Everyone a Winner with Williams Lake Band Victory, Says Chief – TheTyee.ca

by pmnationtalk on February 8, 2018242 Views

More than 150 years after settlers stole their village, the band finally receives justice.

The Supreme Court of Canada’s reinstatement of a tribunal ruling that the Williams Lake Indian Band is owed federal government compensation for the theft of its village 150 years ago is “very good news” for everyone, says the band’s chief.

“All Canadians should be applauding this decision because it was a wrong against Indigenous people that’s finally been acknowledged,” said Chief Ann Louie. “And it should move us toward reconciliation and building a strong future together.”

At some point in the 1860s, settlers, in direct contravention of Crown law, displaced members of the Williams Lake First Nation out of their village in what is now downtown Williams Lake and forced them to establish a new settlement elsewhere.

The site was home to a thriving Indigenous community with its own church, several longhouses and a burial ground. Some band members starved to death as a result of the displacement, Louie said.

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