The Haisla Nation Council welcomed a visit to the community by Tsilhqot’in Chief Joe Alphonse who was touring the area recently.
Chief Alphonse (standing centre in the photo above) played a key role in the 2014 Supreme Court Aboriginal title victory for the Tsilhqot’in which granted full Aboriginal title to the Tsilhqot’in Nation Title Claim Area of approximately 1,900 square kilometres. It is a landmark case for all First Nations in Canada.
The sit down with Chief Alphonse the morning of March 17 left an impression on Haisla Chief Councillor Ellis Ross.
“A fascinating meeting and discussion with Chief Joe Alphonse of the Tsilhqot’in. Their story is not over. Now that they are the first and only First Nation to have proven Title in Canada, they are doing the transition work to implement their own authorities and responsibilities,” said Chief Councillor Ross. “As with most First Nation leaders, they have to continue to consider economic development for the benefit of their membership while implementing their proven Title.”
“On behalf of Haisla Nation Council, I thanked Chief Joe Alphonse for the Tsilhqot’in courage, cost and determination on proving Title as all First Nations now have a path to follow if they choose.”
Ross also reflected on Chief Alphonse’s words of wisdom from the morning: “The real fight is external. If we fight internally amongst ourselves, we’ll lose.”