~ Proposed Yale Treaty will Prevent Stó:lō from Fishing in the Fraser Canyon ~  
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 Stó:lō Tribal Council Rolls Out “Welcome Mat”
    for Federal & Provincial Ministers

Indian Affairs Minister, Chuck Strahl, and the Provincial Minister for Aboriginal Relations & Reconciliation, George Abbott, were counting on a low key signing ceremony of the Yale Band treaty this coming Friday at Camp Squeah in the Fraser Canyon.  However, word of the John Henry ritual got out to the 23 neighboring Stó:lō First Nations who assert both aboriginal title and aboriginal rights in the area and they, with the help of the Stó:lō Tribal Council, are mobilizing a special reception for both governments at Camp Squeah. The President of the Stó:lō Tribal Council, Grand Chief Clarence Pennier said, “the Ministers need to understand that Aboriginal title and fishing rights in the Fraser Canyon belong to all 24 Stó:lō First Nations, not just the Yale Indian Band alone. When the Ministers arrive at Camp Squeah they will learn in no uncertain terms that they are in the homeland of the Stó:lō. We plan to roll out our own very special version of a welcoming mat”.  

And Grand Chief Pennier says the gloves are off over the Yale treaty. “Governments can lay-out any promises they want to in a treaty with the Yale Band, but we will not allow the treaty to infringe on our aboriginal title and rights in the Fraser Canyon, including our rights to fish there and operate our dry-racks. And the Yale Band Council can scrap any notion that our elders and families will be lining up to get a pass to exercise our rights to fish, visit our ancient villages and graves and protect our cultural heritage in the Fraser Canyon. The BC Treaty Process was supposed to bring certainty and stability to the province, but the approach pursued by both governments in the case of the Yale treaty will only serve to undermine the original goals of the treaty process. And in the wake of the Yale treaty will come years of conflict in the Eastern Fraser Valley. This can’t be good news for local governments, the province and non-aboriginal residents of the region”, said Pennier.  

Grand Chief Pennier says that the Sto:lo Tribal Council, with the support of  member First Nations, will be launching an aboriginal title case to protect their rights in the Fraser Canyon. We have already consulted our legal counsel and we have wrapped all the necessary background research to lay-out our case in the courts. “Governments could have avoided a clash with us over our rights in the Fraser Canyon, but, instead, they chose to brush us aside. And as we work our way through the courts, we will be pursing a vigorous day to day campaign to both protect our aboriginal title and exercise our rights in the Fraser Canyon from any potential infringements resulting from the Yale treaty”, said Pennier.

“Right now we are out in the community organizing for Friday, February 5th, 2010 reception for the Minister’s at Camp Squeah. I hope there will be many guests at the signing ceremony because they will leave the ceremony understanding just how serious we are about our aboriginal title and rights”.    

For more information, please contact:

Grand Chief Clarence Pennier at:
1-604-798-2432

or

Tribal Chief Tyrone McNeil at:
1-604-798-1509.

 About Stó:lō Tribal Council

The Stó:lō Tribal Council was incorporated on July 21, 2004 by the 8 First Nations. The Council’s mandate, like that of the Stó:lō Nation Society, is to provide representation and governance for its member First Nations in such areas as education, social development, community development, child and family services, employment, economic development, health, advisory services, fisheries, Aboriginal rights and title, treaty negotiations and Halq’emeylem. Efforts are now underway to ensure that all eligible funding is transferred from the Stó:lō Nation Society to the Council to enable the Council to deliver services directly to its member First Nations.

To fulfill its mandate, the Council has adopted a governance structure that is more open, transparent, accountable and inclusive. All registered members of participating First Nations who are 18 or older may become voting members of the Council, and all voting members are eligible to be directors.

A directorship is reserved for an elder and a youth representative. Youth aged 7 to 17 may participate as non-voting members. The membership will meet up to 4 times a year to provide input and direction and to receive reports on ongoing activity of the Council.

 

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