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Tl'etinqox Government

News from the Chief

News from the Chief

Monthly updates from the current chief of Tl'etinqox-t'in, Joe Alphonse.

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JUNE 2012

Posted by Trevor Mack on June 13, 2012 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (1509)

Smoke in the Valley must indicate summer is here. Hope everyone is in good spirits. We have been quite busy over the last month as it seems we've been racing from one event to another. Things should start to wind down to a degere however we do have one more major event to host and that's the Culture Camp.

Moose Concerns: To follow up our Moose Meeting from Math 15th, a letter has been drafted and signed by our community Chief and Council. We are notifying everyone our intentions of shutting down our area from hunting due to low moose populations. Again we continue to raise this issue to the Provincial Government and they don't seem to take any interest as to whether we have a moose population in our territory or not, therefore it is felt we have to take control or the population will be decimated.

Stemming from the May 15th meeting predation was also a huge concern. The main predator concern from ranchers is the wolf and to a lighter extent the bear. On June 10th I drove to Ana Lake Road and Palmer Lake Road Junction, this is where the Anaham summer cattle range. Within one kilometer of the junction I saw five black bears. Maybe the wolf is not the main predator on our livestock.

Klatsassin Logging: Our logging operation is getting ready to get back to logging. Hopefully this year will be a more significant year for our logging operation after showing a profit for the first time in 19 years of operation. We are happy to report that we have purchsaed one used Feller Buncher from John Deere dealership in Williams Lake, the old Feller Buncher we used last year finally burnt. We also were able to purchase a Button Top Loader from Great West. We traded our skidder that was parked outside of the Band Office. I'd like to also thank councillor Blaine Grinderr for showing up and supporting this initiative.

Grads: So many grad celebrations to attend to in June. I attended Williams Lake and Columneetza Secondary School grad ceremonies on June 9th. What a wonderful and exciting time for our young people, completing one faze of their life and about to begin another. I also attended University of Victoria grad ceremony for Levi Smith (Mattice) who graduated from the Engineering program. On June 15th I was then in Kamloops and attended Kristen Johnny grad from a Business Management degree program. Wish all the graduates nothing but the best.

Xeni Tsilhqot'in Aboriginal Right and Title Case: The long awaited court of appeal decision came down June 27th. The Tsilhqot'in Chiefs met in Vancouver at the UBCIC office with Grand Chief Steward Phillip, Summit Grand Chief Ed John, and BCAFN Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybolt.

This is the largest case of its kind sitting before the courts. From the time the case first started everyone said it will take so long to get a decision and it would be quicker to go through the BC Treaty process. To date there have only been two treaties made in that process.

All of our rights of been recognized and upheld. The only weakness in the ruling was teh judge did not make a decision on title. This is for ownership and who has jurisdiction. No provincial or federal court judge has ever ruled on this issue. So if we appeal it will go to the Supreme Court of Canada and if we choose that route the Canadian Court system has no choice but to deal with the title issue once and for all, not just for the Tsilhqot'in but for all First Nation peoples across Canada.

Haying season has begun so that must mean fishing season is around the corner, enjoy your summer and be safe. Sechenalyagh.