Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs

February 16, 2005 19:14 ET

Tsawataineuk Authorizes Camp Study at Wasi'las

Camp Study to Protect Sacred Watershed Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor KINGCOME INLET--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 16, 2005) - On Monday, February 14, 2005, members of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk Nations set up a Camp Study to protect a sacred watershed. Wasa'lis (aka Holden Creek) is in the asserted territory of the Musgamagw Nations. Wasi'las is located at head of Kingcome Inlet, near the Broughton Archipelago.

The Study Camp was authorized by the Tsawataineuk First Nation (TFN) Council by direction of the Elders, members, Hereditary Chiefs of the Musgamagw Nations.

Wasi'las is of cultural and historical significance to the Musgamagw Nations as it pertains to the Origin Story of the people that have lived there for thousands of years. A recent archaeological survey of the area revealed a significant archaeological record, including a six thousand year old village site, numerous artifacts and culturally modified trees that are hundreds of years old. Further archaeological work is required on the basis of the archaeologist's opinion that there is a high potential for a wide variety of archaeological sites and features to exist throughout the entire lower portion of the drainage.

The Camp Study commenced on Tuesday after notice was given to the road contractors on site that they must cease work and leave immediately and a blockade put in place to ensure the safety of the Musgamagw Camp Study. The objectives of the Camp Study as mandated by the Musgamagw members are to protect and preserve the Sacred area and the Archeological findings.

The TFN have agreed to a meeting with the Provincial Government to discuss the terms of making Wasi'las a protected area later this week and also informed the Ministry of Forests that due consultation was not done prior to authorizing any permits to build a road in the sacred watershed. IN: ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, FORESTRY

Contact Information

  • Eric Joseph, Chief, Tsawataineuk First Nation
    Primary Phone: 250-974-3013