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Press Conference: RCMP Interference

Outdoor Indigenous Traditional Training

Contact: Eric Joseph, Chief, Tsawataineuk First Nation
Primary Phone: 250-974-4224
Secondary Phone: 604-684-0231 ext.

Date issued: June 29, 2005
Time in: 13:51 e

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Environment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor

PRESS CONFERENCE: RCMP Interference
Outdoor Indigenous Traditional Training


Vancouver, BC, June 29 /PR Direct/ - WHEN: Wednesday, June 29, 2005 from 1:30-2:00 PM
WHERE: Union of BC Indian Chiefs Office
500 - 342 Water Street
Vancouver, BC

BACKGROUND: On June 27, 2005 in Vancouver BC the Burrard Street Bridge was blocked off at both ends at around 2 PM by members of the RCMP INSET (Integrated National Security Enforcement Team) and the Vancouver Police Department. Two friends from the West Coast Warrior Society and a driver were surrounded by officers with sub-machine guns and assault rifles and taken into custody but later released without being charged as all necessary documents were in order for possession of outdoor equipment and hunting rifles.

OITT is part of recommendations commissioned by our Nation after phase one of our Holden Creek Heritage Camp Study ("Blockade") in which we were compelled to stop International Forest Products from logging old growth cedar in our Sacred Valley between the Broughton Archipelago and Kingcome Inlet. Other recommendations are to finalize our Heritage Policy, seek funding for our own Land-Use Vision and further inventories of archaeological sites in the Holden Creek watershed.

West Coast Warrior Society members, David Dennis, and James Sakej Ward will be available at the press conference.

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Outdoor Indigenous Traditional Training (O.I.T.T.)

The purpose of the Outdoor Indigenous Traditional Training (O.I.T.T.) is to restore critical elements of Indigenous cultural life.

The O.I.T.T. will be held to immerse the student in a cultural environment for 24 days coupled with cultural teachings to build the core characteristics of a cultural foundation.

The O.I.T.T. will focus on identifying, defining, explaining and then experiencing the Indigenous cultural roles that the Indigenous used to play in their traditional communities.

After the teaching phase of the course the student will experience the cultural teachings by going out into Indigenous traditional territory and live by these teachings.

Indigenous communities live in a condition of impoverishment and economic dependency. If we return to the land and learn to sustain ourselves again we can effectively address many of our poverty issues. To address this the focus will be to reconnect the Indigenous person with their traditional land traditional way of life.

The majority of the course will pay special attention to restoring the role of the hunter.

To reclaim the role of the hunter, the Indigenous will be able to subsist from their traditional territories and alleviate some of the economic conditions facing them.

In re-empowering the traditional role of the hunter Indigenous people will be taking effective measures to address the health issues associated with impoverishment and an assimilated static lifestyle on the reserve. Hunting provides a great way to address health issues. The exercise that one gets from engaging in hunts in extremely beneficial. The traditional diet is far superior for the body than the processed foods available to most of our people.

The course will be organized into four phases;

Phase one - Cultural teachings
Phase two - Hunting
Phase three - Survival
Phase four - Field craft

In phase one the students will learn about:
1. Traditional nations and territory
2. Traditional society and communities
3 Importance of culture and language
4. Ceremonial importance
5. Ceremonies
6. Spiritualism

Phase two will consist of:
1. How to plan a hunt
2. Types of animals to hunt
3. Habits of the prey
4. Hunting techniques
5. Hunting methods
6. Tracking
7. Concealment
8. Stalking
9. Hides and blinds
10. Skinning
11. Quartering
12. Packing
13. Preserving
14. Cooking
15. Trapping
16. Snaring

Phase three will consist of:
1. Survival planning
2. Survival actions
3. Shelter construction
4. Fire craft
5. Water procurement
6. Food procurement

Phase four will consist of:
1. Wilderness first aid
2. Land navigation
3. Communications
4. Camp craft

- END PRESS RELEASE - 6/29/2005

CO: Union of BC Indian Chiefs
ST: BC
IN: ENVIRONMENT FORESTRY JUSTICE MEDIA POLITICS
PRD: 200506290012

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