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Booklet 7 -Kitsumkalum Access

Under the Canadian Constitution, the Province owns public lands (also referred to as Crown Lands) in BC and the Province cannot deny access to public lands. Kitsumkalum will be self-governing once the Final Agreement is effective, and will remain part of BC. The purpose of the Access Chapter is to establish rules of how the public can access Kitsumkalum Lands in the same way that the access Crown Lands.

Members of the public can still access Kitsumkalum Public Lands for temporary or recreational purposes, but cannot take resources from Kitsumkalum Lands or cause damage or be a nuisance. Logging companies, trapline holders, commercial recreation companies and property owners next to Kitsumkalum Lands can still access their area of work or property.

Existing Interests, such as leases and right-of-ways, on Kitsumkalum Lands will continue to have the same access they have now. 

Kitsumkalum can change Kitsumkalum public lands into Kitsumkalum private lands, such as residential areas, parks, heritage sites, and commercial areas.

Employees and representatives of the government and utlitiy companies can access Kitsumkalum Lands (public or private) to ensure various programs and services continue, such as electricitiy, hot water, or law enforcement.

Kitsumkalum Access to Crown Lands

Agents, employees, contractors, and representatives of the Kitsumkalum Government will have the same access to Crown Lands, as BC and Canada will have to Kitsumkalum Lands.

Kitsumkalum members will continue to have the right to access Crown Lands like any other member of the public.

The Kitsumkalum Government will have the authority to make laws related to public access for:

  • public safety, such as discharging fire arms near residences;
  • prevention of harvesting or extracting of resources ownded by Kitsumkalum, such as cutting firewood or picking mushrooms;
  • prevention of nuisance or damage, including forest fire prevention, such as campfire restrictions during dry periods and litter; and
  • protection of sensitive habitat, such as restricting motor vehicles from wetlands.

Administration and Policy

Kitsumkalum can establish a permit system to control public access on their lands. They may want to do so to monitor and regulate access. Enforcement of Kitsumkalum laws related to public access is still being negotiated.