Town of Vernon Transfers Copyright of Legendary Ogopogo to Indigenous Nations of British Columbia – .

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Town of Vernon Transfers Copyright of Legendary Ogopogo to Indigenous Nations of British Columbia – .


The legal rights to the legendary creature of a British Columbia lake have been transferred to an alliance of Indigenous nations who claim the Ogopogo has always been part of their spiritual teachings.

Vernon, Okanagan City Council members voted unanimously to transfer the copyright of Ogopogo that it has held for 65 years to the eight members of the Okanagan Nation Alliance.

Ogopogo means “spirit of the lake” in the Syilx language of the covenant.

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“It makes sense,” Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming said in an interview. “The story comes from the Okanagan Syilx people and it makes sense that they own the copyright and not the town of Vernon. “

For $ 1, the board voted to assign and transfer to the Okanagan Nation Alliance all copyright, title, interest and property, including trademark rights arising from commercial and non-commercial use of the name. Ogopogo.

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The vote took place on Tuesday as council learned that the process had been the subject of extensive legal consultation with the city and ONA.

Cumming said the city never used the name for economic purposes, but twice granted permission to use it in children’s books.









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Okanagan Indian Band Chief Byron Louis was not available for comment, but Okanagan Nation Alliance administrator Pauline Terbasket, who signed the copyright documents, said the transfer was “important” to the nation.

Councils representing Vernon and the Okanagan Indian Band meet monthly to discuss issues between the two governments, the mayor said.

“There’s a lot to say, and we’re forming an increasingly strong institutional relationship and things like this make sense right now,” Cumming said.

Aboriginal legend says that Ogopogo inhabits Okanagan Lake, which, 135 kilometers long and over 230 meters deep, touches the towns of Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon.

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Tourism Kelowna says on its website that the stories of a lake creature date back thousands of years to indigenous people in the area who spoke of N’ha-a-itk, the spirit of the lake.

“The stories of N’ha-a-itk have changed over the years as European settlers turned the stories they heard into a creature, which later became known as Ogopogo and the alleged sightings over the years continue to strengthen its legend, ”the website says.

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“Even if you change the name, it’s still the same story behind it,” Okanagan Indian Band Chief Byron Louis told Global News in March.

“The Syilx people are the only people who can really own and own this name or this story since it comes from nowhere other than us. “

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Tourism Kelowna says Ogopogo’s photos and sightings have so far been inconclusive.

A statue of a green serpent-like figure resembling what could be an Ogopogo is located in downtown Kelowna, near the shores of the lake.

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“Some say its head looks like a horse, while others say it looks like a reptile or a goat,” the website explains.

Vernon council agenda minutes indicate that the town obtained the copyright to Ogopogo in 1956 from local resident Arthur Gilbert Seabrook, who first registered the copyright in 1953.


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With files from Global News

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