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‘A great many’ Stó:lō boys kidnapped during B.C.’s Gold Rush

Stolo terry-horne-carving

Terry Horne’s carving honouring the lost boys is now placed at the Chawathil First Nation’s Telte-Yet Campgrounds near Hope, B.C. (Terry Horne)

Canada 150 project unites historian and carver to tell nearly forgotten story of lost boys

CBC News, August 19, 2017

The Fraser River gold rush of 1858 brought disease and hardship to First Nations, but it also included the devastating loss of many young Stó:lō boys who were kidnapped and taken to the United States. Read the rest of this entry

Chilliwack First Nations bands reject Kinder Morgan cash

Kinder Morgan break logo 5Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe members vote ‘no’ to mutual benefits agreement for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

by Paul Henderson, The Chilliwack Progress, April 28, 2017

The vote was close and turnout was low but years of consultation has culminated in a group of local Sto:lo bands rejecting a mutual benefits agreement as part of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations say they have the power to stop Trans Mountain expansion

kinder-morganFirst Nations say the courts, not the NEB or cabinet, will decide on the controversial pipeline

By Tracy Johnson, CBC News, May 20, 2016

The Stó:lō collective of First Nations in British Columbia is very familiar with the transport of oil. The existing Trans Mountain pipeline has crossed through their land for more than 50 years. CN Rail also carries oil by rail directly across Stó:lō territory to the B.C. coast.

So, the collective of eleven First Nations in B.C.’s Fraser Valley came to consultations with Kinder Morgan for the expansion of Trans Mountain with an open mind.

“We have taken time to speak to Kinder Morgan,” said Ernie Crey, the chief of the Cheam First Nation, a member of the collective. Read the rest of this entry

Courthouse rally in Chilliwack against ceremonial fishery charge

Stolo Pilalt first salmon charges 1

Sto:lo elder Eddie Gardner speaks during the salmon ceremony during Aboriginal Wellness Day at Tzeachten Sports Field on Saturday in celebration of National Aboriginal Day. The day also featured dancing, a barbeque, family games, Nordic walk, archery, cultural activities, cedar weaving and more. JENNA HAUCK/ PROGRESS

by  Jennifer Feinberg, Chilliwack Progress, May 4, 2016

A rally on the steps of the Chilliwack courthouse set for May 10 will underscore the importance of the First Salmon Ceremony to Sto:lo communities of the Pilalt tribe.

The local Sto:lo chief was charged last March with one count of contravening the Fisheries Act by fishing illegally for one salmon, during a closed time.

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Kinder Morgan questions how much B.C. First Nation still eats fish

Chinook salmon.

Chinook salmon.

NEB hearings underway to hear Aboriginal oral evidence into Kinder Morgan’s proposed oil pipeline, that would cross dozens of rivers sacred to First Nations.

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