Here’s the shore of Okanagan Lake in Vernon. Everything between the creek in the middle of the image and the green lawn in the foreground is part of Priest Valley Indian Reserve #6.
It is part of the Okanagan Indian Band Lands at the end of the next arm of the lake, separated by many miles of expropriated land. That’s history, but what is this? History in the making?
Land for the birds, at any rate. The really interesting question, though, is: Who does the new land belong to? The area with the blue arrow could be said to belong to the homeowner who lost a beach to it. But the one marked by the green arrow? Off the coast of Priest Valley Reserve #6?
Is that new Indian Band land? Note how the whole beach area is silting up. It will all be filled in soon. Or does the new land belong to the City of Vernon, because it’s road sand that city work crews have dumped, mixed with snow, just upstream before the creek moves it all down to the lake? Might Canada be in the business of creating new land for Indigenous people?