We add our voice to those calling for an independent inquiry into the actions of the Canadian Government, the British Columbia Government and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during the standoff with indigenous people and their supporters at Gustafsen Lake in Canada in 1995. This inquiry must be independent, impartial, third-party. Perhaps this is only possible in an international context.
We are also very concerned about the treatment by the British Columbia courts of the lawyer Dr. Bruce Clark who was the counsel of choice to some of the indigenous people concerned.
We are also aware that the Shuswap Nation elder Wolverine (William Jones Ignace) remains in prison at the Matsqui Institution. He should be released immediately. He is a political prisoner, a grandfather, and an important member of his community. We hope that he will be able to return soon to his family and his organic farm.
Pacific Human Rights