1995 Standoff at Ts’Peten

1995 Standoff at Ts’Peten

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  • A man named Lyle James demanded that a Secwepemc Sundance camp leave because he claimed ownership of the land. Despite the harassment they received, the members of the camp stayed and protested against it.
  • This is our land!
  • Senior RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) officers saw this event as an opportunity to carry out a major paramilitary. They quickly took the chance to conduct a massive anti-terrorist operation against the First Nations people in Gustafsen Lake. .
  • The RCMB blew up a supply pick-up truck with buried explosives, both sides fired at each other. Luckily only 1 person got injured and no one died.
  • William Jone Ignard also known as Wolverine was jailed for his role in the standoff for 5 years.
  • 2016 January 4th William Jones and the Ts'Peten Defence committee submitted a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Attorney General and Joby Wilson Raybould calling for an inquiry.
  • Letter
  • James Ditawanakwat was William's right-hand man in the protest and he was sentenced to 3 years in prison. But when he was granted parole after 1 year, he fled to the United States of America. The reason he left was that he believed that there was a miscarriage of justice in Canada.
  • I fled Canada
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