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Christy Clark: Govt ready to embrace Tsilhqot’in case, Aboriginal title – Chiefs cautiously optimistic

PostedSeptember 11, 2014 by in Canada
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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.

I remember that I heard another premier stand before a gathering such as this – and, of course, that was Premier Campbell. He offered the same powerful, public platitudes we heard from Premier Clark about the need to engage and to walk together.

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.”

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Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.

12 Comments


  1.  
    RS

    Clark is a sham. Look at her feigned “new relationship with teachers” as she backhands them with her appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada.




  2.  

    This case is making history throughout Canada. It is already being argued in front of a Superior Court Judge, Johanne Mainville in a case opposing traditional Anishinabe people living in the La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve to Louisiana Pacific. And the Atikamekw Nehirowisiw declaration of sovereignty issued last week is in the midst of this great historical movement.

    We are a solidarity group supporting the Algonquin Nation of the Ottawa River Watershed. Contact us if you would like to find out more about these traditional Anishinabe People’s fight for recognition of title to protect the forest they live in against the clear-cutting perpetrated by Louisiana Pacific.

    Marie for Solidarité NABRO




  3.  
    Sandra H

    To trust anything this witch promises is a grave error in judgment. It’s not like we don’t know her history of lies, deceit and corruption. Fool you once, shame on her. Fool you twice… shame on YOU!




  4.  
    Marvin b

    If she really means it she would go a step beyond the court decision and say the title was present before bc therefore bc will act as if it is a province unto itself with all the same rights as victoria enjoys under the constitution… Then the xeni community will be free to earn its own living off its land not hamstrung by the courts ridiculous explanation of what the title means…. Then we will see true reconciliation.




  5.  
    Greg

    Is it a coincidence that Taseko is still looking to open the prosperity mine. Christy wouldn’t do that wink wink nudge nudge




  6.  
    Don F.

    My God! If you think for one moment this woman is capable of even understanding any of this well god help us. I have to say I for one am disappointed anyone even gave her a chance to speak.





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