‘The Giveaway Continues’

The government is now starting to turn private land over to Aboriginal Bands – something they promised would never happen. They can’t ever be honest about the cost of so-called ‘reconciliation’.

P.S. How do we know this land wasn’t originally stolen from another tribe?

“Nearly 7,800 hectares of ranch lands, along with grazing licences for 56,000 hectares of land, are being ‘returned’ to Stswecem’c Xget’tem ‘First Nation’ (SXFN) (Canoe Creek-Dog Creek) {a ‘nation’ of 810 people} as part of treaty negotiations with the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NstQ) {‘Northern Shuswap Tribal Council’, a lobbying organization}

Photo: Williams Lake Tribune

Our ancestors would be pleased with the {free} acquisition of the BC Cattle Company,{I’ll bet!}

–Kukpi7 Hillary Adam, Stswecem’c Xget’tem ‘First Nation’.

Our Elders brought the land issue forward to governments many times over the years, but it always fell on deaf ears. Our resolve to acquire this land has never wavered, even after we learned the ranch sold earlier this year to a private purchaser. We never gave up hope that it would be ours someday and today with Stswecem’c Xget’tem as the new owners, we have something to celebrate.”

“Kukpi7 Adam continued:

The concept of acquiring fee simple lands like ranch lands is not new to us. In 2008, Stswecem’c Xget’tem pursued the Circle S Ranch as part of the treaty land package, but at that time fee-simple lands were off the table, non-existent in the government’s mandate. Fast forward to 2022. Times have changed (!}. Today, we’re witnessing a giant step in reconciliation with the provincial government, reconciling past injustices by returning land that was taken from us years ago. We’ve also witnessed reconciliation by an individual, Ross Beaty, and that makes us hopeful that individuals will recognize they can choose to play a part in reconciliation.”

“Ross Beaty, a Vancouver geologist, has sold the BC Cattle Co. Ranch, along with its cattle ranching company for $16 million to the Province for SXFN. The sale of the ranch demonstrates a flexible approach to treaty making with economic benefits for the whole region {Such as …?}.

“Last spring, Beaty purchased the ranch from the previous longtime owners with the intent to restore the lands back to their original, ‘pre-colonial’ ecology {Was he taking out all of the roads?}. When he learned about provincial discussions with the ‘Nation’ to purchase the same lands for the past three years, he decided to sell the ranch.

My intention on buying the BC Cattle Company ranch lands was to conserve and protect forever these spectacular lands, while operating a model biodiversity-focused ranching operation”,

Beaty said.

By transferring the lands to the SXFN under a biodiversity agreement that combines modern science with ‘Indigenous’ knowledge, this will enhance biodiversity protection of these lands, fulfil my personal reconciliation with ‘Indigenous’ people in B.C., and support B.C.’s ranching economy.”

“Using 100% of the proceeds of the sale, Beaty created a trust for environmental stewardship of the ranch lands, contingent on maintaining a biodiversity agreement between himself and SXFN.

In addition to the purchase of the ranch lands for SXFN, the Province {Taxpayers} is providing these funds to help the ‘Nation’ transition into ownership of the ranch:

–up to $2.25 million for current livestock and equipment;

–grant funding of up to $750,000 for the first year operating costs; and

–$600,000 payment for additional ranching assets, including livestock and equipment.

The ‘return’ {?} of this land to the Stswecem’c Xget’tem ‘First Nation’ is a historic act of reconciliation. It reunites the ‘First Nation’ {Aboriginal community} with lands taken from them in the early 1800s {Before the existence of Canada}. It also represents important reconciliatory action by the private sector through Ross Beaty’s remarkable generosity”,{He got paid for the land! You should be thanking B.C. taxpayers…}

said Murray Rankin, {Leftist} Minister of ‘Indigenous’ Relations and Reconciliation.

With this purchase, we are continuing to strengthen government-to-government partnerships, advancing treaty negotiations, and putting the tools for economic development into the hands of the Stswecem’c Xget’tem, whose life has always been centred around the land. Thank you to all involved in making this sale happen.”

“As part of these transactions, the Province and Stswecem’c Xget’tem have entered into an umbrella agreement that will help resolve ranching issues in the NStQ treaty negotiations. The umbrella agreement sets out the arrangement between B.C. and the ‘First Nation’ on the approach to address the treaty range overlaps within the ‘Nation’s portion of the larger NStQ territory.

“The funding, while assisting the ‘Nation’ directly in its economic goals and self-determination, also benefits the entire region’s economy with expanded cattle operations.

We’re overjoyed that this acquisition helps to right past wrongs, but more so that it will be the impetus for change and our ability to create wealth for the benefit of all Stswecem’c Xget’tem members. This is a solid step in ‘self-determination’,”

Kukpi7 Adam said.

‘Quick Facts:’

“Since 2018, the Ministry of ‘Indigenous’ Relations and Reconciliation (MIRR) has been working toward buying ranches for the four Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw (NStQ) ‘First Nations’ as part of their treaty negotiations.

Along with Stswecem’c Xget’tem (Canoe Creek-Dog Creek), which is located approximately 85 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake, the NStQ is comprised of three other Secwepemc communities:

–T’exelc (Williams Lake ‘First Nation’) {a ‘nation’ of 965 people}

–The Xatśūll ‘First Nation’ (Soda Creek Indian Band) {a ‘nation’ of 454 people}, located approximately 38 kilometres north of Williams Lake

–Tsq’escen’ (Canim Lake Band) {a ‘nation’ of 604 people}, located approximately 30 kilometres east of 100 Mile House

The NStQ are in the fifth stage of treaty negotiations with the Province and the Government of Canada.

An agreement in principle was signed in July 2018.

Learn More:

Stswecem’c Xget’tem ‘First Nation’: https://www.sxfn.ca/

Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw: https://nstq.ca/

NStQ agreement in principle:



–‘Regional partnership reunites Stswecem’c Xget’tem First Nation with land’,

Ministry of ‘Indigenous’ Relations and ‘Reconciliation’, December 19, 2022


See also:

What Is B.C. Doing?’ (Gambling Revenue) {Nov..24, 2020}:

“Gambling income that is supposed to be for the benefit of all citizens is being directed specifically to Aboriginals; this, despite the fact that when B.C. joined Confederation, it demanded – and got – recognition that, beyond supplying reserve land, British Columbia had NO responsibility for Aboriginals, financial or otherwise.”


First Nations in B.C. and the provincial government completed and signed a 23-year agreement on Sept. 16, 2020, that will see the Province share approximately $3 billion in gaming revenue…


Who Owns British Columbia?{July 22, 2016}:

We are the true owners of British Columbia. The Indians across the province own everything — the rivers, the trees, the bugs, the animals. You name it. Subsurface rights, the air, the rain, the whole shot. That’s what we mean when we say we have aboriginal title to the land.”

James Gosnell, Chairman, Nisga’a Tribal Council, 1984

Quoted in “Our home OR Native Land?” Melvin H. Smith, Crown Western, Victoria (1995)




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