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Indigenous Land Title Express – First Nation’s Journey for Justice

Williams Lake, B.C. (October 30, 2013):  Beginning on October 30th, Tsilhqot’in Elders, youth, Chief Roger William from Xeni Gwet’in, Councillors, honoured delegates such as Grand Chief Stewart Phillip from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and Chief Bob Chamberlin, UBCIC Vice-President, will be embarking on the historic “Indigenous Land Title Express” across the country in order to attend the historic November 7th Supreme Court of Canada appeal of the Tsilhqot’in Nation’s Aboriginal title case.  This is one of the most important First Nations court proceedings ever held in Canada.  Canada stands on the edge of a historic choice, as the outcome will shape the future of the relationship between Canada and First Nations.

Forty years after the Calder decision, ten years after Delgamuukw and twenty years after the “Constitution Express” made its way across the country, this a journey that will honour the witnesses at the historic BC Supreme Court trial and raise awareness about how this Supreme Court appeal will affect all First Nations across the country. The Indigenous Land Title Express will be making stops in every province on the way and the Tsilhqot’in are honoured to be welcomed by the many Nations who have extended invitations.
The remaining Tsilhqot’in Chiefs & delegation will be travelling to Ottawa for November 5, 2013. 


Wed Oct 30th     Departure from WILLIAMS LAKE, BC -7:30am – Ceremony at Boitanio Park
                                Arrive in CALGARY, Alberta, hosted by Tsuu T’ina Nation

Thurs Oct 31st     Tsuu T’ina Nation, CALGARY, Alberta
                                Joint Press Conference at Band Office, 8:30AM Mountain Time
                                Depart Calgary, arrive in REGINA, hosted Fort Qu’Appelle First Nation

Fri Nov 1st           Fort Qu’Appelle First Nation, REGINA, Saskatchewan
Press Conference Details TBA
Depart REGINA, Arrive in WINNEPEG, hosted by Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

Sat Nov 2nd          Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, WINNEPEG, Manitoba
Press Conference Details TBA

Sun Nov 3rd         Depart THUNDER BAY, Ontario, More Details TBA
Arrive in SAULT ST. MARIE, Ontario

Mon Nov 4th       Depart SAULT St. MARIE, Ontario, More Details TBA
ARRIVE in OTTAWA, hosted by Assembly of First Nations

Tues Nov 5th       Ceremonial Welcome by the National Chief, Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
Details TBA

Thurs Nov 7th          Supreme Court of Canada Hearing
301 Wellington St., Ottawa K1A 0J1

Media Contacts:      
Interviews with the Title Express participants, including Chief Roger William, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip and Chief Bob Chamberlin can be arranged through Xeni Gwet’in Councillor Loretta Williams (250-267-4373).
Interviews with Tsilhqot’in Tribal Chair,   Chief Joe Alphonse, can be made directly – 250-305-8282 (cell)

Posted by: Admin. Wednesday Oct 30, 2013 16:05
Categories: aboriginal, Court case | Tags: activism, Ottawa, rights and title, Tsilhqot'in, Xeni Gwet'in

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