On the same day as the band announced the removal of Garry Reece as mayor, protesters targeted Lax Kw’alaams band offices both in the community and in Prince Rupert.
Photographs sent to the Northern View show boards being put up outside the offices in Lax Kw’alaams, with one board being spraypainted warning “If entered you will be penalized”. One of the approximately 10 protestors in attendance at the Prince Rupert office yesterday indicated the office will be kept closed “until further notice”.
And while the photos show RCMP in attendance as boards were being erected in Lax Kw’alaams, Prince Rupert RCMP spokesperson Matt Ericson said there has been no formal complaint made.
“At this point we don’t have any involvement, other than our regular presence in the community, but we are monitoring the situation,” he said.
“Nothing has been formalized or brought to our attention.”
Calls to John Helin, who is listed as Lax Kw’alaams Mayor on the band’s website, were not immediately returned.