By Emilee Gilpin
The Tsilhqot'in people are people who fight for what they believe in. That message — one that Tsilhqot'in people know well — echoed throughout the Tl'etinqox School gymnasium, where at least a hundred members gathered to send their leadership to Ottawa, in the Tsilhqot'in way.
Before volunteers served lunch and chiefs spoke, the community remembered why they were gathered on that rainy Thursday morning.
March 26, 2018 will become another historic day for the Tsilhqot'in people. It's the day the Canadian government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will exonerate the six Tsilhqot'in Chiefs of any wrongdoing.
One hundred and fifty-four years ago, six Tsilhqot'in war chiefs were hung by the colony of British Columbia. The war chiefs were tricked. Tsilhqot'in Nation had declared war, what became known as the Tsilhqot'in War, to protect their land and water from mining construction.