COMMENTARY · 10th May 2012
If the Imperial Metals Red Chris Gold and Copper Mine is allowed to proceed it will be a death blow, a direct hit to the temple of the high Chief. The symbolism should not be mis-understood. Even the name used for this project, Chris being a shortened version of Christ, could easily be seen for what it is.
The rivers of northwest BC, when highlighted and seen all together, form the profile of a male face looking east. This image could be seen as that of a high Indian Chief or even, for a Christian, Christ.
The eye is located at the direct source of all the major rivers of the region: the Stikine, the Nass, the Skeena, the Iskut and all empty into the Pacific Ocean into Hecate Strait. The watershed source is the Klappan region of the Tahltan Nation, which has been identified as a huge coal deposit. This is not surprising as the rivers are all equally identified as being the purest and last source of the world’s major salmon rivers. Coal is the ideal water filter.
While Gitxsan fight Gitxsan, Haisla fight Haisla, Tsimshian fight Tsimshian the Tahltan are left alone to stand against the might of industry, government and the courts. These internal skirmishes have all been deliberately started to keep these people divided; a divided people are a defeated people.
In February 1991 the; Tsimshian, Haisla, Wet’suwet’en, Gitxsan, Gitanyow, Carrier Sekani, Nisga’a, Haida, and Lake Babine with support from the Tahltan, Taku River Tlingit and the Kaska Dene all signed a treaty in full traditional regalia in front of hundreds of spectators. It is time for this treaty to be put into full effect.
A death blow is about to be delivered and all Nations will suffer the consequences.
NORTHWEST TRIBAL TREATY
We, the Northwest First Nations have occupied and governed our respective territories since time immemorial. The Creator put us on our territories and gave us laws in which to define and govern our relationships with each other and with the animals, plants, lands, waters and air. We have maintained our spiritual beliefs, our languages, our way of life and traditions. We have done this through intermarriage and the exchange of material and food resources, and shall continue to do so through infinity. We, the signatories to this Treaty are of one heart in the advancement and protection of our common interests identified in the following principles:
We shall continue to practice our own tribal political system and laws, and we intend these separate jurisdictions to continue.
We shall continue to express our sovereignty as Nations.
We shall assist each other to reaffirm our continuing Hereditary Title and give expression to our rights; and to defend these against any erosion through external forces.
We shall collectively join the other First Nations' efforts to pursue the explicit recognition of aboriginal title in Canada's constitution.
We shall continue to enter into bilateral and multilateral relationships with each other to strengthen and assist in settling matters and common concerns regarding our respective cultural identities, traditions, diversity, equality of our peoples and our common boundaries according to our traditional laws.
We shall, in the spirit of sharing and co-existence, continue to enter into mutually beneficial relationships regarding access to traditional territories and natural resources. These include all resources that come from our territories.
We, as represented by the undersigned leaders of the respective First Nations, reaffirm these principles by this treaty.
Dated at Lax Kxeen, Monday February 11, 1991
A geographical location of the Red Christ project in relationship to the major rivers and tributatries of the region
A BC Geographical map of the largest rivers which clearly demonstrate the profile image of the region
This map of the first nations territories without the river highlighting
This map of the first nations territories with the river highlighting
what can we do
Comment by killerwhale on 11th May 2012
What can a individual to.