2 First Nations 'shutting down' Joffre Lakes access for more than a month to allow for harvest celebrations

The Líl̓wat Nation and N’Quatqua First Nation are “shutting down” access to one of the most popular parks in B.C. for more than a month, according to a Wednesday statement from the nations.

The two First Nations say the closure of Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, known as Pipi7iyekw, will allow for a harvest celebration on their shared and overlapping traditional territories.

The park will re-open on National Truth and Reconciliation Day on Sept. 30, according to the nations.

“(We) are asserting our Title and Rights to our shared unceded territory to take this time to harvest and gather our resources within our territories,” said a statement signed by Chiefs Kukwpi Skalúlmecw Dean Nelson and Kukwpi Micah Thevarge. 

“We are

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