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From: Madam D (MadamD) DelphiPlus Member Icon11/27/01 7:03 PM 
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Greetings, A friend has asked if I would post this...In Spirit Debbra

Knucwete-Kuc
(We need your help)

We, the Secwepemc, have been living on our lands in
Skwelkwekwelt.
This one of our traditional places we have used for
thousands to years to gather our food and practice
our spiritual way of life.
Sun Peaks Ski Resort has constructed a ski resort
within our traditional territory and within our 1862
Neskonlith Douglas reserve.
Sun Peaks resort is planning a massive expansion
project which would have devastating effects on our
way of life, and indeed, on our survival as Secwepemc
peoples.

Since we have been living on our lands, there has
been a tremendous amount of pressure to drive us off
our homelands; and to extinguish rights to our lands
and to eventually exterminate us as Peoples with a
land and culture.

The Province of British Columbia, Sun Peaks Resort
and the RCMP have driven us off three of our
homesites.
They have used very devious strategies to remove us
from our homelands.

The Province issued a lease to Sun Peaks on lands
which We had been living on.

Sun Peaks Resort then got an injunction to remove
us.
2 Elders and 2 men were arrested.

Sun Peaks de-activated a road to Mt. Morrisey which
blocked our access to practice our aboriginal
rights,including the right to gather our foods and
build shelters.
The Ministry of Highways removed a home by the road
into the Sun Peaks village making our people
homeless.

ON DECEMBER 3, 2001 A COURT INJUNCTION WILL BE HELD
TO ENFORCE A TREPASS AND SEIZURE NOTICE AT McGILLVRAY
LAKE AND THE SKWELKWEKWELT PROTECTION CENTER.

A young Secwepemc family has spent months
constructing a home at McGillvray, which is now
seized under the B.C. Land Act

2.We need help in asserting our right to our lands
and culture.
We need support from all Native people who believe
we did not surrender our lands and who believe we
have a right to live on our lands and practice our
way of life on the land.
We need support from all people who believe in the
care and protection of the earth from unnecessary
destruction.

One of our biggest need is funds for legal defense
before December 3, 2001
Donations can be send to
Skwelkwekwelt Legal Defense
Fund C/O Neskonlith Band
Box 608, Chase, B.C. VOE 1M0
Phone 250-679-3295
Fax 250-679-5306

You can also help by:
Donating your time to be part of the legal defense
team (lawyers, researchers)

Fund-raise in your community for our legal defense

Write letters to governments to respect and
recognize our rights and title


Prime Minister Jean Chretien
Government of Canada
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
Fax 613-941-6900

Premier Gordon Campbell
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, B. C. V8W 9E1
Fax 250-387-0087
Premier@gov.bc.ca

For more information please contact: Janice Billy
Chief Arthur Manuel

Kukstec-Kuc (Thank you from all of us)

Skwelkwekwelt Protection Center
Secwepemc Territory
C/O Box 608
Chase, B. C. Canada
Phone 250-679-3295
Fax 250-679-5306

 
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