General News · 21st January 2013
Norman Harry Sr (TLA KWA SKE)
The Klahoose First Nation would like to invite all people to support and participate in an Idle No More event on Tuesday January 22nd here on Cortes Island.
The rally will take place at the ferry docks in Whaletown from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. The ferry, and cars entering and leaving the ferry, will not be impeded and the event will be peaceful and respectful. The Klahoose people would like to make it clear that everyone is welcome to be involved as we feel that the matters concerned really affect everyone living here.
We would like to apologize in advance to anyone on Cortes who is inconvenienced tomorrow, still we feel it is important for us to engage in this action. Allow me to express as an individual what I believe is the focus of our people here.
I believe The Klahoose First Nation is in solidarity with the vision of IDLE NO MORE which !!revolves around Indigenous Ways of Knowing rooted in Indigenous Sovereignty to protect water, air, land and all creation for future generations. Specifically here on Cortes, we are concerned with maintaining our lands, our culture and our language, recovering from the past hurts of the residential schools, and looking to protect the environment that will exist for our children in the future.
In this way, we are concerned by the rising costs of the ferries which are our highway, committed to sustainable forestry and the survival of the animal spirits that dwell in the woods, and completely against any future oil pipeline due to the threat it poses to the bounty of the ocean.
We hope to see you tomorrow.
The writing of this article was assisted by Mario de Rose.