Cutting down life 

Cutting down life

I would like to talk about our precious cedar tree and other trees and bushes that will be impacted by the proposed logging in Blackwater Area.

Cedar tree has many important uses in our native way of life, such as smudge, baskets, shelter, fishing traps, nets, canoes, paddles, clothing, and good medicine. First, it lives. It lives to do a lot of good deeds for all: animals, birds, and humans alike. Everything growing in the forest, including the cedar tree, acts as a “filter” above and under the ground, and that is how Mother Earth can stay alive forever.

Would you cut down an old growth forest to put money in your pocket to feel rich? Or save the forest to keep all living things alive for generations to come? Because, you can’t eat money! We can live on what Mother Earth has always provided in the forests for thousands of years. She has provided foods for animals and humans.

For example, in Blackwater where the logging is planned to happen any day, the animals will lose their shelter and food source, such as the pine mushrooms. Animals cannot speak for themselves; we humans need to respect all wildlife, so we can all live in harmony. These are our Elder’s teachings from the past that we must continue to carry out for the future generations.

In the meantime, by logging Blackwater, all will be lost, impacting the province and the surrounding communities. Birds, animals, and plants in the area cannot be replaced. It is not worth a handful of money for a select few people. We are preserving our old growth trees in Blackwater forest for all of the St’at’imc Nation to be proud of and for the surrounding and extended communities and for the whole world to enjoy. Blackwater is the gateway to the Birkenhead Provincial Park. People from all over the world visit this area year round. Let’s keep this treasured ecosystem alive by using it in a good way, responsibly.

Remember, what we cut down or destroy today, we will be severing our “lifeline” to our ancestors, the source! Global warming is here, now. Please, stop this madness! Live and Let Live!

Laureen Jack

N’Quatqua Elder

Blackwater in our hearts

The Blackwater region is a diverse, irreplaceable ecosystem that is truly magical. When I hiked the approved cut BL 002 on Mother’s Day, I honoured Mother Earth for creating, “The most beautiful place on Earth.” I know why the 2010 Olympic Games are using that slogan to represent the pristine lands of British Columbia. It’s because we all are blessed to experience this divine nature that the land holds. Spring is blossoming in BL 002 and all over the Blackwater Region, which has always been dear to the hearts of residents from D’Arcy to Whistler. The forest orchids, lady slippers, mountain ash, Ewe trees, trillium lilies, ferns, moss, devils club, box wood, huckleberry, hemlock, cedar, fir, maple, birch, cottonwood and alder trees, oyster, shelf, morel and reishu mushrooms are all flourishing.

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