The occupation of the Seabird Island band office by approximately 30 members of the so-called Committee for the Betterment of Seabird Island ended Tuesday evening after the group met with the chief and council.
Spokesperson Fred Price told the Times that former lieutenant governor of B.C. Steven Point was going to act as a mediator between the band council and the committee.
Monday morning, the group took over the band office and refused entry to administrative staff, elected councillors or Chief Clem Seymour.
"We ended the protest yesterday," Price said Wednesday, adding, when asked if he was satisfied.
"So far it seems to be going good." While the band office occupation is over, and the group seems to want to engage in dialogue with band council, the damage has been done, according to Sto:lo Tribal Council president Grand Chief Doug Kelly.
Kelly told the Times that the accusations made by Price have no substance. He added that there seems to be at least an element of sour grapes from Price, who finished 15th out of 27 candidates for the nine positions on band council in March of this year.
"This is an inappropriate way of campaigning for the next election," Kelly said. "If you want to earn the support of citizens, you don't attack the ones that are there now."
He said that the allegations made by Price's group are unfair, and that both Seymour and band manager Daryl McNeil are committed to the community.
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