Penticton Indian Band reinstates support for Boonstock

Penticton Indian Band Chief Jonathan Kruger spoke to the media Tuesday afternoon about Boonstock.

PENTICTON - The Penticton Indian Band has retracted a statement that was accidentally released earlier today withdrawing their support for Boonstock Music and Arts Festival this weekend. Chief Jonathan Kruger said organizers have now met all the band's requirements and they will continue to support the festival.

Organizers had not yet provided the $200,000 bill for additional RCMP required for the event, however Kruger said those requirements were fullfilled at noon today.

A special chief and council meeting was held today with Boonstock organizers and everything is on track again, he said.

"Council was worried about the safety," he said. "This is going to be the most secured concert probably in the history of British Columbia, I was told."

Kruger has not been very involved in the process because of a personal investment in the land, but said he is aware of communication issues with the band and organizers.

As for the issue of the festival's liquor license, Kruger said the fact that there's a sanctioned crowd will help keep people in line and not trash band lands.

Festival attendees can bring outside alcohol into the campground to drink at their own campsite, but cannot bring alcohol into the open concert area, Boonstock organizers said on their official Facebook page this afternoon. 

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