Treaty Cuts Into Island Land -Peninsula News

by NationTalk on September 20, 20071209 Views

Treaty cuts into island land

Cat George/Peninsula News Review
Peninsula News Review
Sep 19 2007

Sencot’en alliance take court action

The alliance of local Sencot’en speaking peoples, including the Tsartlip, Tsawout and Pauquachin First Nations, are asking the BC Supreme Court to halt progress on the new Tsawwassen Treaty. Harvesting rights in the Tsawwassen Treaty include the southern Gulf Islands, which the Sencot’en claim as their traditional territory under the 1852 Douglas Treaty.

“BC and Canada, we feel, are committing title fraud,” said Eric Pelkey, coordinator for the Sencot’en alliance, which as well as the Peninsula nations, includes the Semiahmoo First Nation in White Rock. “They’re giving ownership of our lands within our territory through the treaty process. The Douglas Treaty of 1852 is still in existence, and the Gulf Islands are part of that.”

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