Penticton Indian Band dispute protest settled, for now

Judge warns permanent injunction may be applied if PIB offices are occupied again

The Penticton Indian Band and a group of protestors were in and out of court quickly today.

The case, involving protesters who occupied the Penticton Indian Band office last week was adjourned quickly after it came before Justice Patrice Abrioux in B.C. Supreme Court in Penticton Wednesday morning.

Related: Two sides in Penticton Indian Band dispute back in court Wednesday

Steve Schwartz, representing the band administration, moved to adjourn the case, saying the protestors had abided by an injunction obtained by the band last week in Kelowna at the Supreme Court of Canada.

“The blockade is down. It has not been back up,” said Schwarz.

Abrioux said the court order that was in effect as of Friday has now ended, but added that the case could proceed if the band office property is occupied again.

Related: Tensions mounting at Penticton Indian Band office occupation

“The result may well be an order that does not expire,” he said.

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