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RDCK’s Sinixt motion unprecedented, author says

A Nelson author who has written extensively about the Sinixt First Nation is applauding a Regional District of Central Kootenay motion.

The resolution adopted last week by the board calls on Ottawa to admit that declaring the tribe extinct in the 1950s was a mistake.

Eileen Delehanty Pearkes says it’s the first time any local government has taken such a position.

She says it’s an important step in reconciliation for local indigenous people.

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The motion was passed after the federal government asked the RDCK to support turning a 1.9-hectare property at Fauquier into a Westbank First Nation reserve.

The Westbank obtained the property in a land swap with the government and say they only plan to use it as a private campground.

However, Fauquier is within Sinixt traditional territory.

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