Voices of the Earth-Tsilhqot’in Victory 2014

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Voices of the Earth
Chilcot group_NewAs a part of our Voices of the Earth project, we continued to support the Tsilhqot’in First Nation of British Columbia, Canada, in their efforts to document their oral traditions related to their relationship with the land. This material contributed to testimony in an environmental assessment of a gold mining project that was threatening Tsilhqot’in lands, and that was turned down earlier this year. A subsequent historic victory in Canada’s Supreme Court affirmed Tsilhqot’in title to a portion of their traditional territory. To celebrate these successes, last month the Tsilhqot’in held a ceremony at the site where the now defunct mining project would have taken place, and where they declared a Tribal Park.  Terralingua Director Luisa Maffi was there to share in this festive celebration.

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