Turtle Island Native Network is reporting that the New Relationship with First Nations is still alive in British Columbia.
News and Comment
by Tehaliwaskenhas - Bob Kennedy
Turtle Island Native Network
The health of the relationship has been dubious because of various setbacks - lack of treaty progress, feeble attempts at consultation,
refusal to launch an inquiry into missing/murdered women, ongoing erosion of Aboriginal Rights, traditional lands and resources, etc. . .
HOWEVER, the presentation this week of a magnificent gift to BC, illustrates the relationship is indeed alive, although not in perfect health.
A traditionally-carved, ocean-going cedar canoe was gifted by Nanwakolas Council First Nations to the Province of British Columbia
to celebrate the joint protection of the Great Bear Rainforest . . . VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/v/vyEtmyz4VKw
The 11.1-metre (36 ft., 6 in.) cedar canoe is adorned by an eagle and a whale - representing First Nations' connection to the land, air and water.
Coming together, the two images signify our responsibility to look at things from a complete perspective.
Cedar is emblematic of British Columbia's coast rainforest ecosystem and plays a vital role in First Nations culture,
the region's biodiversity and in the continued vitality of the forest products industry.
The canoe was built over six months by members of the Nanwakolas Council First Nations.
The Nanwakolas Council First Nations members are the Da'naxda'xw
Awaetlala First Nation, Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nation, K'ómoks Nation,
Kwakiutl Band Council, Kwiakah First Nations, Mamalilikulla-
Qwe'Qwa'Sot'Em Band, 'Namgis First Nation, and Tlowitsis First Nation.
The gift of this canoe commemorates the ongoing partnership at the heart of the historic Coast Land Use decision.
"We are pleased to be giving this canoe to the Province of British Columbia as a symbol of the relationship that began with the
development of Ecosystem Based Management and the completion of the Great Bear Rainforest Plan," said Dallas Smith, President, Nanwakolas
Council. "While we have made tremendous progress, work must still continue in the spirit of the New Relationship - this canoe serves as a
great reminder to us all that if we are not paddling in the same direction, we will never get there.