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SINIXT NATION CHALLENGES ATTORNEY GENERALS PETITION TO DISMISS APPEAL

PRESS RELEASE
SINIXT NATION CHALLENGES ATTORNEY GENERALS PETITION TO DISMISS APPEAL IN BC SUPREME COURT


SLOCAN VALLEY, BC June 10, 2012
On June 4th, 2012   the Attorney General filed a Petition to dismiss the Appeal of the Sinixt Nation inTHE SUPREME COURT OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
In the matter of Section 2 of the Judicial Review Procedure Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 241 and British Columbia Timber Sale Licence A80073 issued under the Forest Act [RSBC 1996] Chapter 157

BETWEEN:

VANCE ROBERT CAMPBELL, MARILYN JAMES, LOLA JON CAMPBELL,
TARESS ALEXIS and ROBERT WATT, Directors of the Sinixt Nation Society,
representative body of the SINIXT NATION, on their own behalf and on behalf of
THE SINIXT NATION and THE SINIXT NATION SOCIETY

Letter in regards to dispositions of Crown Land within Sinixt territory

Click here to read or download the recent letter in regards to dispositions of Crown Land within Sinixt territory and Sinixt Nation members rights to consultations. You need Adobe Reader installed. We will post the text soon but having technical difficulties converting the selxcin language fonts onto the website.


 

Sinixt Nation letter to BC Minister Of Environment in Regards to the Lemon Creek Jet-Fuel Spill

To: Mary Polak, Minister of Environment,

PO BOX 9047, STN PROV GOVT
VICTORIA, BC, V8W 9E2
Telephone: 250 387-1187
Fax: 250 387-1356

 

Date: August 2nd 2013,

 

RE: Human health in Sinixt territory especially the Lemon Creek area of the Slocan Valley BC.

 

We thank the Ministry of Environment for replying to our July 31st 2013 email in regards to the recent “Lemon Creek Fuel Spill.”

 

Further to the verbal permission granted by our Chief to the Ministry via telephone, Sinixt Nation gives our blessing to the Ministry to take all necessary requirements to clean up the the said fuel spill in the most efficient and expedited manner.

 

We of course require staff working on the clean up effort to be informed of the archaeological and cultural use areas of Sinixt Nation and to be conscience of artifacts and burial remains in certain areas along the Slocan River, Lemon Creek, and Kootenay River. Assistance in these regards from the Archaeological Branch and Sinixt Nation could potentially be available in regards to these efforts.

 

As suggested we attended the August 1st 2013 Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) Fire Service community update in Winlaw BC in regards to current wildfire on Perry Ridge.

 

Chief Bob Campbell of Sinixt Nation was recognized and introduced to all in attendance by Walter Popoff, the Central Kootenay Regional District Director for the region and we received some information by Fire Service staff, including Doug Smith the current acting incident commander.

 

The MFLNRO Fire Service staff did the best that they could do to inform the local community in regards to the wildfire and the operations. Staff also did their best to inform Sinixt Nation and local residents of the MFLNRO Forest Service's use of possibly tens of thousands of gallons of jet-fuel laden water from the Slocan River to battle the said wildfire and the “substantial amounts” of retardant used to fight the wildfire on our sacred mountain slhu7kin/Perry Ridge.

Sinixt Nation sends letter to the Canadian Forces Provost Marshal (CFPM)

From: Sinixt Nation

Date: July 25thth 2013

 

To: Canadian Forces Provost Marshal (CFPM)

2200 Walkley Road

Ottawa, ON, K1A 0K2

Telephone: (613) 949-1000

Fax: (613) 949-1637

 

Background:

We, the association of Sinixt human-beings known as the Sinixt Nation have continuously lived, occupied and used our unceded traditional territory (Sinixt territory*) for at least the last 3000 years to the present in the area contemporarily called the “Columbia River Basin in British Columbia, Canada” as is verified by the work of archaeological and ethnographical professionals, local historical professionals, and through the oral stories of Sinixt human beings continuing to live on or near traditional Sinixt territory. *(See: http://www.sinixtnation.org/content/sinixt-territory )

 

Sinixt Nation is a recognized First Nation in British Columbia and is recognized as such by various individuals and organizations including but not limited to ex-BC Premier Glen Clark, ex-MP Corkie Evans, BC Ministry of Forests and BC Parks, BC School District 20, BC MLA Katherine Conroy, BC MLA Michelle Mungall, Sophie Pierre acting as Ktunaxa Nation Council Chief and now acting as the BC Treaty Commissioner, Katherine Teneese as a Ktunaxa Nation Council representative, Clarence Louie acting as the Osoyoos Indian Band Chief. (Evidence available upon request)

 

Sinixt territory is depicted on many historical maps and was surveyed at least five times. Twice by George Anthony Dawson in 1884 & 1892, by James Teit in 1909, by Franz Boas 1928, by Verne Ray in 1935. (See: maps of Sinixt territory at http://www.sinixtnation.org/content/maps

Sinixt Nation needs your support!

Sinixt Nation is being threatened with "Trespassing on Crown Land" by the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for establishing a Sinixt cultural encampment within Sinixt territory on slhu7kin/Perry Ridge. The recent treatment by the Ministry and the RCMP towards our concerns and matters is a continuation of the same inhumane processes that led to the extinction status of the Sinixt/Arrow Lakes Indian Band by Canada in 1956.

We are calling on everyone to come to Slhu7kin/Perry Ridge to assist Sinixt Nation with our cultural encampment on the ridge and to protect Sinixt human rights and defend our right to self-determination. Please join us to protect our cultural ways, the water, and all that is sacred.

Please Bring what you can. The camp is 5km up the Perry Ridge Forest Service Road near Slocan BC.

Contact us for directions or for more information. lim lim - lim limt - lim limt - lim limtDirections to camp

Timeline of events from Sinixt encampment on slhu7kin/Perry Ridge

This timeline of events from the Sinixt encampment on slhu7kin/Perry Ridge is subject to change... Dates will be updated and more information to be added. Stay tuned.

Prior to May 2013- British Columbia Timber Sales (BCTS) and the Province of British Columbia (BC) DO NOT hold consultations with Sinixt Nation over operations on slhu7kin/Perry Ridge after years of correspondence regarding slhu7kin/Perry Ridge, previous consultations, and Sinixt Nation involvement in the BC Ministry of Forests CORE planning table in the 1990's.

Sinixt Nation receives Notice of Trespass on Crown Land Orders

Trespass on Crown Land OrderOn July 16 2013,  Two RCMP officers, one verified as being from the RCMP “E Division” Major Crimes Section and two Ministry of Natural Resources enforcement officers come to “talk” to occupants of the Sinixt encampment on slhu7kin/Perry Ridge.  RCMP inform us that anyone blocking the road will be charged with mischief un

Sinixt Nation Serves Cease and Desist Order to Her Majesty in Right of Canada and British Columbia Timber Sales

A permanent camp has been established to defend Sinixt culture and lands. The right to defend human rights is a lawful one. Permanent buildings are being built on slhu7kin to assist Sinixt in the pursuit of cultural, social, and economic, and religious developments. eg. berry picking, medicine gathering, hunting, trapping, vision quests, spiritual development, etc.

Sinixt Nation Press Release

Notice: Press Release and Statement:

Date: April 12, 2013

 

Sinixt Nation has worked diligently over the past three decades to correct the 1956 Canadian government's extinction status of Sinixt people. The Crown has recognized Sinixt people as indigenous peoples of Canada (as a tribal group) but not as the Indian Act's defined term of “Aboriginal peoples of Canada” as presented in a document dated August 9th, 1995 and signed by then Indian Affairs Minister Ron Irwin which stated: “The Arrow Lakes Band ceased to exist as a band for the purpose of the Indian Act when-its last [registered] member died on October 1, 1953. ... It does not, of course, mean that the Sinixt people ceased to exist as a tribal group.”

The Indigenous People of the Columbia River Headwaters Are Not Extinct!

 

Sinixt Nation has acted in good faith to address the issue of our people being wrongfully extincted and whereas the Crown has not. Our most recent legal challenge against the Crown to protect Sinixt interests to cultural sites was struck down and resulted in the BC Supreme Court forcing the Sinixt people involved to pay for the court costs. We feel this is contrary to the obligations held by the Crown.

 

The Crown holds legally binding obligations under international law to recognize and promote the fundamental rights of all human-beings, including the economic, social, cultural, civil, political and religious rights of all Sinixt peoples regardless of the Canadian laws that exist such as the Indian Act,” said Sinixt Nation Headman Vance Robert “Bob” Campbell Sr..

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