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Tsilhqot'in Journey for Justice, Parts 1, 2 and 3


Tsilhqot'in Journey for Justice, Parts 1, 2 and 3


Indigenous land
Land claims
Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia


This three-part video series tells the story of Tsilhqot'in Nation Elders as they journey from their home territory (located within British Columbia) to the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.
Notably, in the Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia Supreme Court of Canada decision, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized Tsilhqot'in title to the land. This was the first time in Canadian history that the land rights of a semi-nomadic tribal nation was recognized in Canadian law.


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Episode 1: October 31, 2013
Episode 2, November 4, 2013
Episode 3: Jan 30, 2014


Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, 2014 SCC 44, [2014] 2 S.C.R. 256:


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Episode 2, Reconciliation Means Title:
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Episode 2: Reconciliation Means Title

0:06I'm don't know
0:58this tiny case
0:59is so important it's been
1:03a 20-year plus process this lot of time
1:07sacrifices that our community honey
1:11that's a clinton nation has done
1:14to get here as this is for all of us as First Nations people
1:19this is a Mary very important case
1:22we say we we need to help we need to support
1:27we need to bring our strengths together that's
1:30what you doing that's why we're here to help as well throughout our history
1:36our rights to land in territory and invited
1:39and we know that under international law
1:42that our rights our collective rights to land and resources
1:47are part of the human rights family and there's an opportunity now
1:52for the corpse to look at giving legally fact
1:56to those rights to section 35 a hand this Constitution
2:02title is something that
2:05we s first nations collectively 603
2:09Thursday's SK feel that is so important
2:12not only First Nations
2:14old country the best you have it in the constitution
2:18and cream certain he have entitled
2:22have been the strongest nations in this country is gonna make me stronger
2:26true reconciliation has to be put in place
2:29and there's an opportunity now for that to happen you know no longer can the
2:33not recognize average right time along with him
2:37brown say that we don't exist as a people's no longer can the crown say we
2:40don't have any recognition
2:42to land in territory as indigenous peoples they can't see you know it's
2:46right in Section 35
2:47can its constitution so all this is saying is there's an opportunity now
2:51following respect your own First Nations are the laws of Canada
2:55section 35 so aberration title is
2:58that has to be recognized you know Canada is a
3:01a country that is stuck in Canada
3:05you know when it comes I was right and title always take the point that they
3:09have to be extinguished
3:10within Europe everything within seeds surrendered relinquish anything to the
3:15you know and that's something that people have to understand so for gonna
3:18collectively go forward together we need to find ways to resolve
3:22these issues

Published on Nov 4, 2013
Episode 3: Supreme Court of Canada

0:37lake and this water here is our healing
0:42Cleansing Waters of the FB and this is
0:45what we're protecting this is why our
0:48war leaders have fought and died for our
0:51people to protect these waters the
0:54waters of desi Collings eco as well as
0:57all of our waters our lands a wild
1:00salmon our wild plants in our way of
1:02life and that is why our elders have
1:05testified and proven to canada to all
1:09people that we were here and we should
1:13not have had to prove but our elders
1:16stood up and honored our ancestors our
1:19land and our future generations
1:30his journeys that so important because
2:07it's been 20 years in this country of
2:12canada the Constitution talks about
2:16average rights in title and yet that
2:18first nations aboriginals across Canada
2:21are still struggling were still fighting
2:25for our average rights and title
2:36when we look at this this case and where
2:41it's headed
2:42you know the issue of Aboriginal title
2:43is starting to break down some of those
2:45legal fictions out of that have stood
2:47withstood the test of time
2:49far too long we believe and we're very
2:50honored because we do know that this
2:53case is a potential precedent for the
2:56entire nation
2:58I pray in a good way that it it comes
3:00out in a good way because you know i
3:03think all our ancestor silence on this
3:06you know and and there was a supporting
3:08us and everybody along the way everybody
3:11is supporting us all that people let up
3:14and noticed unless you know it's just an
3:17honor to be here this we need the land
3:35we need to land for our future to go a
3:39lot of people hope I mean we're going
3:42auto-off Supreme Court care not to get
3:46and I know what the previous one before
3:50this they're introducing the postage
3:52stamp in but all I gotta say is no
3:56we already got that we got reserves here
4:00and they're all over our area and also
4:02work for us too much destruction is
4:06happening to our that and we don't like
4:09what we see so that's what we are doing
4:14their that fighting for our very
4:18existence and rights and you know it's
4:22not just just for us is for all the
4:24native Native people right across from
4:27canada right across the world
4:54this is the most important case that is
5:03before the country and so as such this
5:08is one of the most important moments in
5:09the assertion of who we are standing
5:11firm in our thailand rights and you do
5:14is all very proud by making the stands
5:16that you have and that you continue to
5:19do to bring us here to Ottawa as we
5:23complete this portion of the journey
5:27going to the Supreme Court of Canada we
5:29as people testified in this trial about
5:36our land about our ways and how we honor
5:42our lands our resources our people
5:48there's only one decision we will accept
5:53and it's long overdue in this country
5:57and that's full acknowledgment of our
6:00average and rain title
6:09I wanted to acknowledge all of the
6:25elders and traveled from Chilcote
6:28country in British Columbia to be here
6:32today a journey that really symbolizes
6:35the journey that original people have
6:37taken in the court last four years
6:41fighting for rights and coming here
6:45today chief roger taking the first
6:48declaration of Aboriginal title in this
6:51country the only acceptable decision for
6:56this including people for the elders for
7:00all indigenous peoples of Turtle Island
7:02and certainly for the citizens of this
7:05country to complete the business of
7:08Confederation for the Supreme part to
7:11take this opportunity to bring forward
7:14an honorable decision that fully
7:17acknowledges that embraces the
7:20title the indigenous land rights of the
7:24sicko Teen People in order for that to
7:28leave the foundation for true and
7:31genuine reconciliation to begin to take
7:35place this motivation was provoked by
7:43forestry activity eventual forestry
7:46activity so it was a defensive action
7:48that finding was made by the trial judge
7:50and the court of appeal so that if you
7:53like the claim area was defined from the
7:56outside in response to threatened
7:58devastating forestry of what the
8:02Chilcotin perceived to be their
8:04Aboriginal title lands it's all
8:09they need to start listening to our laws
8:11and the chance at Eastern like that
8:15that's our law out of the province gain
8:19control of the phone lands of indigenous
8:22peoples in british columbia in the
8:24absence of treaty to shift the colonial
8:27paradigm to complete the unfinished
8:30business of Confederation this quantity
8:33we asked acknowledge the centrality of
8:36land to the Chilcotin and declare
8:38Aboriginal title it's an incredibly
8:41important case not only in Canada but
8:43around the world and i was actually more
8:45broadly for the cause of human rights
8:46because the situation of indigenous
8:48peoples the denial of the land rights
8:50that the suffering and the harm that
8:52causes is one of the most crucial human
8:54rights issues of our time and what the
8:56soca latina are doing here today are
8:58advancing a standard that everybody
9:00should should stand behind hg submits
9:04that the only practical compromise is to
9:07construct a new paradigm based on the
9:09promotion and protection of human rights
9:11by integrating the framework of
9:14international law into the domestic
9:17Aboriginal rights law to provide a way
9:20forward to achieving reconciliation
9:22through more effective processes
9:26it's very exciting and heartening to see
9:30the soco team people finally get their
9:32day in court for the elders to be there
9:35for their voices to be heard
9:37we're very hopeful the supreme court of
9:40canada will take into account all of the
9:43evidence that those elders gave all of
9:45those years of trial and firm with the
9:48trial judge did several years ago and
9:51finally declare original title to this
9:54core of honey teen and so protein land
9:57setting a precedent for Canada and
9:59hopefully setting a new way forward for
10:02first nations and crown relations for
10:05all Canadians into the future regardless
10:10of what they say here we're already
10:12winners because the more issues that
10:15come down the pipe we don't get the
10:18answer we want here there's gonna be a
10:20lot more disruption no matter what will
10:24always will
10:25on this land that we don't
10:28owned it for ourselves but it's given to
10:30us by the Creator only for us to borrow
10:34to pass on to the next generation

Published on Jan 30, 2014


Episode 1: 0:04:40
Episode 2, Reconciliation Means Title: 0:3:55
Episode: 3: 0:11:52



“Tsilhqot'in Journey for Justice, Parts 1, 2 and 3 ,” Exhibits, accessed May 14, 2021,