Sinixt/Arrow Lakes Band Press Release
September 25 1990
Yvonne Swan, Coordinator [signed]
We, the Sinixt Arrow Lakes Band, believed and documented as extinct by the provincal Government of British Columbia in 1956, have been embroiled in an effort to secure the remains of six ancestral bodies and related articles excavated and removed from the Sinixt/Arrow Lakes burial ground at Vallican, B.C. In 1981.
The Frog Mountain Story by Sinixt Editors Marilyn James, M.Ed. and Cindy Fry, M.Ed
“In storytelling not only does each teller relate the story in his or her own unique way, but also each listener hears and imagines the story in his or her own way. This is the beauty of the oral tradition. “This story of Frog Mountain was told to me many times by my Elder Eva Orr. With her permission, I have written this story in my own words, words that cannot compare to the way in which the story was told to me through the oral tradition of my people. I share the story of our sacred mountain in this non-traditional way to light the path for your understanding about my people, the Sinixt.” Marilyn James
A long, long time ago no rains fell for many years on the lands of the Sinixt People. The Sinixt People suffered greatly as the land dried up during the drought. With no rain, the plants that fed the animals withered and disappeared from the land. Without food, the wildlife could not live. The plants that the people used for food also dried up. The people had very little to eat and knew they could not live in they stayed in the place they had called home for as long as they could remember. Some of the Sinixt people chose to move away from their homes to the
A group claiming to be representatives of the Sinixt Nation have filed a writ of summons at the Nelson Court Registry claiming Aboriginal title to land starting in the vicinity of Revelstoke, extending south to the U.S. border, the peak of the Monashee Mountains in the west and the peak of the Selkirk and Purcell ranges in the east.
Filed on July 28, the writ gives the federal and provincial governments two weeks to file a statement of defence.