Celebrating Supreme Court Aboriginal Title Decision

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July 5th Celebration
by FONV
fonv headerHello All Friends of Friends of the Nemaiah Valley;

Following on the Supreme Court of Canada's historic declaration of Aboriginal title a week ago today (and what a week it's been!) we are having a celebration of this victory on Saturday, July 5th at an off-the-grid "cottage" up at Mt. Matheson, in Metchosin. This is a lovely house with a spectacular view and a lake perfect for swimming.

Come and celebrate with us. It's a potluck so bring something to share and something to drink. We will have a BBQ available if anyone wants to prepare something that way. Things get underway at 1:00 with swimming or hiking or talking on the deck. We'll eat around 5 or 6:00 so come any time.

If you are able to attend, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will forward you the directions.
 
While we view the SCC ruling as a progressive step, others are unable or unwilling to move forward:

"The times have changed, but TML (Taseko Mines Ltd.) is clinging to the past. The Tsilhqot’in Nation, with support from the Supreme Court of Canada decision and the majority of the Canadian public, is sending the message to TML, along with its President, Russell Hallbauer, that no mining will occur in our traditional territory unless it respects our laws, our culture and our vision for the future of the Tsilhqot’in people." (TNG News Release, July 3, 2014)

As Chief Russell Myers-Ross of Yunesit'in goes on to say;
 
"The judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada makes it clear, through its emphasis on consent, ......that it is time for government and industry to forge equal partnerships and seek consent on projects of mutual benefit.”

Following on Chief Russell's words, our intent is to focus on the positive and to continue to work with the Tsilhqot'in people as they develop Indigenous land policies that incorporate their traditional values and a way of life they choose for themselves.

For now, please come and share with us as we celebrate this wonderful moment in history. We'll raise a glass to the strength of the Tsilhqot'in people and to Justice David Vickers and to Woodward and Company, all of whom have all made this day possible.

David Williams
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Phone: 250.592.1088
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