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January 19, 2016

The following press release is written from unceded and unsurrendered Secwepemc Territory under the auspices of Tribal Law.

On Sunday, January 17th, 2016, the Allied Tribes, representatives of Tribes from across Turtle Island (Anishnaabe, Dene Suline, Tsimshian, St’at’imc, Okanagan, Ahousaht, Snuneymuxw, Wet’suwet’en, etc.) met at Adams Lake Gym in Secwepemculecw (“Chase”), honouring Wolverine’s call for a historic gathering and feast. The last time such a meeting of the Allied Tribes had been called was at Spences Bridge when the Spences Bridge Memorial Letter 1911 was sent to then Federal Minister of the Interior, Frank Oliver (see attached document). Read the rest of this entry

Gustafsen Lake standoff: protesters renew calls for an inquiry

TsPeten wolverine arrest helicopter

William John Ignace, known as Wolverine, is led from a helicopter by an RCMP officer on Sept. 17, 1995 after the month-long armed standoff at Gustafsen Lake ended. (Canadian Press)

In the 1995 standoff 400 officers confronted about 20 protesters

By Daybreak Kamloops, CBC News Jan 18, 2016

Several First Nations protesters involved in the 1995 Gustafsen Lake standoff are calling for a national inquiry into the level of force used by the RCMP during the 31-day confrontation.

Protest leader William Jones Ignace, known as Wolverine, and the Ts’Peten Defence Committee submitted a letter on Jan. 4  to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Attorney General and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, calling for an inquiry. Read the rest of this entry

Gustafsen Lake warrior granted political asylum in US wants return home to Canada

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James Pitawanakwat during the 1995 siege at Ts’Peten/Gustafsen Lake, BC.

by Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, January 15, 2016
A Wikwemikong man who was given political asylum in the U.S. following the 1995 Gustafsen Lake armed standoff in British Columbia wants to return to Canada.

James “OJ” Pitawanakwat, 44, has lived in the U.S. since August 1998 when he crossed the border while on day parole in Canada.

The U.S. Federal Court for the District of Oregon denied Canada’s extradition request for Pitawanakwat in November 2000 on grounds his actions in B.C. were “of a political character” and qualified for an exemption under the extradition treaty between Canada and the U.S. Read the rest of this entry

Renewed calls for a national inquiry into standoff at Gustafsen Lake

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Bison APC used by RCMP at Gustafsen Lake, BC, 1995.

Twenty years after a standoff with RCMP, some First Nations protestors are calling for a national inquiry

By Daybreak Kamloops, CBC News, Jan 13, 2016

There’s a renewed call for a national inquiry into the Gustafsen lake standoff.

It happened near 100 Mile House, 20 years ago.

First Nations protestors occupied a piece of ranch land they said was sacred.

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Secwepemc elder Wolverine calls for inquiry into 1995 Ts’Peten Standoff

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Ts’Peten siege, 1995.  Secwepemc elder Wolverine in centre.

This letter by Wolverine is being sent to the Government today. He is calling for a national public inquiry into Gustafsen Lake. Please share his letter to the Government of Canada calling for a public inquiry.

Under Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Canada’s largest paramilitary operation was carried out on the sacred Sundance lands at Ts’Peten in 1995. Armoured personnel carriers, .50 calibre machine guns, land mines, and an astonishing 77,000 rounds of ammunition were directed at the land defenders. A police note by Chief Superintendent Johnston stated: “There are 6 hardliners in the camp WHO WILL REQUIRE KILLING.”

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Secwepemc gather for 20 year anniversary gathering of RCMP siege of Ts’Peten

Secwepemc gather at Ts'Peten for 20 year anniversary gathering of 1995 siege, near 100 Mile House, 'BC'.

Secwepemc gather at Ts’Peten for 20 year anniversary gathering of 1995 siege, near 100 Mile House, ‘BC’.

by Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe Camp, Sept 15, 2015

We are back in range. On the 20 year commemoration of the Ts’peten Standoff, the protectors, the defenders return to remind and remember. These are our war heroes, these are our war stories, we must hear them, we must listen to them, we must pass on these things to our next generations.


Ts’Peten: 20 Year Anniversary Gathering

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Sheila Ignace, Ts’Peten Veteran, Passes On to Spirit World

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Mohawk Warrior Splitting the Sky Passes into Spirit World

Long-time warrior Dacajeweiah, “Splitting the Sky” (aka John Boncore and John Hill), of

Dacajeweiah, aka John Boncore or John Hill, passed away on March 13, 2013.

Dacajeweiah, aka John Boncore or John Hill, passed away on March 13, 2013.

the Mohawk nation, passed away on March 13, 2013, at his home in Adam’s Lake, BC.   Dacajewiah was a participant in the Attica prison rebellion of 1971, the occupation of Ganienkeh in 1974, as well as the armed standoff at Ts’Peten (Gustafsen Lake, BC) in 1995.  He was a member of the American Indian Movement and a spokesperson for both the Canadian Alliance in Solidarity with Native Peoples (CASNP) as well as the League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations (LISN). Read the rest of this entry