Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and affiliated NStQ Treaty Group announce official results of the Williams Lake Indian Band April 28th Agreement-in-Principle Treaty Referendum Re-Vote
April 29th, 2016 (Williams Lake, British Columbia) The Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc), one of the four member First Nation communities represented by the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council and its affiliated NStQ Treaty Group, held an Agreement-in-Principle (AiP) referendum yesterday (April 28th).
On February 11th of this year, the communities of Canim Lake Indian Band (Tsq’escen’), Soda Creek Indian Band (Xat’sūll), and Canoe Creek / Dog Creek Indian Band (Stswecem’c/Xgat’tem) each held successful referendums with membership voting in favour of moving forward into Final Negotiations; Stage Five of the six-stage treaty process. The Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc) referendum on that day was suspended, as a vocal group of protesters opposed to treaty were disrespectful and disrupted the democratic voting process at the polling station, destroying the ballot box. The WLIB scheduled a re-vote for April 28th to allow its community members the opportunity to cast a yes or no vote on the ballot question: “Do you support the recommendation of the NStQ Leadership Council to proceed to Final Agreement Negotiations?” This is not a vote on the NStQ Treaty itself, a process which the NStQ has been involved in since 1994. It determines whether the NStQ membership wish to continue into the Final Negotiations stage of treaty.
”Official Results” of Williams Lake Indian Bands’ April 28th referendum are as follows:
Williams Lake Band: YES 87 NO 74 (385 eligible voters)
Chief Ann Louie, Williams Lake Indian Band
“The treaty AiP vote went very well. We had a higher return of mail-in ballots from our out of town members this time around, and in fact almost doubled the return from the initial February 11th vote. I am extremely proud of all of our community members who took the time to cast their votes on this very important issue. I want to say a huge thank you to the staff, the on-site RCMP officers and PD security personnel who ensured the safety of voters, and finally for the support received throughout the day from NSTC and our neighboring NStQ communities. The treaty process we’ve been engaged in over the past 20+ years is based on information received from former leaders, community members and Elders knowledge of our community – information which our Treaty Staff works with on behalf of our children and the future of our community. In the end, it is the members who determine the final results and we will honour the outcome and plan for our future based on these results.”
Media Inquiries regarding “Referendum Results”, please contact:
o Marg Casey, (NStQ Referendum Officer)
P: 250-392-7361 ext: 208
Media Inquiries regarding the “WLIB and Treaty Process”, please contact:
o Chief Ann Louie, Williams Lake Indian Band (T’exelc)