Protesters in Grace Islet row given month to prepare case Judge delays decision on owner’s application for no-trespassing order The owner of Grace Islet, where a home is being built over a First Nations burial site, asked a B.C. Supreme Court judge Tuesday to issue a no-trespassing order to keep protesters away. But the judge said the issue, in which local politicians and First Nations chiefs have joined protesters, could be more complicated than trespassing and deserved more time for preparation of legal arguments and research of aboriginal rights. “[The issue] may be as simple as the plaintiff says it [...]
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Indians challenging plans for Tod Inlet Traditional native Indian hunting and fishing rights will be affected by a massive resort Sam Bawlf plans near Tod Inlet at Brentwood Bay, says Tsartlip Band councillor Philip Paul. Central Saanich council will hold a public meeting Oct. 8 to consider the proposal. “We’ve never really challenged the fact that when we lose something because of development there should be some compensation, but we now intend doing that,” Paul said in an interview Tuesday. “Our people were given fishing and hunting rights on the peninsula by treaties signed years ago,” he said. The head [...]
Master Paddler, Tsartlip Member Len Morris Inducted into Canadian Outrigger Hall of Fame Len Morris of the Geronimo Canoe Club has been inducted into the Canadian Outrigger Hall of Fame for “Significant and Exemplary Contributions” to Canadian outrigger canoeing. Len Morris, shown above, with several members of the Geronimo Canoe club. According to the Canadian Outrigger Racing Association, “As a Masters 40+ paddler, Len Jr. has already realized a remarkable set of accomplishments that will only continue with each passing year. This is long overdue recognition not only for Len Jr., but also for the unheralded achievements of [...]
What are your thoughts on the Douglas Treaty? Let us know through this survey by clicking the button below: Survey Transcript My name is Verta Elsworth. I am from the W̱JOȽEȽP as Tsartlip, but our First Nations phrase is W̱JOȽEȽP, land of the maples, born and raised here. My traditional name is WILṈEW̱ SNÁ and who am I? I'm a wife of almost 40 years. I have six children and seven grandchildren. What does to hunt and fish as formerly mean to you? When the treaty was signed in 1850, it certainly changed because our land was what [...]
What are your thoughts on the Douglas Treaty? Let us know through this survey by clicking the button below: Survey Transcript My English name is Simon Smith Junior. My W̱ILṈEW̱ name is KwaliKen and I'm from Tsartlip. What do you think to hunt and fish as formerly meant to our ancestors? They were thinking about them at the time, but they were also thinking about the generations to come. They wanted their hunting to be carried on as the way it is, as formerly, but it changes as the years go on. We adapted our hunting practices along [...]
Opportunity for W̱SÁNEĆ Hunters: SḰŦÁMEN QENÁȽ,ENEȻ SĆȺ Project We are seeking individuals to help recover meat to be shared with W̱SÁNEĆ communities as part of the SḰŦÁMEN QENÁȽ,ENEȻ SĆȺ (Taking Care of Sidney Island) project, specifically the eradication of fallow deer from SḰŦÁMEN (Sidney Island). Duties: Work with Parks Canada staff to find, recover, and field dress deer carcasses Harvesters will not be shooting deer. Recover and prepare carcasses for butchering before the meat is distributed within the community. Training will be provided Oct 12 and Oct 13 by knowledge holders and First Nations Health Authority. Dates: Oct 12 [...]
This time of year is traditionally known as ĆENQOLEW ĆENQOLEW NIȽ ŚW̱TUOs TÁĆEL TŦE QOLEW̱E TIÁ, ȽḴÁLJ. ȻȽ ENÁ, QENETES TŦE STOLU ŚW̱LÁEs SE Ȼs SÁȻES TŦE ḴELEXs. I U TUE EMNIEṈ TŦEN QEȽ W̱ILṈEW̱ṮELÁEṈ E TŦE SMÍEŦ I TŦE ṈIED. ŚELṈESTÁLs E TŦE ÁYET. NIȽ U HOI OL I ȽȻOUES TŦE QOLEW̱ȻE ENÁs JÁN U HOI OL ÍY S,ŚÁMENEȽ EN SU ÁLET TŦEN SKELOEṈ EN SȻÁ TW̱TIÁ, ĆENȾOȽEṈ. TES E TIÁ, SU YÁ’s TŦEN SĆÁLEĆE ȽEMEȾEṈ E TŦE ḰEMĆOLS LÁE EṮ PELḰȾÁEṈ. NIȽ LEPLIT ȽTE TŦE ŚNÁEM HO NI TŦE SQȺ U STÁṈ EN SU ḰÁNES TŦE [...]
Tribal Journeys Resumes After a Three Year Hiatus After a three-year COVID-related hiatus, Tribal Journeys resumed this year, culminating in a week of cultural protocol at Muckleshoot. (Shown above, paddlers arriving at Muckleshoot) The W̱SÁNEĆ Nation was one of 80 communities that paddled to Muckleshoot for a week of 24/7 cultural protocol this summer. 120 canoe families joined from as far as Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand, and Japan. Participants paddled for days and, in some circumstances, weeks to reach Muckleshoot, stopping to visit many communities along the way. For over 60 canoes, one such stop was Tsawout Spit, [...]
Less Bias Asked On Marina Study Both federal and provincial governments have been asked to hold up approval permits for the planned Saanichton Bay Marina, a department of Indian Affairs official said today. Clarence Riach, economic development officer for the south Vancouver Island Indian Affairs district, told the Times letters have been sent to both levels of government asking that no approval be given until additional studies are done on the impact of the marina on the Tsawout Indian Band, adjacent to the proposed marina. “It’s our feeling that the Indian interests have not really been dealt with in enough [...]
Times Colonist (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) · Mon, Sep 10, 1990 500 rally against Tod Inlet Proposal By Kim Westad Times-Colonist staff Led by the chanting of native Indian spiritual songs and the strains of bagpipes, about 500 people converged at Tod Inlet on Sunday to voice concern about a planned luxury development on the land. Native speakers and representatives from the Citizens Association to Save the Environment said they would work together to stop the luxury hotel, marina, golf course, condominium and townhouse complex slated for the shores of the waterway, an inlet off Brentwood Bay. “At this point [...]