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Hope is Queen will pressure Ottawa IMAGE CAPTION: Chief Vern Jacks, of the Tseycum First Nation, holds a letter outlining his concerns over native rights that he’ll present to Queen Elizabeth when the monarch lands in Victoria this afternoon. “A dominant society that does not respect or acknowledge our history,” the letter states. “Our youths feel alienated because there still exists the discrimination that was afflicted on our people by the arrival of the first Europeans.” The Queen and Prince Philip begin their Canadian tour today. After several hours in Nunavut, Canada’s newest territory, they will land at a Canadian [...]
What are your thoughts on the Douglas Treaty? Let us know through this survey by clicking the button below: Survey Transcript ÍY SȻÁĆEL E TIÁ ÁNEȻ W̱EM,LEŚELWET TŦE NE SNÁ ĆSE AȽE SEN EṮ W̱SÁNEĆ My English name is Hannah is, and my W̱ILṈEW̱ SNÁ is W̱EM,LEŚELWET and I'm a direct descendant of the Douglas Treaty. What do you think to hunt & fish meant to our ancestors? I think to hunt and fish for my ancestors was a way of life. It was a way of being, and it was how we took care of our people, [...]
What are your thoughts on the Douglas Treaty? Let us know through this survey by clicking the button below: Survey Transcript ÍY, SȻÁĆEL Joni Olson TŦE NE SNÁ. Tsartlip First Nation is my home community. I am a W̱SÁNEĆ person. My name is Joni Olson. I work at the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council, but hopefully we'll just be answering the questions today, as per who I am as a W̱SÁNEĆ woman. HÍSW̱ḴE What does to hunt and fish as formerly mean to our ancestors? To me it means to care for the environment in which the animals that we [...]
What are your thoughts on the Douglas Treaty? Let us know through this survey by clicking the button below: Survey Transcript ÍY, SȻÁĆEL SIÁM ĆSE ÁȽE S[SNÁ] TŦE NE SNÁ EN EṮ W̱JOȽEȽP] Good day, my name is Joe Seward. I'm Tsartlip council, my traditional name is ŦḴOTEĆTEN and I come from here in the Tsartlip village. Do you think that the Douglas Treaty should have economic rights in a modern context? I definitely think there should be some sort of benefit or compensation to our people for the loss of land use. Our identity as W̱SÁNEĆ people [...]
This September 30th, Canada observes the first annual day of acknowledgement of the harms caused by colonization, honouring the lives that were lost and those that were irreversibly impacted by the residential school system. On this day, the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council encourages every settler to take meaningful action towards reconciliation. Artwork by Kayla Bellerose Following the delivery of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which recommended 94 calls to action, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “The burden of this experience has been on your shoulders for far too long. The burden is properly ours as [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]