David Allan Patrick James, 22, died after he allegedly entered the band office with weapons on Oct. 14
CBC News, Oct 20, 2015
B.C.’s civilian police watchdog (IIO) has found police were not connected to the death of a man who viciously attacked the Bridge River Indian Band office near Lillooet, B.C. earlier this month.
David Allan Patrick James, 22, died after he allegedly entered the band office with weapons just before 8:30 a.m. PT on Oct. 14, and assaulted staff, sending 11 people to hospital. Read the rest of this entry
Cuts to welfare funding has created an impossible situation on reserve, chiefs say
CBC News, Oct 16, 2015
The man who died following an attack at the Xwisten/ Bridge River Indian Band near Lillooet Wednesday has been identified as David Allan Patrick James.
James, 22, died after being restrained following a vicious attack that sent 11 people to hospital. Three victims remain in serious condition.
James was a member of the band community, and had been identified as someone needing help, according to a statement released by a coalition of First Nations organizations Friday. Read the rest of this entry
Police found suspect had been subdued by staff at B.C. band office
CBC News, Oct 15, 2015
Four people remain in hospital following an attack at the Bridge River Band Office near Lillooet, B.C., yesterday that ended with the death of the suspect.
Two patients remain in critical condition, one is in serious condition and one is dealing with non-life-threatening injuries, according to B.C.’s Interior Health Authority.
Seven victims have already been released from hospital. Read the rest of this entry
Attack sends 10 people to hospital, suspect ‘restrained’ before police arrive
CBC News, Oct 14, 2015
The alleged suspect in an attack on a band office near Lillooet, B.C. is dead following a rampage that injured at least 10 people, RCMP say.
Lillooet RCMP say a man entered the Xwisten (Bridge River Band) office with weapons just before 8:30 a.m. PT. Wednesday and assaulted staff.
The Canadian Press reported that an emergency worker, who didn’t want to be named, said the man apparently attacked one person with a hammer, and when others in the office went to help they were also beaten. Read the rest of this entry
From Voice of the Voiceless, Junction Creek (Xwisten Territory, St’at’imc Nation), April 13, 2015
We have heard that Aspen Planers is going to start logging at Lac Le Mer, very near the camp, this week! We think they will be trying to start at Junction Creek too. Christine Jack who has been living at the camp is requesting support. We need more people up there ASAP!!!!
Voices of the Voiceless camp is an Indigenous re-occupation of Junction Creek area in Xwisten territory, St’at’imc Nation. This camp was set up on March 16th under the direction of Xwisten elders to stop the logging by Aspen Planers. The site of the VoV Camp is just below a heritage site that has huge cultural significance to Xwisten people. Junction Creek summer village has been a traditional meeting place where people come to hunt, gather and process food. The Xwisten people continue to access and use Junction Creek for these traditional purposes today. Read the rest of this entry
Sekw’el’was Chief Michelle Edwards says the community won’t leave the creek until their demand for meaningful consultation is met
A Cayoose Creek First Nation’s ongoing peaceful protest to protect a salmon-spawning creek near Lillooet has resulted in some disturbing threats against the community.
On three separate instances, members say they found live shells embedded in the wood used to fuel their ceremonial fire—one of them resulted in Sekw’el’was Chief Michelle Edwards being struck in the leg by a bullet. No one knows who put the shells there.
via West Coast Native News, March 11, 2014
The St’at’imc in Lillooet, BC, have been blockading and protesting infrastructure work in the Cayoosh Creek since January of this year. On March 10, the contractor deployed up to 8 security personnel from Griffin Security, clad in black uniforms, face masks, and what appear to be ballistic helmets. Read the rest of this entry
LILLOOET – Members of a First Nation in Lillooet have set up a blockade near the Fraser River district to protest work they believe is destroying fish habitat on disputed land. Read the rest of this entry
VANCOUVER – Southwestern British Columbia’s St’at’imc Chiefs Council is threatening to block a highway and rail line and “embarrass” private companies and the next provincial government over trespasses on its traditional territory. Read the rest of this entry