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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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Two arrested at Sinixt blockade on Perry Ridge

Sinixt blockade camp, March 2014.

Sinixt blockade camp, March 2014.

by  Greg Nesteroff , Nelson Star, Mar 4, 2014

Two people were taken into custody this morning on a Slocan Valley logging road, less than a day after a judge extended an injunction against the Sinixt First Nation and their supporters. Read the rest of this entry

Update on Sinixt Nation blockade of Mt. Sentinel

Sinixt winter camp at Mt Sentinel, January 2014.

Sinixt winter camp at Mt Sentinel, January 2014.

Sinixt Nation, Feb 7, 2014
Lim Limt to all the supporters and allies that came and visited us at Mt.
Sentinel. Lim Limt again for the donations of food, coffee, firewood and
money. And above all, Lim Limt to all the stories and laughs shared around
the fire. Read the rest of this entry

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

Sinixt Nation receives Notice of Trespass on “Crown Land”

On July 16 2013,  Two RCMP officers, one verified as being from the RCMP “ESinixt Protection-Camp Division” Major Crimes Section and two Ministry of Natural Resources enforcement officers come to “talk” to occupants of the Sinixt encampment on slhu7kin/Perry Ridge.  RCMP inform us that anyone blocking the road will be charged with mischief under the Criminal Code of Canada. We informed all the officers of the Sinixt extinction status (which they were already well aware) and of Canadian human rights law and Canada’s legal obligations to conventional international law. The Ministry enforcement officers served Notice of Trespass on Crown Land Orders to “occupants of Sinixt Nation”. The Sinixt lock on the gate was removed and left open with a new lock put in place. Read the rest of this entry