As First Nations, we depend on our traditional lands and territories for our very survival - for food, for medicine, for our culture and heritage and our very identity. The William box is about putting the final nail in the coffin of the doctrine of “discovery” and the myth of terra nullius. It is about affirming recognition as essential to unlocking the clear processes to re-build the success of our Nations, our lands and our livelihoods. This is about Ensuring a better future for our peoples. Today, all First Nations stand with the Tsilhqot'in Nation for the full recognition and implementation of Their rights and title.
Chief Marilyn Baptiste has been named an “activist of the year” by the Council of Canadians. She is one of two First Nations women receiving this honour this year. I am also proud to say that she is also Tsilhqot'in.