An Indigenous Off-Reserve Reality
A Wet'suwet'en family's loss of "Indianness" over four generations, and the Canada-wide Off Reserve and Non-Status Indian
movement for survival.
The great Wet'suwet'en leader Thomas George, Gisdayway, co-plaintiff in the famous 1997 Delgamuukw decision on Aboriginal title and rights in Canada, was not a "Status Indian." But he won recognition of Aboriginal title. Today, his lands are being crossed by pipeline access roads. His grandson Ron George (Tsaskiy) writes the history of his family's dispossession, and the institutions raised by families like his from coast to coast to coast: the Native Council of Canada; the Congress of Aboriginal People; the Friendship Center movement; Native Housing; and more. The people are navigating their way towards reuniting the nations within themselves. There’s no solution but sovereignty.
This illustrated ballad describes a grandmother and child as they go out to plant the garden for their family. Grandmother brings the child along, teaching him just how to do it:
Now, child, she said,
I'm telling you
that planting is the thing.
Take hat. Take gloves.
Take tools and seeds,
and lots of coloured string.
deal with it!
84 cards depict choice, chance, and change. An accompanying handbook elaborates each card with stories, questions, and quotes from revolutionaries around the world.
"Collected Reflections, Essential Truths," will feature recollections of Wolverine, the Secwepemc traditionalist, by a diverse group of people. Wolverine influenced many by the wisdom and strength of his presence.
He is best known for repelling would-be trespassers on unceded, non-treaty Secwepemc territory, at Gustafsen Lake (near 100 Mile House, British Columbia) in 1995.
The collected writings will be a contribution to his enduring legacy, as well as a fundraising item to benefit his widow. It will be edited by Miranda Dick and Kerry Coast