We, the shíshálh Nation, openly and publicly declare that we have Aboriginal Title and Aboriginal Rights to our Territory, including the lands, waters, and resources that have been ours since time immemorial. We have been given the responsibility from the Creator to care for our Territory. Our Territory sustains our people, maintains our indigenous way of life, and is integral to our identity as shíshálh. We have always governed ourselves and our Territory, and have never relinquished our authority or jurisdiction over such. We assert our collective right to live as a distinct people.
- shíshálh Nation Declaration
The shíshálh Nation Declaration affirms our Title and Rights to our Territory, our
jurisdiction and authority to determine the use of our Territory, and the centrality of our shíshálh customary laws, traditions, needs, and aspirations.
This policy is one part of implementing our Declaration, and is an exercise of our inherent Title and Rights. Through this policy we state the vision, principles, and requirements which guide shíshálh decisions concerning lands and resources in our Territory. It is developed to reflect and carry forward the sacred trust we hold for current and future generations of the shíshálh People, in a manner which respects our Title and Rights, international legal standards, and the common law.
This policy also outlines the expectations and direction for the Crown, proponents, and all others who seek to use the lands and resources of our Territory. Both the Crown and proponents seeking to use those lands and resources, and to engage in consultation and accommodation with us as shíshálh moves through our decision-making process, should fully familiarize themselves with this policy, and its expectations and directions.
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