The Shuswap people, who remain true to the Creator and the Land of our Ancestors, seek a peaceful resolution to a crisis which has been going on for 139 years.
Domestic laws, which we have had no hand in signing, do not apply here. Tribal councils of so-called "chiefs" paid by the Government of Canada do not speak for us.
We have never ceded or sold our territory. Anyone claiming title to our stolen lands should be compensated by the government of British Columbia and our lands returned to us. The legal precedence protecting our rights as Indigenous Peoples have never been heard. We agree to lay down our arms after receiving a guarantee of diplomatic immunity from prosecution for all members of this camp, and audiences with our representative Bruce Clark and the Queen's Privy Council and Governor General of Canada. The purpose of these hearings must be a formal ruling of the legitimacy of claim.
We believe that when the true Canadian law is applied it will be clear who are the true caretakers of this land.
Percy Rosette Faithkeeper