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Ts’Peten, 1995

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Wolverine, Defenders of the Land, 1995

Secwepemc elder Wolverine (in middle) during 1995 siege at Ts’Peten (Gustafsen Lake, BC).

Introduction

In the summer of 1995, a month-long standoff occurred between Indigenous peoples & police near 100 Mile House, in the southern-interior region of British Columbia (BC). This land is the ancestral homeland of the Secwepemc (Shuswap).

Altogether, over 450 heavily-armed officers from various RCMP Emergency Response Teams (ERT), with military assistance, including 9 armoured personnel carriers, were deployed against some 24 defenders of a Sundance camp. In the end, it would be the largest RCMP paramilitary operation in Canadian history, costing over $5 million. Nearly half of this, $2.3 million, was for RCMP overtime. Read the rest of this entry