June 30, 2014 3:14 pm

Okanagan Indian bands request Federal Government buy old rail line

Rail line. File photo.


Just a few days after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on aboriginal title, the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) has sent the Federal government a request to buy the old CN rail Line between Vernon and Kelowna.

The defunct rail line runs through the Okanagan Indian Band’s traditional territory.

Chief Bryon Louis states “the Commonage reserve was never lawfully surrendered or otherwise lawfully taken.”

Louis says the Okanagan people have waited well over 100 years for their concerns to be addressed by the federal government.

Canada had originally entered negotiations with the Okanagan Indian Band relating to the Commonage Reserve claim, but later withdrew from the process.

No word yet on the Canadian Government’s response to the OKIB’s letter.

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