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(November 16, 2007, Skwelkwek’welt (Sun Peaks),
unsurrendered Secwepemc Territory)
The Secwepemc Peoples will be holding a protest at the Sun Peaks Resort on their opening day, Saturday, November 17th, 2007 at noon against the Sun Peaks Resort and to call on the Austria National Ski Team to boycott Sun Peaks because of all the Human and Indigenous Rights Abuses Sun Peaks continues to carry out against the Secwepemc.
The Austrian Ski Team is in the hot spot after being confronted for their position in choosing to ski at Sun Peaks Resort rather than respect Indigenous and Human Rights. The ski team has chosen Sun Peaks as a training facility leading up to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Arthur Manuel, Indigenous Networks on Economies and Trade, visited Austria in June 2007 and confronted the Austrian Ski Team about their involvement in the controversial Sun Peaks Resort, exposing to them Sun Peaks inhuman treatment towards the Indigenous Secwepemc Peoples, whose land and territory the resort is occupying.
Just weeks ago the Austria National Ski Team opened up the ski season in Austria in a coliseum with over 16,000 spectators and viewed on television by tens of thousands more. The ski team invited Felix Arnouse from the Little Shuswap Indian Band (only representing a few) over for this event in Austria in a big media stunt to disguise the fact that Secwepemc Peoples are opposed to them skiing at Sun Peaks and cover up that they too are accomplices to these Indigenous and Human Rights abuses by knowingly choosing to ski Sun Peaks after they have been informed the truth about Sun Peaks socially irresponsibly business tactics.
NYM spokesperson, Kanahus Pellkey, stated that “We have never signed treaties here in our Territory and Sun Peaks Ski Resort continues to encroach and invade more of our land. Sun Peaks has joined with the governments of BC and Canada to bulldoze down our home and Sweat Lodges, arrest my mother, sisters and grandmothers for living on our own land. We call on the Austrian Ski Team and the world to Boycott the Sun Peaks Resort for their Genocidal practices.”
WHEN: SAT. NOVEMBER 17TH, 2007 AT 12 NOON
WHERE: SUN PEAKS RESORT
WHY: SUN PEAKS EXPANSION ONTO SACRED MOUNTAIN AND UNCEDED SECWEPEMC TERRITORY & AUSTRIA NATIONAL SKI TEAM INVOLVEMENT IN RESORT
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