Sto:lo Reject Yale Treaty - Advisory for Friday June 21
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Sent: June-19-13 8:47 AM
Subject: Sto:lo Reject Yale Treaty - Advisory for Friday June 21
MEDIA ADVISORY: Friday June 21, 2013
St�:l� To File Statement of Claim in BC Supreme Court
FRIDAY JUNE 21, 10:00 � 11:00
BC Supreme Court � 800 Smithe Street, Vancouver BC
In attendance: Grand Chiefs from the Sto:lo Tribal Council and Sto:lo Nation joined by members of the Sto:lo community
The St�:l� people reject Canada and BC decision
to give exclusive title of 5 Mile Fishery to Yale First Nation
The Yale First Nation is, without question, a St�:l� community and is entitled by virtue of their collective rights and title to enjoy the area known as the 5 mile fishery. The evidence is undeniable. Unfortunately their treaty will grant them constitutionally protected authority to gate-keep an area that has for thousands of years belonged to all of the St�:l� people. This is unacceptable and will result in harmful conflict between First Nations as well as non-Aboriginal people. The Governments of Canada and BC are prepared to compromise the rights and title of the St�:l� � almost 10,000 people � in order to demonstrate that the treaty process is working. There are fewer than 200 members of the Yale First Nation.
�This is a divide and conquer strategy by the Federal and Provincial Governments and will result in conflict between Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people. All we are asking for is that the 5-mile fishery be a protected area where all St�:l� including Yale could continue to exercise their rights in perpetuity. We have a long standing history of protecting our lands and rights. Our people are united and will not stand by and let this happen.� Grand Chief Doug Kelly, St�:l� Tribal Council.
�Treaties were meant to bring certainty and harmony for First Nation and non-First Nation people. The Yale treaty totally misses the mark in that regard and worse yet establishes a harmful precedent for all remaining treaty tables in BC. You have 68 people who voted in favor of a treaty for Yale that will essentially rob or steal the rights of a collective group of almost 10,000 St�:l� people. There is something fundamentally wrong with this. All parliamentarians must take ownership of their decision to ignore the sensitive issues surrounding the Yale treaty and will be held accountable for any conflict that arises.� Grand Chief Joe Hall, St�:l� Nation
For more information and to arrange interviews please contact:
Ernie Crey 604-819-7981
Video footage of 5 mile fishery available upon request � as well as opportunity to visit the area with Sto:lo Grand Chiefs in the coming weeks.
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