Tribal Council seeks answers on REC Centre governance

How will the St’at’imc be involved in the future ownership, governance and/or operation of the Lillooet REC Centre?

That question was posed by Chief Darrell Bob, Vice Chair of the Lillooet Tribal Council, in a letter to Mayor Marg Lampman.

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Chief Bob’s letter says the Tribal Council “seeks clarification” on how the District of Lillooet prefers to proceed concerning St’at’imc involvement. He notes that the Tribal Council has had informal discussions with the District and now wants to focus the discussions on St’at’imc involvement “to better understand what roles we may be invited to undertake.”

His letter outlines three possible scenarios:

-       The District of Lillooet continues to own and govern the REC Centre, with the St’at’imc remaining as an interested user group

-       The District of Lillooet and St’at’imc form a joint entity and share ownership and governance of the facility.

-       The St’at’imc assume ownership and governance of the REC Centre, working with the municipality as an interested user.

Chief Bob’s letter suggests there may be a fourth scenario that has not been considered.

“We see the need to hear from DoL concerning your vision for this facility, so we can do our own planning and analysis, and effectively respond,” stated Bob.

 Mayor Marg Lampman commented that staff would be bringing forward recommendations for council’s consideration and once council has completed its review, it will convene a meeting with the LTC before making a final decision.

Councillor John Courchesne suggested Chief Bob’s letter should be forwarded to the REC Centre advisory committee and sub-committee for their input.

Mayor Lampman replied, “It would be for information purposes only. Governance of the REC Centre is council’s responsibility.”

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