Episode 2 – We are the People of the River: Post-Contact Fishing in Context
Guests: Xwelíqweltel, Grand Chief Steven Point
When the Europeans arrived in the 1800s, they considered the People of the River as the owners of the land and the fish in the river. The Stó:lō traded with those who first arrived and helped create new products and markets for the Hudson Bay Company, who were originally interested in fur. Since that early time, the colonial government has imposed ever increasing rules to restrict Stó:lō access to the fish in Stó:lō territory. Xwelíqweltel, Grand Chief Steven Point discusses this history and why the Stó:lō people need to understand the past in order to move forward.
Satsan, Herb George, Hereditary Chief of the Frog Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation
Xwelíqweltel, Grand Chief Steven Point
“People take off their Indian Act hat and it’s quite dynamic and amazing to observe and be a part of. And then they put on their inherent right blanket, their robe of power. And then they start talking about, okay, now this is what we need to do together,” says Satsan in this far-reaching conversation with Grand Chief Steven Point. The pair spoke during our Light the Fire video series in April 2022 and we’ve condensed the talk a bit, but this podcast still covers so much including, our inherent right to self-government, the impact of the Indian Act, the push to revise the Canadian Constitution to recognize Aboriginal and Treaty Rights, Indigenous Rights Court Cases and more.