Sunday will see protest at Soowahlie

Soowahlie members will be peacefully objecting to the proposed Genica Development project called 'Cultus Lake Crossing' at noon

  • Apr. 7, 2016 3:00 p.m.
A peaceful demonstration is set for noon Sunday at the gate on Leavens Road near Cultus Lake to protest a housing development propsed to be built on 28 acres of land on Soowahlie First Nation.

A peaceful demonstration is set for noon Sunday at the gate on Leavens Road near Cultus Lake to protest a housing development propsed to be built on 28 acres of land on Soowahlie First Nation.

A peaceful demonstration is set for noon Sunday near Cultus Lake to protest a housing development for Soowahlie First Nation land.

The focus is a residential project proposed by Genica Development for 250 homes under a 99-year lease agreement. It’s on 28 acres of land owned by a community member with a Certificate of Possession.

“The Soowahlie community members don’t agree with the proposed development ‘Cultus Lake Crossing,'” according to the invitation to the “peaceful protest” being organized.

“We want to protect the future of our water and land.”

Soowahlie leadership recently filed a band council resolution to stop Indian and Northern Affairs Canada from unilaterally approving the lease for the residential development.

Soowahlie Chief Brenda Wallace told the Progress last month the process has “prevented Soowahlie citizens and leadership from having any meaningful involvement” in the decision-making process.

Letters were also sent to federal officials asking for ministerial intervention to halt the project.

Protesters will gather at the entrance gate off Leavens Road at noon on April 10.

The access road to the reserve is off Columbia Valley Highway.