?Akisq?nuk First Nation reaches settlement on Elkhorn Ranch Specific Claim

By Julia Archelene Magsombol Local Journalism Initiative Reporter After 140 years, ?Akisq?nuk First Nation reached a settlement with Canada regarding the Elkhorn Ranch, 320 acres (129 hectares) of land in Windermere Creek. The Pioneer spoke to ?Akisq?nuk First Nation’s Chief Donald Sam, and Lands, Resources and Infrastructure Director Lorne Shovar. “The land was used traditionally for various things: harvesting animals, getting water from a creek in the lake, and so on, additionally there were cabins and corrals that were occupied by ?Akisq?nuk members” said Shovar. Chief Sam added, “The Lands are not just the not just dirt you can hold in your hand, but it’s so much more. In our language we call it ?akxam?is q?api qapsins which means, really everything. We refer to it as all living things.” And…

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