Invitation to Environmentalists
Above: Chief Qwatsinas (in
red) with Nuxalk and non Nuxalk protesters blockading the Interfor logging
road at ISTA, 1997. The man in blue on the right is serving the Nuxalk
with a subpoena and notice of arrest.
Left: Invitation to Environmentalists. "Our Sacred Site is
being desecrated by Interfor. The logging done at ISTA is illegal because
Interfor is trespassing on Nuxalk Land. We have not consented or negotiated
away our Nuxalk Title & Rights at ISTA so the timber is being stolen
from us. We have continually requested sustainable logging practices but
ISTA is still being clearcut logged under the BC Forest Practices Code."
"We call for an end to industrial clearcut logging on the mid coast of BC. We
invite the Forest Action Network (FAN), Greenpeace, Bearwatch and P.A.T.H. to
stand together with us to protect ISTA and the ancient rainforests of Nuxalk
"The political position of the Nuxalk Nation has always been in place and
has not changed at all. We call for support from the Chief and Councils of the
Heiltsuk, Kitasoo and Oweekeno to protect Indian Land in Nuxalk Territory."
Nuxalk Collette Schooner handcuffed by RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police).
Left: Police speed boats transporting ISTA protesters
to Bella Bella.
Message to the Meeting at Lobeico Hall, 1997
Right: Nuxalk House
of Smayusta message to the Lobeico Hall meeting in Bella Coola, 9 June 1997.
the first time your grandparents arrived here in this Valley our grandparents
were friendly with them, that's the way it was in those days. The means
of transportation was the river canoe. Our ancestors helped one another
if there was a fire or an accident. We helped one another. Our people helped
your people survive here."
"Today, we still have friends here amongst you. Here in this valley we
don't hate anyone. We have no intentions of hurting anyone. This has always
been the way of our people. Our movement has always been that of non violence."
"Our message is to the multinational corporations who come in and strip our
forests. The way in which they come in and devastate our forests then leave
without total consideration of our future. We need to consider the future of
all our children and our grandchildren who will be affected by this method
of destructive clearcutting. The land has a great meaning to us. Places
like Ista are very sacred to our people."
Nuxalk Thank Lighthawk Pilot, 1997
Left: Thank you letter to Lighthawk pilot Bill
Rockwell from Nuxalk Hereditary Chief Sats'alanlh (Peter Schooner), 1 October
"We would like
to express our sincerest gratitude to you for taking our people out on
your plane to witness the destruction of our rainforests in Nuxalk Territories.
We were able to get video footage that was played at the House of Smayusta
for the Elders to view. We would not have been able to cover as much territory
without the aid of your plane. Most of our people have not seen the vast
amount of logging that has occurred in the Nuxalk Traditional Territories."
"We are a small organization with very little money. We cannot afford to take
plane rides. It makes our position stronger when our people get a chance
to witness for themselves the destruction of clearcut logging. The people
who are against our stand have never seen how much logging has actually
occurred. Nor have they seen the damage that results from logging. It would
be good more people could witness this logging for themselves. Hopefully
they may change their views on clearcut logging. It would also be good
for children and chiefs to go out."
Supreme Court Bows in Face of Nuxalk Stand, 1995
Left: Protesters at the
Nuxalk blockade of the Interfor (International Forest Products) clearcut
logging operation at ISTA on King Island off the coast of British Columbia.
Many of the Nuxalk supporters were European.
"We have been deeply moved by the Nuxalk chiefs' and people's commitment
to protecting their land, and so have many others around the world. We
are expecting 100s of supporters to come join us next spring in continuing
to prevent Interfor from destroying Nuxalk land. Interfor will no longer
be allowed to profit from the destruction of the Great Coast Rainforest"
Forest Action Network.
Right: Press release by Forest Action Network, 1995.
"Supreme Court Justice Smith was unwilling yesterday
to put out arrest warrants for the 22 Nuxalk chiefs, elders and supporters
who walked out of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Again Justice Mith refused
the crown prosecutor's requests to issue warrants for their
arrest or try them in their absence. The trial was put over until 15 January
'The court was forcing us into their system and handcuffing our sovereignty,'
says Hereditary Chief Qwatsinas (Edward Moody). 'The white man's court system
cannot define our people. Our law allows us to protect our land; their law allows
destruction. When we go out to protect our land and forests, we go out with the
law given by the Creator.'
"The 22 defendants were charged with contempt
of court in September while protecting unceded Nuxalk territory at ISTA (Fog
Creek) from destruction by Interfor's clearcut logging."
"Forest Action Network (FAN), which jointly carried out the month long blockade
at ISTA with the Nuxalk Nation, fully supports the Nuxalk legal position."
NUXALK STRONG – NUXALK FOREVER