...we are becoming regarded as trespassers...
Chiefs of the Shuswap Okanagan and Couteau (thompson) Tribes of British Columbia. Letter to Prime Minister, Sir Wilfred Laurier (1910):
'We find ourselves without any real home in this, our own country...Our people are fined and imprisoned for...using the same game and fish which we were told would always be ours for food. Gradually we are becoming regarded as trespassers over a large portion of this our own country.'
'People to People, Nation to Nation: Highlights from the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples', p34.
Keywords: British Columbia, Canada, land ownership, trespass, 1910
'People to People, Nation to Nation', Highlights from the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, p 34. Courtesy of the Privy Council Office, Canada. Reproduced with the permission of the Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 1999.
Author: Nettheim, Garth