As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Monica Lamb-Yorksi photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

FRENCH CONNECTION: WLFN holds high cards

Chief Sellars is offering to work with city council

The Williams Lake First Nations held the ribbon cutting ceremony for its cannabis farm-to-gate facility on Monday. I congratulate them and wish them well.

There is some tongue-wagging going on about this venture and as with any event or discussion, there are different sides to the story. With this project some of the stories are misleading. As city council is taking a public survey on the matter, it’s important that survey responders have the stories straight before giving an opinion. I’d expected to have a copy of that survey Monday, before writing this column, but was told it wouldn’t be available until later in the week.

One concern is that because city has no jurisdiction over reserve land, it won’t receive taxes, therefore the project will get city services free.

The thing is, WLFN is self-sufficient, it doesn’t need many city services. It has agreements with the RCMP for policing, with the 150 Mile Fire department for fire protection, and with the city for water and sewer.

Hydro is not a city service. There is the matter of maintenance on that small section of Mackenzie Avenue passing the reserve, but, if necessary, arrangements can be negotiated.

This one could be tricky because there is some reason to believe the road trespasses on the reserve land.

This land was never “given” to WLFN, it was somehow missed when the original settlers illegally pre-empted what is now the city.

The bottom line is WLFN holds the high cards in this game. Chief Sellars is offering to work with city council.

I hope Councillor Nelson’s attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony indicates the city will graciously accept the invitation for “cooperation and partnership.”

Diana French is a freelance columnist for the Tribune. She is a former Tribune editor, retired teacher, historian and book author.

Do you have a comment about this story? email:

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Williams Lake

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

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Evacuation order lifted for second Frizzi Road property

The order went into effect on April 26, 2020 due to high water flows in the river valley

Thousands of dollars in Indigenous art missing after Bella Coola break-in

Masks, prints and a hand painted canoe are just a few of the missing items

RCMP seek man facing sexual assault charges

Police believe he may be living on central Vancouver Island but also has a history in the Cariboo region

More rain in the forecast for Cariboo region

A risk of a thunderstorm for Tuesday afternoon

Cariboo vegetable farmer swamped by Fraser River flooding

Brianna van de Wijngaard was picking vegetables three feet below the water

Horrifying video shows near head-on collision on Trans Canada

The video was captured on dash cam along Highway 1

Fraser Valley woman complains of violent RCMP takedown during wellness check

Mounties respond that she was not co-operating during Mental Health Act apprehension

B.C. sees 12 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Three outbreaks exist in health-care settings

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

COVID-19: B.C. promotes video-activated services card

Mobile app allows easier video identity verification

ICBC to resume road tests in July with priority for rebookings, health-care workers

Tests have been on hold for four months due to COVID-19

Would you take a COVID-19 vaccine? Poll suggests most Canadians say yes

75 per cent of Canadians would agree to take a novel coronavirus vaccine

Budget officer pegs cost of basic income as calls for it grow due to COVID-19

Planned federal spending to date on pandemic-related aid now tops about $174 billion

Most Read