May 25/98: NYM release on occupation of Westbank Band

NATIVE YOUTH MOVEMENT PROTEST BC TREATY COMMISSION PROCESS:

WESTBANK FIRST NATION ADMINISTRATION OFFICES

Native Youth Movement
Press Release
May 25, 1998

As a result of a four day gathering on the Native Youth Movement in Westbank, we the youth of the Okanagan Nation have decided to stage a protest by "occupying" the offices of the Westbank Indian Band. (aka Westbank First Nation)

We demand that all levels of government immediately terminate the fraudulent and illegal British Columbia Treaty Process!!!

We young people fully understand that the BC Treaty process was designed to dispossess us youth of our aboriginal title to our lands and our inherent rights to the resources contained within our territories. The Chief and Council of the so called Westbank First Nation have no right to negotiate away our aboriginal title and rights.

Our Okanagan Nation Tribal Lands belong to us, the youth, and to the future generations of our Okanagan People from now until the end of time.

No single "Band" or so-called, self-appointed "First Nation" has the right to "sell out" our inheritance or birthright. We were put on Mother Earth to protect the land and rights of the people of the entire Okanagan Nation.

We have called on our Brothers and Sisters in the Native Youth Movement to support us in our action. Any attack on our rights is also an attack on their rights. All Native Youth have an undeniable right to fight to protect their aboriginal rights from being sold-out by any and all corrupt Native leaders who, in return for money, shamelessly collaborate with all levels of government!!

We will not stop protesting until we see an end to the "sell-out" British Columbia Treaty Process.

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For further information Contact:
Rose Caldwell 250-490-5314
Tori Baptiste 250-490-5314
Shane Kruger 250-490-5314


SUPPORT THE NATIVE YOUTH MOVEMENT

BC Premier Glen Clark
Email: premier@gov.bc.ca
Phone: (250) 387-1715

Westbank Band Council
Phone (250) 769-4999
Fax (250) 769-4377

Kelowna RCMP detachment
Phone (250) 762-3300

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