McLeod stands with MLAs against First Nations claim

By James Peters
January 22, 2016 - 11:48am

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod is calling on the Trudeau government to stand with the province of BC in opposing the First Nations land claim on the Ajax mine property.

McLeod says she believes, as Kamloops MLAs Todd Stone and Terry Lake said earlier this week, the claim threatens private property ownership in the Kamloops area.

"We have a long way to go in terms of settling issues around land with our First Nations communities, but we need to ensure that people have the confidence that private property is protected, and that we are going to stand up in terms of that particular issue," said McLeod. 

Skeetchestn Indian Band Chief Ron Ignace told CFJC Today this week that the bands are chiefly concerned with the Jacko Lake property proposed for the Ajax copper-gold mine.

But McLeod responded saying if that was the bands' intention, they should have made it more clear in the court filing.

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