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Sinixt elder, Marilyn James, gets 14 days for criminal contempt

Sinixt Marilyn James.

Sinixt elder Marilyn James, sentenced to 14 days house arrest for defending her people’s territory.

by  Greg Nesteroff – Nelson Star, June 24, 2014

Marilyn James, a Slocan Valley resident and local Sinixt leader, was sentenced to 14 days house arrest this morning after a BC Supreme Court judge found her in criminal contempt, but she immediately signalled she would not comply with the terms.

“Take me [to jail] now,” James told Justice Mark McEwan moments after he finished reading his judgement. “I will not stay in my home for two weeks.”  James and Dennis Zarelli were arrested on Perry Ridge on March 4 after McEwan continued an injunction application brought by Galena Contracting, a company hired by BC Timber Sales to extend a logging road. Zarelli earlier pled guilty and received the same sentence.

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Sinixt Nation call out for support

 Submitted by sinixtnation on Wed, July 24, 2013 Sinixt poster

Sinixt Nation is being threatened with “Trespassing on Crown Land” by the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for establishing a Sinixt cultural encampment within Sinixt territory on slhu7kin/Perry Ridge. The recent treatment by the Ministry and the RCMP towards our concerns and matters is a continuation of the same inhumane processes that led to the extinction status of the Sinixt/Arrow Lakes Indian Band by Canada in 1956. Read the rest of this entry