The Williams Lake Band office has been occupied by a number of band members.
Kirk Dressler is speaking for the band, and says it’s believed four or five people occupied and barricaded themselves in the band office this morning.
Dressler says their only demand so far was to speak with Chief Ann Louie, but she’s currently out of the country for several weeks.
Other than that, they haven’t made any other demands.
Dressler says the occupation may be linked to a member of the band who was removed from a band owned residence last week after violating a number of conditions.
He says negotiations seem unlikely, and the band will look into a number of options.
Dressler says the people in the office are known in the community, and have disrupted a number of band initiatives.
He confirms some of the individuals occupying the office were also involved in disrupting the BC Treaty AIP vote that took place earlier this year, and that one person has been identified as the same who smashed a ballot box.
No threats of violence have been made, and RCMP are on hand to maintain safety, though Dressler says the community is in shock.