SURREY, B.C. - Many native nations from the lower mainland and up the coast have sent support to the Defenders. A large potlach held during the weekend brought indigenous people from as far away as Greenland and as close as Vancouver. There was much singing, dancing and laughing as the people wished the Defenders luck and promised to protect them with prayers. As more and more people learn about the issues and the facts about the 'standoff', the support is growing.
Next weekend many of the Defenders will be going to the Kootenays to speak with people attending the Music Festival Under the Volcano. Bill Lightbown, Lavina White and Kelly White will be featured speakers. The whole festival is in honor of the indigenous struggle for justice and the power of women.
The Defenders remain in good spirits and look forward to their day in court. William Ignace (Wolverine), who has now been in jail for almost a year, has in the recent past gone to the United Nations twice about Shuswap land issues as well as many other gatherings and meetings. He sees the trial as another way to get the truth out. Mr. Ignace has unshakable faith that if people hear the truth they will recognize it. His hope and his work has always been to get the truth heard and to get justice for his people.
If all you know about the 'standoff' comes from the RCMP press releases and subsequent media broadcast of these releases then you should know that even the RCMP's own disclosures to the court expose them as false. To form your own opinion, come to court and hear the truth for yourself.
The Court can be reached by taking the Skytrain to King George and then the 321 Whiterock bus.