Towards Recognition Of Our Inherent Rights As Indigenous Peoples
Paper Commissioned by Kukpi7 Wayne Christian, Splatsin, Secwepemc Nation
On August 25, 1910, the Interior Chiefs presented a Memorial to then Prime Minister of Canada, Sir Wilfrid Laurier declaring Indigenous ownership and jurisdiction and calling for the resolution of the “Indian land question”. 99 years later, we are challenged to uphold this vision.Starting August 25, 2009, the All-Chiefs Assembly will consider the recognition and reconciliation initiative developed by the First Nations Leadership Council and the Province of British Columbia. We wrote this paper to voice Indigenous Perspectives because we have a deep concern for our children’s future.