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Removal Recommendations for Flood Prevention Sandbags

June 22nd, 2017

The Provincial Regional Emergency Operation Centre (PREOC) is leading the Province’s recovery actions.

The Emergency Management BC’s (EMBC) Interim Provincial of Sandbags Policy, which was distributed to Local Governments (includes local authorities, First Nation communities and their respective Band Councils) on June 17 provides the following information:

  • For the 2017 Runoff Season, sandbag disposal will be considered a Local Government response activity;
  • For the 2017 Runoff Season, the Province will reimburse local government’s (LG) for costs related to the removal and disposal of sandbags as a response activity;
  • Sandbags should be disposed of as directed by the local governments.
  • General guidelines to supplement LG directions for the disposal of sandbags are provided including:
    • In accordance with the Water Sustainability Act (WSA), sand from sandbags (including uncontaminated sand) must not be placed directly into, or adjacent to, streams, lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, springs, ravings, gulches, wetlands or glaciers (whether or not they contain water or ice);
    • LGs may contact the appropriate FLNRO Regional Operations Office to obtain more information about interpretation of the WSA.
  • In addition, the Advanced Planning Unit of PREOC is distributing Okanagan Basin habitat maps for lake edge kokanee, rocky mountain ridge mussels & painted turtle to aid recovery operation avoidance of these area (minimize site disturbance) as Agencies send in requests.

FURTHER FOLLOW-UP:

The Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) is currently providing the following information. The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS) is distributing similar details. It appears that most local governments are organizing removal of sandbags from public and private lands within their jurisdictions at no cost to residences and that these costs will be covered by the Province. Both reiterate the Provincial Policy that sandbags are not to be emptied on beaches or in streams.

https://www.cordemergency.ca/updates/repositioning-and-removal-flood-protection-measures-news-release-108-fri-2017-06-16-1519

http://www.rdos.bc.ca/news-events/eoc/current-eoc/


Happy National Aboriginal Day! Ways to Celebrate

June 21st, 2017

There are many ways to celebrate Syilx pride or show support this National Aboriginal Day. Events and Celebrations include: Okanagan Indian Band: https://okib.ca/calendar/event/aboriginal-day-celebration-1 En’owkin Centre: http://www.castanet.net/news/Penticton/199421/Aboriginal-Day-this-week#.WUgyikvs3mc.email Kelowna Friendship Center: http://www.kfs.bc.ca/news-events-2/national-aboriginal-day  

Fish Water Management Tool (FWMT) & Okanagan Lake Levels FAQ

June 16th, 2017

It was recently reported that Okanagan Lake water level was not lowered sooner due to the decision to protect fish stocks (Global News, June 9, 2017). Unfortunately this position is out of context and missing key information, particularly in regards to the use of the Fish Water Management Tool in current Okanagan water management. Fish […]

Ceremonies Integral to Returning Salmon to the Columbia Region

June 15th, 2017

Westbank, BC Syilx Okanagan Territory: From June 15-20th, 2017, a series of five Salmon Ceremonies will take place throughout the Columbia Basin. These Salmon Ceremonies empower Syilx Okanagan people throughout the Territory, providing the opportunity to both honor their ancestors and continue to conduct ceremony for the successful return of the salmon. All locations are […]

Okanagan Nation Continue Bringing Home Salmon to Okanagan Lake

June 6th, 2017

Okanagan Nation Territory (Westbank, British Columbia): Starting June 6, 2017, the Okanagan Nation Alliance’s (ONA) kł cp̓əlk̓ stim̓  Hatchery will be providing sockeye salmon fry for releases taking place at 6 Mile Creek, Trout Creek, and Mission Creek. The releases of 230,000 fry are in recognition and celebration of the Syilx peoples’ continued successful efforts […]

2017 Okanagan Nation Sockeye Salmon Fry Release

May 17th, 2017

WHEN: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017. 9:30am – 11:00am WHERE: Penticton Channel, off Hwy 97 & Green Mountain Road, Penticton, BC. Please drive slowly. Parking will be available along the left side of the Dyke and behind the Save on Gas station. Due to higher than normal water levels we are asking people to be particularly […]

Okanagan Nation Alliance’s Annual Spirit of Syilx Youth Unity Run

May 10th, 2017

WHAT: The Annual Spirit of Syilx Youth Unity Run will begin at Blanket Creek Provincial Park, heading north to Revelstoke, on to and around BC Hydro’s Mica Dam. In total the Run will go through 309 km of the Okanagan Territory, ending at Martha Creek Provincial Park. We are estimating around 120 Syilx youth to […]

A Statement from Friends & Family in Regards to the Roxanne Louie Verdict

April 8th, 2017

First, we want to thank our communities within the Okanagan for their continued support. Specifically, we want to thank those who came forward with information when Roxanne first went missing. Thank you to all those who showed their support during the “Prayer Walk” while Roxanne was still missing. We believe the added pressure from community support finally drove the Robotti’s to confess their crime. Thank you to everyone who organized and attended rallies at the Penticton courthouse during the bail hearing and preliminary hearing. Thank you to all the organizers of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s annual vigil on February 14th. Additional thanks to the UBCO Women’s Resource Centre for holding Tea Talks on Missing and Murdered Indigenous women. These events are crucial for raising awareness and empowering Indigenous voices. Additional thanks to the Osoyoos Indian Band and the Okanagan Nation Transition Emergency House (ONTAH). Also, special thanks to Okanagan Nation Alliance emergency response team for their support throughout the trial.

Verdict Provides Initial Steps Forward for Family and Community

April 7th, 2017

Okanagan Nation Territory/Westbank BC: The Louie and Hall family have endured years of arduous judicial processes and litigation in regards to the murder trial of Roxanne Louie, yet in the face of these challenges they have found the strength and resiliency to persevere. Justice here is found in both the verdict, as well as in […]