Re: Wisdom to accept change, Feb. 28 letters
I’d like to respond to the challenge to my letter regarding my support for the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs letter from Mr. Mercer.
I have not ignored the elected councils’ support for the project. The elected councils have legal responsibility only for the relatively small amount of land in the reserves.
This is established in the Indian Act.
The hereditary chiefs represent the unceded title to the 22,000 square-kms that they claim.
I understand the blockades have had a large impact on the Canadian economy, but I support the protesters because our government has ignored First Nations claims to their land since the Supreme court ruling Delgamuukw vs. The Queen/British Columbia (Supreme Court of Canada 1997).
This ruling maintained Indigenous rights and title could not be dismissed or dissolved by Canadian or provincial governments.
Our leaders need to sit down with the First Nations and settle the dispute of the unceded lands. The protests and blockades are not the problem but a symptom of the problem.
Phil Harrison, Surrey