June 26th, 2017

Blood Tribe Trespass bylaw in effect today


By Kuhl, Nick on May 13, 2017.

Lethbridge Herald

The Blood Tribe Trespass bylaw comes into effect today.

“This brings about changes to how the Blood Tribe will deal with trespassing on the reserve,” officials said in a release Friday.

On Monday, chief and council will meet with the media to clarify many of the questions being asked by those being affected by the bylaw.

The bylaw gives authorities the right to remove anyone caught on the reserve without permission. It was originally drafted in an effort to curtail the impact of fentanyl and other drug-related activities on the Blood Reserve.

The regulations would establish a system of issuing permits providing individuals and businesses with proof required to show they have authorization to be on the Blood Reserve for specific purposes. Blood Tribe members would not be required to hold a permit.

Non-members could apply for residency permits, including spouses and children of Blood Tribe members who are not members themselves; or entry permits, which could be applied for on an annual, seasonal, specific or day purpose for non-Blood Tribe members conducting lawful business on the Blood Reserve.

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