The Líl̓wat Nation is working to develop a Disorderly Conduct and Nuisances Bylaw to address issues that have been identified in the community.

The development of the Disorderly Conduct and Nuisances Bylaw is supported by the Land Management Board and Chiefs and Council. The bylaw will set out rules and regulations to promote a safe and healthy community.

This bylaw will apply to any person committing an act of disorderly conduct and any person who creates or causes a nuisance on reserve lands.

Some examples of disorderly conduct are:

  • fighting
  • using abusive language
  • being drunk
  • loitering
  • littering
  • possession of a controlled substance in a public area
  • having open liquor in a public area

Some examples of nuisances are:

  • the abandonment of cars
  • household appliances or furniture
  • the dumping or storage of tires, garbage, or other refuse
  • noise
  • the creation of noxious smells
  • vandalism
  • trespassing

Part of this bylaw development process will involve creating an effective, fair and consistent enforcement system. Enforcement primarily involves educating people about the bylaw and handing out warnings. If warnings are continuously ignored, fines can be issued.

The procedure for the development of bylaws is outlined in the Líl̓wat Land Law. This involves three readings:

  1. First Reading: Acceptance in Principle (complete)
    Council considers the draft bylaw and, by motion, accepts the bylaw in principle, rejects the bylaw, or requests further changes.
  2. Second Reading: Special Citizenship Meeting (to occur in early 2018)
    A community meeting is held where the draft law will be explained. Citizens may ask questions and provide comments.
  3. Third Reading: Enactment of Law

Considering the comments received from citizens, the needs of the community, and other relevant matters, a final draft law will be prepared and considered for enactment at a Council meeting.

For more information, to request a copy of the draft bylaw, or to provide feedback, please contact:

Julia Poetschke
On Reserve Lands Officer