Stop destroying our great Mother Earth

Letter by Elder Bill Jones, Pacheedaht First Nation
Cowichan Valley Citizen
August 23, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

It is with a heavy heart that I learn of the new logging road Teal Jones is pushing through up near what was known as Helicamp near Fairy Creek. This was the forest of my youth, my Mother Earth, where I would go for my spiritual needs and for meditation. This is a forest of ancient trees, the forest that nurtured me, fed me and gave me a place to be. Now the NDP government has granted Teal Jones a permit to build a road into the old-growth forest. …My heart cries out in protest. This is a violation of our rights as Indigenous people on unceded land. And now I’ve been informed that I must ask Teal Jones for permission to access my lands, adding insult to injury. …I implore the NDP government and Teal Jones to stop destroying our great Mother Earth, the forest of my culture and tradition.

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