TSAXIS, KWAKIUTL TERRITORY (PORT HARDY), BC, March 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Kwakiutl
protest reaches a fifty-day milestone, as Island Timberlands, Canada
and BC remain silent on Treaty infringement.
Protesters are calling on Island Timberlands to suspend logging on
Kwakiutl lands while asking the federal and provincial governments to
honour the terms of an 1851 Treaty and implement 'enclosed fields' for
the protection of village sites.
"We ask Island Timberlands to respect Kwakiutl's 1851 Treaty, the
federal government to uphold the honour of the Crown's written promise
to the Kwakiutl people, and the provincial government to protect
Kwakiutl lands from any further infringement," said Chief Coreen Child.
Island Timberlands has been dogged by controversy since being created in
2005, through the purchase of lands resulting from a merger between
lumber giants MacMillan Bloedel and Weyerhaeuser, and has been opposed
for its destructive forest practices by communities throughout
Vancouver Island, including Roberts Creek, Port Alberni, Cortes Island,
Oceanside, Cowichan Valley, Port McNeill and Nanaimo.
"The company is not behaving like a good corporate citizen," said
Kwakiutl Protester and Elder Lucille Brotchie. "They have built their
reputation on arrogance and an economic model that is far from
Last week, during Question Period in the BC Legislature, Claire Trevena,
MLA for North Island, asked BC Forestry Minister Steve Thomson whether
he would meet with Kwakiutl First Nation's leadership and elders to try
and deal with issues that led to the protest. He refused.
Both the federal and provincial governments could not be reached for
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SOURCE: Kwakiutl First Nation
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Chief Coreen Child