Christy Clark: Govt ready to embrace Tsilhqot’in case, Aboriginal title – Chiefs cautiously optimistic
Video of the historic meeting between the premier of BC and First Nations leaders – featuring Christy Clark, Chief Roger William and Grand Chiefs Ed John and Stewart Phillip.
Watch the premier’s dramatic about-face on the landmark Tsilhqot’in legal case, as she vows to embrace the Supreme Court ruling and commit to fundamentally changing the government’s relationship with First Nations.
The leaders of the First Nations Summit and Union of BC Indian Chiefs, along with Tsilhqot’in lead plaintiff Roger William, each sounded a note of cautious optimism at this new “opportunity”.
In addition to this Vancouver meeting, the premier and her minister for aboriginal relations, John Rustad, visited Tsilhqot’in territory the day before – signing a letter of understanding that acknowledges nation’s title and rights and commits to taking steps to redress historic wrongs, such as the hanging of 6 Tsilhqot’in chiefs in 1864.
“I am hopeful that this time we prevail,” Phillip stated.
But after the BC Business Council attacked the plan, “it all went downhill from there. The whole initiative incinerated.”
“We cannot afford to do that again.”