of the season for Campbell River area

Rainbow trouts thrashing with life as they’re about to be transferred to the largest lake of their lives, even though it’s pretty small. These rainbows have a blue tinge because they matched the blue of their hatchery pen, but soon they’ll take on the green-browns of their new home at Lookout Lake. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
VIDEO: B.C. lake stocked with hatchery trout to delight of a seniors fishing club

The Cherish Trout Scouts made plans to come back fishing soon

For Leela Harrop, the recent death of her brother Raju Tiwari pushed her to sign up for the vaccine. Photo supplied
Island woman on fence about vaccine prompted by brother’s death

Leela Harrop of Comox says she did have issues with signing up online this past week

Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week file photo)
RCMP intercept vehicle fleeing with infant taken from Kamloops hospital

The baby was at the hospital receiving life-saving care

Vancouver Police Const. Deepak Sood is under review by the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. after making comments to a harm reduction advocate Sunday, April 11. (Screen grab)
VIDEO: Vancouver officer convicted of uttering threats under watchdog review again

Const. Deepak Sood was recorded Sunday saying ‘I’ll smack you’ and ‘go back to selling drugs’ to a harm reduction advocate

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate persists, 1,005 new cases Friday

Hospitalization up to 425, six more virus-related deaths

Premier John Horgan receives a dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at the pharmacy in James Bay Thrifty’s Foods in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, April 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. Premier John Horgan gets AstraZeneca shot, encourages others

27% of residents in B.C. have now been vaccinated against COVID-19

The Nautical Dog Cafe at Skaha marina is getting its patio ready in hopes Mother Nature will provide where provincial restrictions have taken away indoor dining. (Facebook)
‘A lot of instability’: B.C. restaurants in layoff limbo

As COVID-19 cases stay high, restaurants in British Columbia are closed to indoor dining

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Expectations high as Trudeau Liberals get ready to unveil first pandemic budget

The Liberals will look to thread an economic needle with Monday’s budget

Coldstream students took over the Your Letters page in the April 9, 2021, edition of the Vernon Morning Star to offer advice to adults about COVID-19. Interior Health took notice and offered their praise. (Vernon Morning Star)
‘We can get rid of COVID together’: B.C. kids share heartwarming advice

Grade 2 and 3 classes from a North Okanagan elementary took over Letters page of this Black Press newspaper

Most Read