Dog control will now be available for residents in the Indian Beach Estates area on the reserve.

At their regular Kootenay East Regional Hospital District (KERHD) meeting held at the Regional District of East Kootenay’s (RDEK) office in Cranbrook on Aug. 7, the existing three-party service agreement held with Akisqnuk First Nation was amended to include dog control on leased lands on the reserve until Dec. 31, 2022.

“We’ve got a service agreement with them that covers a number of services, and dog control hadn’t been included in it in the past,” said Shawn Tomlin, RDEK chief administrative officer after the meeting. “It was actually added in April, but it wasn’t formalized until this meeting when the hospital district board signed off.”

Akisqnuk First Nation former Chief Alfred Joseph had formalized the agreement with KERHD and RDEK when he signed the amended agreement on May 7, 2020.

However, the amended agreement for dog control currently excludes service for the Akisqnuk First Nation band office and its member’s housing. That means the dog control contractor, who currently serves RDEK, will now respond to phone calls in the leased land on the reserve, which primarily includes the Indian Beach Estates in Windermere.