RCMP Attend Secwepemc Elder’s Residence after his Public Opposition to the BC Treaty Process and Calls for Gustafsen Lake Inquiry
by Ts’Peten Defence Committee, March 2, 2016
On February 26th, 2016 at approximately 11am, 2 RCMP officers attended Wolverine’s residence in Secwepemculecw. Sergeant Frank Paul of the Southeast District Advisory NCO, Aboriginal Policing Services, located in Kelowna claimed his reason for attending was in response to the Notice of Dispute regarding the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) Treaty/BC Treaty Process the Ts’Peten Defence Committee sent on February 10th, 2016 to the RCMP and various international bodies, including United Nations officials (see February 10th letter below this one).
Sergeant Frank Paul brought with him a copy of the February 10th letter, where two sentences had been highlighted (see picture below), the first referring to members of the RCMP attending the last two meetings in regards to the NStQ treaty and physically blocking members of the Secwepemc Nation from attending. The second highlighted sentence described the violent and genocidal relationship the RCMP have had with the Secwepemc. Inexplicably, the next sentence, referring to the murderous intention of the RCMP during the Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake Standoff in 1995, was not also highlighted.
Sergeant Frank Paul went on to ask if the allegations made in the letter were indeed true, and when he was assured they were, responded that the RCMP should not have been blocking members of the Secwepemc Nation from attending meetings in regards to the NStQ treaty.
The Ts’Peten Defence Committee, Secwepemc Nation, say again that the RCMP’s actions and involvement with the fraudulent NStQ treaty process, guarding the doors to meetings and voting stations, intimidating and arresting members of the Secwepemc Nation, are grave and serious interferences by the RCMP in our tribal affairs and are being treated as such.
To be clear, the NStQ treaty, first, being negotiated between British Columbia and 4 out of 17 Secwepemc Bands, neither of which constitute a Nation and second, requiring the extinguishment, surrender and conversion of Aboriginal Title and Rights, is an illegal and fraudulent process. Treaties are made Nation to Nation and must not extinguish our inherent right to self-determination on our Territory, unceded and unsurrendered. The NStQ Treaty and the RCMP’s involvement in carrying out the Treaty process is in violation of the Tribal Laws of the Secwepemc Nation, of International Law, including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Canada is signatory and finally, even to the laws and precedent of the Canadian state.
Additionally, it is important to note, that the millions of dollars spent over the decades negotiating the NStQ Treaty comes directly from the theft of our Lands and the genocide of our People. This treaty process is truly repulsive and must not be allowed to continue, and certainly the RCMP must not continue to involve themselves so deeply and dangerously in such matters that do not concern them.
We continue to actively monitor this situation and the continuing violations of our inherent rights and responsibilities on our Territory by the RCMP and will continue documenting and reporting these violations to international and domestic officials and bodies as well as to the greater public to ensure the RCMP are not continuing to violate our rights, sovereignty and tribal processes.
Ts’Peten Defence Committee, Secwepemc Nation
February 10th Letter to the RCMP:
To: RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, RCMP Northern Divisions
CC: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur of Indigenous Peoples, Ed John, North American Representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, Jose Francisco Cali Tzay, Chairman CERD Committee
NOTICE OF DISPUTE RE: NSTQ TREATY PROCESS
The February 11th northern Secwepemc vote on the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) Treaty is a violation of our Human Rights and Indigenous Right to Self-Determination as enshrined in International and Domestic Law.
Members of the RCMP have attended the last two meetings in regards to the NStQ treaty and physically blocked members of the Secwepemc Nation from attending. This is a grave and serious interference by the RCMP in our tribal affairs and is being treated as such. This kind of direct participation and interference by the RCMP in our affairs marks the active complicity of the RCMP in a fraudulent, illegal and genocidal process of land dispossession and displacement of our People.
This Treaty is in dispute, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau along with other government officials such as the Minister of Justice/Attorney General Jody Wilson and Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett have been notified of this along with the United Nations Special Rapporteur of Indigenous Peoples as well as members of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the Chairman of the CERD Committee.
In the short history of our Nation’s interactions with the RCMP, we have been harassed, assaulted, imprisoned and even removed from our own Lands when we have attempted to address the yet unanswered and unsettled question of unceded and unsurrendered territory and jurisdiction. This is the same Territory in which the RCMP attempted to murder 18 members of our Nation at Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake in 1995 when we, as our ancestors did, stood in defence of our Sacred Grounds and our People.
We are actively monitoring this situation and the continuing violations of our inherent rights and responsibilities on our Territory by the RCMP and will be documenting and reporting these violations to international and domestic officials and bodies as well as to the greater public to ensure the RCMP are fulfilling their duties to protect us instead of violating our rights, our sovereignty and our tribal process.
Ts’Peten Defence Committee, Secwepemc Nation
Kanahus Manuel 250 299 1859
Anushka Azadi 403 998 0432
Posted on March 2, 2016, in State Security Forces and tagged #gustafsenlakeinquiry, BC treaty process, Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw, RCMP, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Secwepemc, ts'Peten, Ts’Peten Defence Committee, Wolverine. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.