OKIB announces court dates for hearing on CN corridor

BC Supreme Court hearing to take place May 25 to 27 in Vancouver

The Chief and Council of the Okanagan Indian Band along with members of the OKIB will attend BC Supreme Court in Vancouver on May 25 to 27 to witness the injunction hearing to stop the sale of the Commonage Rail corridor.

“Our legal team has confirmed these are the dates our application will be heard,” said Chief Byron Louis, “We have received the municipalities’ and CN Rail’s response and are waiting to receive the responses of Canada and British Columbia to our statement of claim filed in March.”

The OKIB filed a statement of claim in BC Supreme Court on March 24 naming CN Rail, Canada, British Columbia, the District of Lake Country, the City of Kelowna and the Regional District of the North Okanagan as defendants, and asserting that approximately 22km of the nearly 50km rail corridor is not CN Rail’s to sell.

“The OKIB never legally surrendered the lands in question,” said Chief Louis.

Chief Louis reiterated a previous call for all right-minded individuals to put action to their words of support.

“Call your mayors, MPs and MLAs,” said Chief Louis, “When you learn about our case, the truth is hard, if not impossible to ignore.”

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

Just Posted

Rockets’ Pavel Novak cracks central scouting list for upcoming NHL draft

Novak is ranked No. 85 on NHL Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters

YMCA Okanagan offers care for children of essential service workers

Priority will be given to children aged 5 to 12 years old

Kelowna Rotary Club donates $50,000 for youth treatment program

The donation will support The Bridge’s Okanagan youth Recovery House project

Pink supermoon lights up night sky in North Okanagan-Shuswap

Largest and brightest full moon of the year was most visible on April 7

WATCH: Kelowna country singer serenades Predator Ridge residents

Melissa Livingstone wanted to help spread joy through music

UPDATE: Canadians awake to extra COVID-19 emergency benefit money, feds clarify changes

The CRA and federal officials are working to clarify the confusion around payments

COVID-19: B.C. students describe life during pandemic

Most teens wonder what the future will be like after COVID-19

Easter Bunny added to B.C.’s list of essential workers

Premier John Horgan authorizes bunny to spread “eggs-ellent cheer” throughout province

COVID-19 self-isolation plan or quarantine, returning B.C. residents told

Premier John Horgan says forms must be filled out by travellers

Major crimes investigating sudden death of North Okanagan child

The 8 year old was flown to Kelowna General Hospital and died hours later

More than 400 animals have been adopted amid pandemic: B.C. SPCA

People are taking this time of social distancing to find a loyal companion through the animal welfare group

Appointments available at Summerland after hours clinic

Telephone and video communications will be provided during COVID-19 pandemic

Fire on evening of April 7 reported near Pyramid Provincial Park

A small wildfire near Pyramid Provincial Park south of Summerland is under… Continue reading

Most Read