Hereditary Chiefs' Special Flyer
10 September 1995
This is Our Territory. . .
Interfor claims that this is "public and
Crown property." We, the Nuxalkmc, have never nor will we ever give
our consent to Interfor or any other corporation to log out our territory.
Our Territory is ours, the Nuxalkmc, and we have never ceded
it (given it away) to the governments of Canada or British Columbia.
The Hereditary Chiefs have requested that this information flyer be sent
to the community so that our people can know and understand the logging
protest at ISTA on Nuxalknalus (King Island).
ISTA on Nuxalknalus (King Island) Has a Special
are stories that our Elders talk about. Sniits (Marjorie Tallio) tells
about the beginning of time and she names the first people sent down
to ISTA on King Island. The Nuxalk Cultural Centre has documentation
that supports this evidence. We can no longer stand by and watch logging
corporations destroy our lands.
We, the Nuxalkmc, Have Never Sold or Ceded Our Land
We don't have to sign treaties with anyone. The government has no right to take away what was given to our people by Tatau, the Creator. We, the Nuxalkmc, have never entered into any treaties with Canada or British Columbia. We, the Nuxalkmc, have never sold or ceded our land, and the Canadian court has no jurisdiction over our Territory. The Hereditary Chiefs and community members were served with a court injunction at 10:30 am on Saturday, September 9th, 1995. They were informed that they had twenty-four hours to get off our own land. In response, the Chiefs informed Interfor that they are the ones who are trespassing on Nuxalk Territory. The injunction notice was burnt as a sign to Interfor that our People do not recognize its permit to log Nuxalk Territory.
Our Elder Clayton Mack
Our Elders always encourage us to be strong as Nuxalkmc, and continue to protect our lands and our resources. Our strongest words of encouragement come from a respected Elder in our community, and we must listen from our hearts to what he is saying. At this time, we wish to acknowledge our Elder, Clayton Mack, and the message that he left with us concerning the destructive logging on our Nuxalk lands. What Clayton said was true; we aren't doing enough to stop logging corporations from destroying our land.
Why does the government
have to kill so many trees and kill them so fast? Trees been there hundreds
and hundreds of years, why them white guys want to
Today We Are Taking a Stand
Today we are taking a stand.
It's not too late. It is time that we stand united and come together
as a People to put an end to all illegal and destructive logging within