Last year local First Nations leaders told Trudeau not to return to this part of beautiful Vancouver Island until Canada lets them have their fishing rights won in court way back in 2009.
Well as he begins a vacation by the beach (alongside international visitors from places like Germany, France, the UK and Switzerland, who have been flooding this community as per usual), he participated in the first-ever nation-to-nation meeting between the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and a sitting Canadian head of state.
25:08 – We play you the full audio of the public portion of the meeting. The sit-down was organized in large part thank to the efforts of our local MP Gord Johns, who was a guest on the Frequency Horizon a few weeks ago for Episode 81. Frequencyhorizon – Episode-81-asking-trudeau-4-surf-funds-lost-in-the-forest-sk8-comp-report
The meeting included representatives from 12 of 14 Nuu-chah-nulth Nations on Vancouver Island.
First Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation Councillor Barney Williams gives Trudeau some pointers about ceremony protocol, before Chief Councillor Elmer Frank discusses the reasons why he was allowed back.
Plus, our broadcast includes a one-on-one interview with John Jack, a member of the Huu-ay-aht Executive Council (26:50). He talks about how special this traditional territory is to his people and highlights the hopes for a renewed relationship between Indigenous people and Canada.