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Tk’emlúps close beach access on First Nation land due to feces, used needles and public safety

One of the signs at Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc riverfront land.
August 26, 2016 - 5:11 PM

KAMLOOPS - Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc has erected ‘No Trespassing’ signs along band waterfront after misuse of the land by beach users.

Feces, used needles and garbage have been found along the riverfront, according to a press release from the First Nation. Concern for public safety has led Tk'emlúps leaders to close the land off, Chief Fred Seymour says in the release.

“We made this decision for the public health and safety of anyone who could be at one of our beaches regardless of where they live or are affiliated with,” Seymour says in the release.

In the release Seymour stresses the importance of public safety and the First Nation’s responsibility to the public and land.

“We will continue to move forward, seeking out solutions, gathering input from our membership, as well, the Kamloops municipal government, who face similar challenges,” he says in the release.

The areas with ‘No Trespassing’ signs include the beach near the Red Bridge across the South Thompson River from Pioneer Park. The RCMP and First Nation are working together on the issue, according to the release.

Seymour also says he’s disappointed in a recent article about the issue by a local newspaper, calling it “sensationalism.”

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