June 1, 2018
Tsawout Chief and Council invite all relations in WSÁNEĆ and neighbouring communities to participate in a Paddle for ȽEL¸TOS and the Salish Sea.
The event is taking place on Sunday, September 2, 2018, beginning at 9:00 am at ȾIX̱EṈ (Cordova Spit) with a community breakfast, followed by a paddle around ȽEL¸TOS (James Island) and then a feast in the Tsawout Gymnasium.
People are invited to participate in canoes, kayaks and other human-powered water craft. Space for youth, elders and others is available in support vessels and large canoes. People are also invited to join the events on shore.
“We invite all relations to join us in advancing our Treaty rights to ȽEL¸TOS,” says Chief Harvey Underwood. “We welcome community members and allies in WSÁNEĆ territory and neighbouring communities to join us for the paddle and events on shore.” Tsawout has asserted ownership of ȽEL¸TOS, which despite never being surrendered fell into private hands contrary to the Treaty and Crown policy.
The Paddle for ȽEL¸TOS and the Salish Sea is supported by community organizations including Turning the Tide, the Social Environmental Alliance and the Indigenous Solidarity Working Group. Tsawout welcomes endorsements and support from other groups in the community.
To join the Paddle for ȽEL¸TOS and the Salish Sea, sign up today at: http://www.TurningtheTide.ca/leltos.
Chief Harvey Underwood