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Aug 3, 2020
Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser will meet with the Chiefs representing the Simpcw and Tk’emlups Nations ‘as soon as possible’ to discuss the Indigenous activists occupying crown land within Simpcw territory near Blue River, Fraser told the provincial legislature last week.
On July 15, Simpcw Chief Shelly Loring sent a letter to Premier John Horgan requesting a meeting regarding the Tiny House Warriors.
The Tiny House encampment is on unceded Simpcw land, within the larger Secwepemc territory. The Tk’emlups and Simpcw are two of 17 bands located in the Secwepemc Nation.
The letter from Loring followed a community meeting held in Blue River in June in which town residents and Simpcw members gathered together to discuss solutions to what they said was repeated harassment by the Tiny House activists during their two-year occupation of land adjacent to the Blue River townsite.