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TONIGHT! Chief treaty negotiator Robert Morales speaks on the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group's fight for their forests and human rights!
December 13, 2011
Join the Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group's (HTG) Robert Morales for a presentation about the Hul'qumi'num's fight to sustain their culture, their land and their human rights against the large scale clearcutting and development on their unceded territories.
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Cost: By Donation
See YouTube clip (3min) of clear cutting in HTG Traditional Territory: http://youtu.be/yEpuciCDCcw
The Hul'qumi'num are a conglomerate of six First Nations bands on southeastern Vancouver Island representing 6200 members in the Cowichan Ladysmith, and Nanaimo areas. The HTG's Land Use Plan calls for protection of the remaining old-growth forest in their territories. Unfortunately, over 80% of their traditional lands were given away to private interests during the E&N Land Grant over a century ago.
The HTG have lodged a complaint to Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the human rights monitoring organ of the Organization of American States (OAS), stating that the privatization and subsequent resource liquidation of their unceded territories has resulted in the loss of their culture and infringed on their human rights.
The Ancient Forest Alliance is supporting the HTG's call for the BC government to consult and accomodate their interests with regards to these privatized corporate forest lands and to respect their land use plan.
Please come out and bring friends for this interesting and important event!