Wolverine, aka William Jones Ignace, the 67 year old Shuswap traditionalist elder sentenced to 8 1/2 years imprisonment for his stand on behalf of sovereignty during the 1995 Gustafsen Lake standoff, has been transferred from BC's maximum security Matsqui prison to the Elbow Lake Institution.
The transfer to Elbow Lake, a "less secure" camp setting, is thought to represent a concession by the authorities to increasing international and domestic pressure for Wolverine's release, and a full public inquiry into highly questionable actions by the federal and provincial governments, police and military during the largest paramilitary operation of its kind in Canadian history.
In addition, Wolverine has been scheduled to go before a BC Parole Board hearing on December 15th. [S.I.S.I.S. update: on December 15, this hearing was postponed; no reasons were given.] We realize this is last-minute notice, but please do take the time to fax your support letters in support of the release of this courageous Shuswap elder. Should the Parole Board refuse parole at this hearing, your letters will be resubmitted to subsequent hearings.
Greetings and Solidarity:
Wolverine, aka William Jones Ignace
Elbow Lake Institution
Harrison Mills, BC Canada VOM 1LO
Please be aware mail is monitored and opened
As well, we invite you to join the growing groundswell of support for a
full, public inquiry into the summer 1995 assault against the Ts'peten
Sundance Camp at Gustafsen Lake. To support the public inquiry:
Your continuing pressure upon the BC NDP and Canadian governments to FREE WOLVERINE and immediately convene the much called for inquiry, is having an effect. Many thanks, please keep it up!
"The allegations of police and government wrong-doings are so serious that
there is no question there should be a public inquiry into whether or not
the rule of law was respected."
"It's the real criminals who are in control here. The judges, the lawyers,
the politicians. And the enforcement arm - the RCMP and its agencies.
These are the real criminals because they're covering up the theft of
"The province has no intention of reviewing this matter further through a