Ancient Forest Alliance presents Robert Morales, from the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group

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.  Representing the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group (HTG), Robert Morales explained their fight to sustain their culture, their land and their human rights against the large scale clearcutting and development on their unceded territories.  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 on 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 accommodate their interests with regards to these privatized corporate forest lands and to respect their land use plan.

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About Janine Bandcroft

The Winds of Change airs every other Thursday 11-noon from CFUV listener supported radio in Victoria, on the unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples. You can listen live anytime at cfuv.ca (it's a great station) and if you're able, we'd really appreciate if you contribute (even 5 bucks) to our annual funding drive.
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