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Liberals have yet to ‘walk the talk’ on renewing nation-to-nation indigenous relationship, ‘Silence is deafening’

By Chelsea Nash      

Helen Knott and her group the 'Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land' set up camp on Dec. 31, 2015, to protest the energy development in Fort St. John, B.C. She recently came to Ottawa to try to meet the prime minister, the environment minister, and the aboriginal affairs minister. But got a meeting with a junior policy adviser.

Helen Knott, a Cree and Dane-Zaa from Fort St. John in northern British Columbia, and a group of other Peace River Valley farmers and First Nations peoples have decided to peacefully occupy the development site of B.C. Hydro’s 'Site C Clean Energy Project.' The group calls themselves the 'Treaty 8 Stewards of the Land' and set up camp on Dec. 31, 2015, to protest the energy development. B.C. Hydro started construction in June 2015 and began clear-cutting the land last fall. The Hill Times photograph by Cheslea Nash

Helen Knott’s blood runs thick with the history of First Nations peoples in Canada. Her great-great grandfather was the last First Nations chief to sign Treaty 8—one of 11 land agreement treaties made between First Nations peoples and the Government of Canada in the late 1800s and early 1900s when it was realized there was gold to be mined in the area and many settlers began to flock there in order to regulate the sharing of the land

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