Ferry dispute makes it difficult for travel

The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is urging all B.C. First Nations to engage in direct action to support the Lytton band over a ferry dispute that has made it difficult for members to cross the Fraser River.


The organization made the request yesterday, asking bands to organize a letter campaign to the provincial government.


If the situation escalates, the union is calling for more strident action.


“We request that First Nations organize solidarity actions such as demonstrations, rallies or road closures in their respective territories,” the organization said in a news release.


Approximately 400 Lytton First Nation members depend on the now scaled-back ferry service to cross into Lytton Village for employment, medical appointments and groceries. Members have resorted to crossing a railway trestle.

The First Nations Summit has called on the provincial government to respond quickly and resolve the labour dispute between it and VSA Highway Maintenance, which operates the ferry.

Repeated calls to VSA weren’t returned.