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“You had conversations with Daniel, our administrator, and he
hasn’t had a conversation specifically with us at the council table, or with
the community,” she said.
“We put out a survey that got 23 responses, and the responses
didn’t specifically say that we’re all gung-ho on it. He kind of put a positive
spin on it without letting us review the surveys with him, and without asking
Bourbonnais then said that he had spoken with Sailland as well
as Greg Bikadi, president of the Lil’wat Business Corporation, and Lyle Leo,
former lead negotiator with the Lil’wat Nation. He also said he would be coming to
Mount Currie council on Sept. 23.
Dick then said he should speak with the Lil’wat Nation before
he submits another non-farm use application to the Agricultural Land Commission
to hold the festival on the same site next year. Scattered applause followed Dick’s
In August it was revealed that a new location may need to be
found for the Pemberton Festival because the ALC only approved use of the farm
field site for one year. Colin Fry, executive director of the ALC, told
at the time that the agricultural authority has
“specifically refused” to have the festival on the same site in the future,
calling it some of the best agricultural land in the province.
Bourbonnais, however, said after last week’s meeting that
public opinion about the festival could likely to sway the ALC to allow it in
the same place if it happens next year. He also said that organizers would be
filing another non-farm use application to the ALC the following morning.
Reached at his office on Monday afternoon, Fry did not confirm
whether public opinion could sway the commission one way or the other, adding
that the ALC has not yet received any further applications from festival
“All I can say is that the commission has not seen the matter
before them,” he said. “There’s no application, so speculating the outcome
would be inappropriate.”
Fry also said that an application to the ALC for a site in
Pemberton must first go through the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District before
reaching the commission.
Most other comments at the meeting heaped praise upon the
festival and the impact it has had on Pemberton.
Rod MacLeo said he feels like a “rockstar” when he hears his