Thursday, June 26, 2014

Supreme Court of Canada rules on Landmark Decision on Aboriginal Title.


Tsilhqot'in First Nation granted B.C. title claim in Supreme Court ruling

In a Landmark decision today, The Supreme Court of Canada has finally made clear the obligations of Governments in Canada to respect the rights, and land title claims by Aboriginal Peoples. BC Chiefs celebrated the news this morning, and looked forward to the positive future expected by all Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

Here is a link to The Supreme Court Decision  Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

102nd Anniversary of the St'at'imc Declaration


LILLOOET, B.C., May 10, 2013 --- On the 102nd anniversary of the St'at'imc Declaration, St'at'imc Chiefs Council (SGS) chair Chief Garry John sent a message to the provincial government regarding potential actions to be taken regarding Highline Road and Title issues.

St'at'imc put next Provincial Government on notice
Stop Tresspassing
 LILLOOET B.C. The Chair of the St'at'imc Chief's Council  is warning that the next provincial government could face a serious public relations headache-or worse, road and rail disruptions- if the province does not return to negotiations to settle jurisdictional grievances about infrastructure built across St'at'imc Territory.

Chief Gary John says The Sea To Sky Highway, a CN Rail Line, a Telus Fibre Optic Cable, and the Highline Road were all built without proper St'at'imc permissions and leases.

He voiced his concerns to a crowd of 300 St'at'imc people at the annual cultural event May 10,2013 just north of Lillooet.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Aboriginal People And Canada


Aboriginal People and Canada: The Way Forward

The University of Winnipeg hosts policy forum on aboriginal issues with former AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine and Liberal Leader Bob Rae. (March 13, 2013)

Click to view this great discussion on CPAC Aboriginal People and Canada

This is a great discussion about contemporary thoughts and views on Aboriginal issues and society.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

The Onus Of Proof Of Aboriginal Title by Kent McNeil Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, October 1999

The document below provides a great deal of valuable information on the concept of Aboriginal Title To Land in Canada and gives insight into how Aboriginal Peoples can claim and continue to hold the rights to their land across this nation.

This document provides a road map to follow, and in particular provides sound legal information on the subject of how the Supreme Court Of Canada (SCC) views Aboriginal Title, how such title is established, and how this title to lands can be continued through the act of possession of the land. Or in other words being on the land implies title to the land, and any claim of ownership of the land by other parties such as the Crown must be proven in law.

The paper quotes extensively from the SCC decision of Delgamuukw v. British Columbia.

The Onus of Proof of Aboriginal Title

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

BC Environmental Assessment Office-Melvin Creek Valley/Cayoosh Ski Resort Proposal Still Under Review

Photo Courtesy of Will Koop

Recently an email was sent to the BC Environmental Assessment Office to request the status of the Certificate granted to NGR Consultants in 2005 to build a Ski Resort in the Melvin Creek Valley/Cayoosh mountain range.

Despite stiff opposition to this project from First Nations peoples who live in the areas around the proposed project, and the establishment of a settlement in the Sutikalh, the BC Government has arbitrarily suspended the 5 year time limit on the Certificate for an indefinite period of time.

The BC Environmental Assessment Office stated in the email below that the project is currently under review, and the BC Government is planning public discussions about the project in the affected communities during the fall and winter of 2010.

This indicates that it is even more important now for all those concerned about this project to speak about your objections to this decision, and to voice your concerns for the pristine environment we are trying to protect from this kind of development. The Government of BC is attempting to steal this land owned by the St'at'imc Nation, and give it to NGR Consultants and their investors, to build a ski resort that nobody wants.

The document below shows the email request to the BC Environmental Assessment Office.
Certificate Extension

Take action now and express your concerns directly to Barry Penner env.minister@gov.bc.ca And by all means, leave your comments below and voice your concerns on this blog.

Find your local BC MLA and email them or write them expressing your concerns.

Here are some links to more information about the history of the proposed project.

Chronology Of Government Records, Newspaper Articles, Meetings, For Cayoosh Development Proposal on the SPEC website authored by Will Koop.

BC Environmental Assessment Office-Cayoosh

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Invasion Of Sutikalh Territory






Recently the Pemberton Valley Bike Club announced plans to build a bike trail into Sutikalh Territory as shown in the slide show. We have to wonder at this point if this kind of activity is allowed under the current status of this Territory, and if the proposed expansion of their commercial business has been approved by the St'at'imc Council, and B.C. Ministry of the Environment.

This slide shows the proposed bike trail along with the Sutikalh Camp and Melvin Valley in the yellow circle shown on the map.


The next slide is a closer view with the Sutikalh Camp circled in red, and the bike trail up and to the left of the camp right into Melvin Valley from the east.



We feel at this point there must be some concern expressed about the wildlife in the area, and what negative effects can be anticipated if numbers of people are biking up and down this part of the valley, and how it will interrupt the natural animal and wildlife patterns of activity throughout the trails that have been documented and flow through this area.

We are talking about Mountain Goat, Deer, and Grizzly Bear habitat that will be endangered by this unecessary intrusion of human activity.

We are planning on a visit into the high alpine cabin around August 15, 2010 to establish a settlement, and we are looking for like minded volunteers to being live in caretakers.

Have some concerns? Contact the Liberal MLA for this area of our province.

Joan McIntyre MLA for West Vancouver-Sea To Sky
joan.mcintyre.mla@leg.bc.ca
Joan McIntyre website

Constituancy Office
300-2332 Marine Drive
West Vancouver, BC
V7V 1K4

604-981-0045


80 Seton Lake Road
Box 1420, Lillooet B.C.
Canada V0K 1K0
250-256-7523
250-256-7119 FAX






I have posted a poll so that you can vote on this issue and express your opinion about this proposed activity. Contact your local MLA, and your band leaders.

Chief Leonard Andrew

Friday, June 4, 2010

Awaken To One



I hope this video provides you with love, joy, and inspiration as it did to me today.

Energy Follows Thought!!!

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