01/19/2015 02:06 EST | Updated 03/21/2015 05:59 EDT

Stop signs in First Nation's language hit snag in Kamloops

A councillor for the City of Kamloops has been forced to put the brakes on a proposal to add the Tk'emlups language —  Secepemc — to stop signs in the city.

Stop signs on the Tk'emlups Indian Reserve are already bilingual, with the the Secepemc word for stop, estil, on each sign.

City Councillor Donovan Cavers thought it would be nice to include both languages on city signs as well.

"I thought it would be interesting to pursue to idea of doing that in our community as well just to see and express and bring more awareness of the First Nations culture to everyone in the community," he told Daybreak Kamloops.

Cavers brought the idea to city council late last year, asking staff to do a report on the feasibility.

That report will be presented at tomorrow's city council meeting — showing it legally can't be done.

According to the staff report, the design of stop signs falls under the provincial Motor Vehicle Act, so the city has no jurisdiction to change them.

Cavers said he plans to ask staff to look at how the signs on the reserve have been able to display the Secepemc language despite the provincial standards for stop sign design.