Eliot White-Hill, Kwulasultun, Two Indians Challenge Powers of White Man / To Continue to Exist as Formerly, digital, 6.6” x 6.6”, 2020
Today is the 57th anniversary of Clifford White and David Bob beginning their fight to have our title and rights under the Snuneymuxw Treaty of 1854 recognized. They had been charged with shooting six deer out of season, while our treaty rights protect our way of life and ability to hunt and fish “as formerly.” White and Bob was the first major treaty rights case and laid the foundation for treaty rights recognition and aboriginal title litigation across Canada. Even against a tide of over a century of erasure on the behalf of the government they succeeded.
The road ahead to continue to have our treaty rights realized and implemented is daunting, but with the strength of our traditions and teachings, and the guidance of our elders, the path will become visible.