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Maa-nulth treaty takes away rights

To the Editor,

Re: Maa-nulth Treaty signing

April Fool’s day was such a fitting day to celebrate the signing away of more rights.

As the song says, “Oz never did give nothing to the Tinman that he didn’t didn’t already have.”

I attended the official signing, and I could not bring myself to applaud. As part of this Ma-Nulth Accord, Tseshaht are losing ground, literally. Previously occupied and still used territory are being taken away.

I am not an expert on the treaty process. And, apparently neither are the leaders that negotiated this deal.

Someone gets a lifetime of pop, some get their empties and some are left holding an empty bag.

Someday I can bring my grandchildren to the top of Mount Arrowsmith and tell them “Someday, none of this will be yours.”

The Tseshaht diaspora continues.

Val Gomez,

Port Alberni

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