Shuswap Band opposes sale of Panorama Ski Resort

    INVERMERE, BC, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - The Shuswap Indian Band ("Shuswap") said
today that they directly oppose any transfer of any Crown licenses, leases,
permits, or tenures issued to Intrawest by the Crown with respect to the
operation of Panorama, until such time as historic and ongoing damage to their
land rights have been addressed.
    "The Crown breached its duty to consult and accommodate the Shuswap
Indian Band when the Crown initially granted licenses, permits, and approvals
under a Master Development Agreement when they initially set up the Resort,"
said Chief Paul Sam.
    The Shuswap assert a duty to consult and accommodate the Shuswap Indian
Band with respect to the ongoing operation as well as the transfer/sale of
Panorama Resort operated upon and within the Shuswap Traditional Territory and
trap-line areas. The Shuswap also assert that the Crown has a continued duty
to consult with the Shuswap in dealings associated with Crown approvals
operated as Panorama Resort, and confirm that if the Crown proceeds with
approvals or consents associated with transferring Panorama Resort in the
absence of fulfilling the past and continued duty to consult the Shuswap, the
Crown will perpetuate the impacts on the Shuswap and the infringement.
    "The Crown cannot be allowed to perpetuate an historic and ongoing breach
of the duty to consult the Shuswap. They must address these past infringements
before moving forward to designing and engaging in a direct and meaningful
consultation and accommodation process with respect to Intrawest's proposed
transfer/sale of Panorama," said Shuswap Chief, Paul Sam.
    Panorama lies within the traditional territory of the Shuswap Indian Band
and has suffered significant impacts on the rights and title of the Shuswap,
including, significantly disrupting the Shuswap's preferred use of their
traditional territory. Panorama is operated upon land that is situated
directly within and upon the trap-lines area of the Shuswap.
    "We are currently seeking legal advice from our legal counsel to
determine what actions we may take against the Crown for past infringements of
our aboriginal rights and title with respect to the operation of Panorama
Resort on our traditional territory," said Shuswap Chief, Paul Sam.
    In a recent letter to the Province, Chief Paul Sam stated "Until historic
and ongoing infringements of their aboriginal rights, title and interests have
been adequately addressed and the duty to consult fulfilled, it is necessary
to withhold our consent to the transfer of Panorama by Intrawest until this
has been completed."

    The Shuswap Indian Band is part of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation of 17
bands that are located in the interior of the Province of British Columbia,
extending from the Rocky Mountains on the east and from the upper Fraser River
in the north to the Arrow Lakes and Columbia River drainage to the west and

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For further information: Dean Martin, Kinbasket Group of Companies,
Invermere, BC, Business Office: (250) 341-3678

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