CONTRIBUTION · 23rd September 2011
Chief Albert Nelson addressing the first Indian Agent for the Northwest Agency, James McKay, at Port Simpson in 1883:
"We are living in peace for this reason, that this Tsimshian tribe belongs to no government. God has put us here Himself. That is why our minds are at peace, for we know God is the only one who governs us.
We have heard that the government has appointed you here. You have told us yourself that the land belongs to us the Tsimshians. That the council will have to make a law to divide the lands; so you have said. We do not see what the council has to do this for, as the land belonged to us years ago.
What the people of this place want they will let you know; what they do not want they will let you know also. Well Sir, Mr. McKay, this is all I will say. I will not trouble you yourself. This thing we want is not a small thing, it is a great thing."
Chief Albert Nelson,
Sm'ooygit Nisho'ot, Ganhada (Raven Clan), Gitzaxlaalth, and also Sm'ooygit Niswaksinaalth, Ganhada (Raven Clan) Gitlaan,