Island Timberlands attempts to restrict all people from accessing unceded Shishalh Skwxwú7mesh territories!

My attempts to journey to the site of destruction of the homes and property of land stewards as well as doing my hunter gatherer thing, which is kind of necessary for my survival was prevented by the same unpleasant entity that created the destruction who have blockade all access to all citizens and have been posting these signs as well having barricaded access roads. Did I mention that they also destroyed recreational bike paths and ramps as well as the homes, Island Timberlands does not want you to get healthy and enjoy yourselves on our territories either.  I do want you getting healthy and enjoying yourselves on my territories, to do so is necessary and entirely human, so go for it.

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Island Timberlands is now attempting to block all access to all people un-unceded indigenous land including a public park that the community fought hard against the logging to preserve. They now claiming the right to decide who gets to hunt and gather on our territories, apparently they are more than just a logging company, they now assume to have the right to be our overseers on our own un-ceded territories, how quaint.

But I think not, our ancestors have been using those territories for over ten thousand years until the genocide perpetrated against us prevented that from happening. Corporations and companies do not and should not have greater powers than human beings, this is looking much more like a kleptocracy than a democracy from where I am standing. Am I alone in this, is any of this feeling democratic to anyone?

To make you understand how horrible this seemingly benign act is against indigenous people is for us realize that most of the elders here remember the starvation that they endured when their families were not allowed to leave the reservation in order to hunt and gather on their own lands. They remember all to well how it felt to be confined in a concentration camp ghetto where they apply for a permit from the Indian agent in order to obtain permission to leave to be able to find food for their children. Many of my family also remember how hungry they were in the residential schools were they worked growing food for others yet only received half a turnip daily as their share.

The colony keeps playing this nasty little game, they restrict and prevent us from being able to access to our territories and then claim we abandoned our territories which makes them available for exploitation and destruction. When things like this happen the question that first comes to my mind is how vile is this going to get again, can I soon expect members of my family to be rounded up and taken away again? Will I soon be kept in solitary confinement within and again as I was as a child? Will this happen to my grandchildren? I have to admit that multi-generational terrorism is not really working for me, it is actually a terrible burden and stress to carry around, and I also know many of the settlers are not liking to have to carry the shame around with them. None if this is equating into healthy or productive communities for anyone and if this is not stopped it will only get worse and that we can not allow to happen.

We see your sign Island Timberlands and we will raise you a Canadian Constitution Act!

Also thanks for the offer but we are not currently looking for new Indian agent to issue permits and violate our rights on unceded Salish soil, we have had quite enough of the genocide. Despite what this sign says the Canadian Constitution Act says otherwise and I do not fear signs but I do fear fascism.

“The “west”-what curse has fallen upon it that at the term of its trajectory it produces only these businessmen, these shopkeepers, these racketeers with their blank stares and atrophied smiles… is it with such vermin as this that a civilization so delicate and so complex must come to an end?”
― Emil Cioran

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5 thoughts on “Island Timberlands attempts to restrict all people from accessing unceded Shishalh Skwxwú7mesh territories!

  1. Hank

    I support your claim that this sign should not be put up by island timberland. I disagree with your claim that your ancestors used this land for over 10,000 years. I don’t even know if humans have been around that long. I am also tired of land claims from centuries ago. If you look at the history of Europe, land was changed and taken away many many times. The Romans claimed most of Europe, the Vikings claimed Scandinavia and more the Greeks had more land than today. The difference was those land claims were fought with war. The north American land claims were fought with a few battles but mostly pens. Why is it different than the rest of the world. Germans can claim that own France because they took it over for a few years in world War 2. I mean no disrespect as I am also a first nations person but we must get over it

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    1. I liked and approved this comment but have also banished the commenter, this comment was liked because it is the perfect example of what will not be allowed in my space. This is an indigenous cultural space, respectful and intelligent discourse only. Rhetoric that has been spewed over every living inch of our Mother and that is enabling her and our death has no place here, nor do trolls. You are banished.

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