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June 15, 2010. Dwayne Rourke posts his videograph of Kevin Loring's one act play presented at the Grand Opening of the Memorial to Honor The Interior Allied Tribes of BC 1908 - 1922, Nkemcin, Nlaka'pamux Nation Territory, June 11, 2010.

In December 2009 the Cooks Ferry Indian Band, a member community of the Nlaka'pamux Nation, completed construction of a memorial gathering site to honor the tremendous work of the Interior Allied Tribes of BC during the period 1908 -- 1922. The Memorial was constructed at Nkemcin, on Kumsheen Indian Reserve #1 at the confluence of the Nicola and Thompson Rivers.

The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of the meeting of Chiefs from across British Columbia who met at Spence's Bridge in May 1910 and the Memorial to Sir Wilfred Laurier was created then and there. The Declaration was delivered to Prime Minister Laurier on August 25, 1910 when he visited Kamloops. The full text of the Declaration can be read at: http://www.shuswapnation.org/news-and...

The Cooks Ferry Band invited the original signatory Nations and other First Nations, as well as supporters and community members and the public to attend the celebration.

The Cook's Ferry Indian Band built the $1.2 million structure to provide a gathering place to annually celebrate, honour, and memorialize the strength and enduring truth of the words of the interior indigenous peoples. The impressive structure, was designed by Lynda Ursaki while working for Patrick R. Stewart Architects from Chilliwack. Lynda is the daughter of Don and Lorna Ursaki and Don is a Cooks Ferry Band Elder. Lyndas' design, though influenced by traditional structures of our past, embraces technologies of the present to create a place where our past and future can be celebrated. The path of our ancestors spirals out from the fire pit, where we tell the stories of our past, and follows the interpretive ramp towards the top of the platform, the brightest part of the building and our future. From the platform our history surrounds us. The structure is designed to accommodate professional lighting and audio presentations.

Funding for the project was provided by a number of government and corporate contributions as well as the Cooks Ferry Band. The Band acknowledges the financial contributions of the Community Economic Diversification Intitiative from the Western Economic Diversification Program, the Northern Initiative Trust, the Southern Interior Beetle Action Committee, Teck/Highland Valley Copper, CN Rail, CP Rail and local fund raising within the community.

A full day of events was planned by Event Coordinator Nadine Spence, (Cook's Ferry/ Nlaka'pamux) under the direction of a local Planning Committee and Chief David Walkem. Kevin Loring (Lytton First Nation / Nlaka'pamux) a recipient of the 2009 Governor General's Award for Drama, was commissioned to produce a one-act play for the official opening and for use for future performances at the site. It is that play which is documented in the video below:

June 15, 2010: Sir Wilfred memorial centennial Merritt Herald

Pride, inspiration, honor, and heartwarming are some of the words that can express the feeling of guests at the First Annual Moqw Moqwx? es peye? Wixt (Coming Together as One) Gathering held in Spences Bridge.

Hosted by the Cooks Ferry Indian Band (Nlaka’pamux Nation) the Gathering is designed to celebrate and honor the work done 100 years ago by the Shuswap, Okanagan, and Nlaka’pamux Tribes assisted by noted ethnographer James Teit in developing the Sir Wilfred Laurier Memorial document. Between the years 1920 and 1922 Spences Bridge was the centre of meetings of Indian Leaders concerned with how their rights to land were being ignored by the federal and provincial governments. The gathering was also the grand opening of the Chief Tetlenitsa Memorial Outdoor Theatre.

Chief David Walkem welcomed all in attendance to Nkemcin, the mouth of the Nicola River on behalf of the Cooks Ferry community. Chief Walkem wore a traditional Nlaka’pamux headdress and buckskin shirt designed by Councillor Pearl Hewitt who as well wore traditional dress of buckskin and woven silver willow cape and hat. Master of ceremonies Raymond Phillips welcomed all in Nlaka’pamuxcin and introduced the three traditional Stickmen Ira Tom (Okanagan), Dennis Saddleman (Nlaka’pamux) and John Jules (Secwepemc). The Stickmen carried a staff with an eagle feather and their role was to uphold protocol in a respectful manner while keeping the event going.

The Chief Tetlenitsa Memorial Outdoor Theatre structure, with its architectural beauty in the concept of a traditional pit house and open concept staging and seating leaves the mind open to creativity, which is fitting since it was named after Chief Tetlenitsa from the Cooks Ferry Band.

Chief Tetlenitsa, an original signatory, of the Sir Wilfred Memorial was passionate about seeking a just resolution to the land question and also was well respected as an orator, teacher and singer. The ribbon cutting was actually the cutting of a buckskin strand held up by two eager Cooks Ferry Band youth Jada Raphael and Cole Mckay and the cutting being done by Cooks Ferry Band elders Doreen Albert and Don Ursaki.

The next part of the program was the rededication of the Sir Wilfred Laurier Memorial originally developed at a meeting in Spences Bridge in may 1910 and presented to the Prime Minister on August 25, 1910 in Kamloops.

Dr Ron Ignace from Skeetchstn provided historical context on the Memorial and how it related to traditional stories. Noted academic expert Dr Wendy Wickwire from the University of Victoria, provided a short history of the work that the Interior Allied Tribes did in Spences Bridge and how James Teit was able to assist them in their work.

A highlight of the day was the performance of an original play by Kevin Loring (Lytton First Nation) a governor General Award recipient for Drama in 2009, commissioned to mark the occasion. The performance by Kevin Loring, Ron Harris, Kim Harvey, and Sam Bob was full of every emotion a and educational for all and utilized the actual words of the original 1910 Sir Wilfred Laurier Memorial and brought them to life.

Chiefs and representatives of the original three signatory tribes were then asked to come forward and sign the following: “We the undersigned Chiefs and designated Representatives of the following Secwepemc, Sylix, and Nlaka’pamux Indigenous Nations gather together 100 years later to honor our ancestors efforts to find a just and lasting resolution to the land question and to rededicate our efforts to uphold and carry on the spirit and intent of the original Memorial this 11th day of June, 2010”.

In addition 22 Chiefs and representatives of the Taltan, Tsihl’qotin, St’atl’imc, Carrier, and Gitanmaax Nations in attendance signed to show their solidarity. An additional 218 Inigenous and Canadian citizens signed in solidarity with the leadership, including two guests from Australia, and one from the USA. Those signing used an eagle feather pen with beading done by Tricia Spence from Nicomen that read “1910 – 2010.”

At the end of the ceremonies Chief Walkem with help from Chief Kowaintco Michel and Cooks Ferry youth presented each invited Nation with an eagle feather and a vest designed by Nlaka’pamux designer Shannon Kilroy with logo done by Nadine Spence (Nlaka’pamux). After the ceremonies a feast was held at the Chief Whistemnitsa Community Complex, named after another original signatory from the Cooks Ferry community. The open mike at the feast was a great place for stories and thanks for the day.

The Chief and council of the Cooks Ferry Band wishes to thank Nadine Spence for coordinating the event and all the volunteers who helped make the day a success.

The gathering will be an annual event with each year devoted to the tremendous amount of work done by our ancestors in striving for a just and lasting resolution of the land question in B.C.

June 19, 2010 (below) : Dave Courchene of the Turtle Lodge Speaks to World Unity and the Healing of the Gulf.

June 22, 2010: www.pressfortruth.ca posts a pre-G20 look at the scene in Toronto.

June 25, 2010: John Major Jenkins, author of Maya Cosmogenesis 2012 interviewed

Canada will host G-20 world leaders at the Toronto Summit June 26-27, 2010

"At the Pittsburgh Summit, world leaders agreed to launch a framework that lays out the policies and ways to act together to generate strong, sustainable and balanced global growth. One of Canada’s goals at the Toronto Summit in 2010 will be to ensure the framework’s prompt and effective implementation."

Below: Toronto police buy “sound cannons” in anticipation of G20 protests.

June 25, 2010: G20 Toronto -- Charlie Veitch of the Love Police

June 25, 2010: G20 Toronto -- Charlie Veitch Arrested and Luke Rudkowski Denied Entry into Canada

Below: June 25, 2010 Charlie Veitch: Arrested, Tortured, Caged by Toronto Fascist Police at G8-G20 - Alex Jones Tv 1/2

Below: June 25, 2010: WeAreChange and InfoWars Reporters Banned from Canada

June 25, 2010: Jian Ghomeshi on CBC - Let's Hold the Next G20 in a Space Station

Below: June 27, 2010. Peaceful G20 protest at Queen and Spadina in Toronto.

July 3, 2010: Crop Circle at St Martin's Chapel, Nr Chisbury, Wiltshire

July 10, 2010: Dwayne Rourke and Teresa Wild take up residence in their new home in Spences Bridge, BC, Canada.