Letters to the editor 

Traditional territory well used

Re: Clean digs in Whistler (Pique letters April 24)

Francois Lepine’s assertion that there have been no First Nation archaeological sites found in Whistler couldn’t be further from the truth. There are in fact 14 registered archaeological sites within the RMOW boundary, and many more sites known but not yet recorded with the B.C. Archaeology Branch.

Prominent among these sites is a traditional Lil’wat village at Green Lake, where there is a large housepit depression that dates back prior to 1846. Housepit depressions are the remains of isktens, which are the traditional underground homes of the Lil’wat people. Unless you know what you are looking for, evidence of these traditional homes could easily be missed.

Other archaeological sites that would not be noticed by most people are culturally modified trees and pictographs. The Whistler Valley Trail is littered with culturally modified trees, which are cedar trees that show evidence of cedar bark stripping from over 150 years ago. And when heading north from Whistler along Highway 99 a pictograph (a rock painting made from red ochre) can be found on the rock face by Green Lake.

The Lil’wat Nation Land and Resources Office has an abundance of information on archaeological sites and other evidence of Lil’wat people’s past use of its traditional territory — including the land within the RMOW. We felt compelled to respond to Mr. Lepine’s letter and dispel any notion that Whistlerites were the first to inhabit the Whistler Valley.

Lucinda Phillips, Director

Lil’wat Land and Resources Office

Lil’wat Nation – Mount Currie Band

Ignorance defined

Re: Francois Lepine’s letter

Definition of ignorance: The condition of being uninformed or uneducated. Lacking knowledge, awareness or information.

With respect, I ask that Mr. Lepine spend some time reading the history of First Nations People in Canada. His remarks are completely unfounded and insulting to many people.

D. Wolfe

Mount Currie

What else can we learn?

In regards to last week’s letter about “no trace” camping techniques by First Nations, I say good on the First Nations for using "no trace" camping techniques. Let's see what else we can learn from the First Nations.

Mike Fanning


Evidence not always buried

Re: Clean digs in Whistler (Pique letters April 24)

I think perhaps Mr. Lepine has watched too many television specials and assumes that only when an excavator unearths an “Indian cemetery” or a subterranean pit full of ancient pottery and spearheads is evidence of First Nations’ occupation proven.

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