Secwepemc (Shuswap) national Flo Sampson has been released by the British Columbia authorities on the second anniversary of the 1995 Gustafsen Standoff.
Sampson, who teaches the Shuswap language and cultural practices to the children of her community, has returned to the family home much to their relief and that of the Shuswap nation.
Criticism of the authorities' actions and demands for an internationally supervised public inquiry into both the Gustafsen and Ipperwash attacks by Canadian authorities are increasing pressure upon the governments. It is speculated that the release of Sampson is in response to this pressure, both domestically and from abroad.
Sampson remains under house arrest and has an electronic monitoring device secured around her leg. It is believed that the ankle device will be removed when she has completed two thirds of her sentence. She now rejoins her daughter Sheila, her son Joseph and other friends and family on the Adams Lake Reserve.
Thanks to all those who have responded to the call for support and pressure on the authorities. Please continue to call, write, email, fax, the Canadian and BC authorities for a comprehensive public inquiry and for the freedom of the remaining Ts'peten Prisoners of War.
The petition for a public inquiry into Gustafsen lake is at: