Wolverine Speaks: Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake Inquiry, Genocide and Unceded Territories

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In her first public appearance as Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Jody Wilson-Raybould, Kwakwaka’wakw, publicly spoke to the letter I sent on January 4th, 2016 to both her and the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau calling for a National Inquiry into the Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake Standoff 1995. She was asked three times by three women, to take action, to call this Inquiry and to address the ongoing genocide that is taking place on our Territories. Her response, as the Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada was disrespectful and dismissive. You all need a history lesson. Here it is.

The following is an open letter for all of you Canadians out there. My name is Wolverine. I am an 83 year old father, grandfather, great grandfather and Secwepemc Elder. I am a long time defender of the inherent jurisdiction and responsibility of Indigenous Peoples to steward our Homelands, which have never been purchased or surrendered to Canada, Britain or any other entity. Continue reading “Wolverine Speaks: Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake Inquiry, Genocide and Unceded Territories”

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National Inquiry into Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake Standoff

For twenty years, the Ts’Peten Defenders have been calling for a national public inquiry. As Wolverine wrote in his open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and Attorney-General Jody Wilson, “The time has come to honour your commitment to Indigenous people, and to a reconciliation between our nations. An inquiry into the Ts’Peten standoff would demonstrate that the Canadian government is truly committed to a new era of respectful, Nation to Nation relationships in which the wrongs of the past are thoroughly understood and acknowledged, ensuring that threats, intimidation, defamation and force are never again used against Indigenous people in Canada.”

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Renewed Calls For A National Inquiry Into Standoff At Gustafsen Lake

Twenty years after a standoff with RCMP, some First Nations protestors are calling for a national inquiry

 By Daybreak Kamloops, CBC News Posted: Jan 13, 2016

There’s a renewed call for a national inquiry into the Gustafsen lake standoff. It happened near 100 Mile House, 20 years ago. First Nations protestors occupied a piece of ranch land they said was sacred. For many British Columbians, Gustafsen Lake will always serve as a symbol of violence between First Nations and RCMP, and for many it is still an open wound. The 1995 standoff was one of the largest paramilitary operations in Canadian history. Fifteen protestors were found guilty of various offenses.  Now, Wolverine along with a new group called the Ts Peten Defence Committee are demanding a National Inquiry. The CBC’s Samantha Garvey has been looking into this story.

To listen to the full interview, click on the link: renewed calls for a national inquiry into standoff at Gustafsen Lake.
CBC News Story and Audio Interview

Historic Traditional Feast & Gathering January 17, 2016

Under the jurisdiction of tribal law and written from unceded and unsurrendered Secwepemc Territory, Wolverine, in counsel with the Secwepemc People and People of the Allied Tribes, is calling an all day traditional feast and gathering on Sunday January 17th, 2016. This feast and gathering is being called in order to bring together Indigenous Peoples of the Allied Tribes (Secwepemc, Thompson, Okanagan, St’at’imc, Stalo, Lower Fraser, Tsilhqotin andTahltan); Language Speakers, Hereditary Chiefs and Matriarchs, Land Defenders, Medicine People, and all of our Indigenous Relatives to the North, the South, the East and the West, who stand with the Allied tribes to assert sovereignty and jurisdiction over our Territories.
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Press Release


Wolverine Sends Good Faith Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Calling for a National Inquiry into the Ts’Peten Stand Off 1995

January 8, 2016

The following media advisory is is written from unceded and unsurrendered Secwepemc Territory, under the auspices of Tribal Law to make it known to the press and to the public, the unjust and dire situation of the People of the Secwepemc Nation.

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Call For A National Inquiry On Gustafsen Lake Standoff

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Office of the Prime Minister
The Honourable Jody Wilson
House of Commons
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6

December 30, 2015

Dear Mr. Trudeau,

My name is Wolverine. I am also known as William Jones Ignace. I am an 83 year old father, grandfather, great grandfather, and an Elder of the Secwepemc Nation in what is called British Columbia.

I am a farmer. This, past summer I cultivated 8 acres of organic food to nourish the people in my Nation and other Nations as well.

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