Fish Lake area called Nabas quite actively used

I read with disbelief Doug Wilson’s badly misinformed letter in the Tribune regarding Fish Lake.


I read with disbelief Doug Wilson’s badly misinformed letter in the Tribune regarding Fish Lake, the Roger William case for rights and title, and the hearings into New Prosperity mine.

The area called Nabas, that includes Fish lake, Fish Creek, Little Fish Lake, Onion Lake, Little Onion Lake and Wasp Lake (all of which will be threatened by contaminated tailings pond seepage according to Environment Canada scientists), is within the trap-line area that is included in the Roger William case.

The Appeal Court of B.C. has entrenched, and enforceable, Aboriginal rights here.

Too bad that drumming offends Mr. Wilson.

It is, in this context, a cultural formality respectful of the process and all participants.

Xeni Gwet’in, in whose Caretaker lands Nabas lies, are a spiritual people.

If he were to attend the hearings he would learn just what an environmentally destructive operation New Prosperity would be.

Environment Canada yesterday cited “some inconsistencies in the EIS, some uncertainty regarding seepage from the tailing storage facility (TSF), the unproven nature of some of the water recirculation and some of the proposed treatment methods, …” sufficient to cast serious doubt on the ability of Fish Lake to survive after more than a few years of mine life.

It would seem that Taseko Mines Ltd. claim to “save” Fish Lake is bogus.

As to whether Tsilhqot’in people ever go to Nabas; Taseko’s own archaeologists found evidence of occupation going back 6500 years.

There is an old pit house on the island in the lake and there are graves in several locations.

The William family have a cabin at Little Fish Lake and graze cattle in the meadows.

I have attended many events there including a youth gathering last August and a Brittany Gathering.

There was an Elder’s gathering at Onion Lake a few years ago.

This area is very actively used, as it has been for many more years than there has been a Williams Lake and its Doug Wilsons.

David Williams

Executive Director

Friends of the Nemaiah Valley

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

International Women’s Day is March 8. (
International Women’s Day 2021: #choosetochallenge

International Women’s Day is marked annually on March 8

Celebrate women in leadership, March 8, International Women’s Day 2021 (Unsplash)
EDITORIAL: International Women’s Day 2021 shines spotlight on achievements, ongoing inequities

COVID-19 increased gender-based violence, economic stress, the burden of care giving for women

Amarjit Khakh of Williams Lake. (Photo submitted)

Kindness and giving, key to full life

Sierra William (left) with her grandmother Eileen William. (Roger William photo)

Xeni Gwet’in woman finds strength in tradition

Cynthia English (Photo submitted)
INTERNATIONL WOMEN’S DAY 2021: Cynthia English

Cynthia English, 30, has been working in the logging industry for several years

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
‘It’s been a good week’: Tam hopeful on vaccines as pandemic anniversary nears

Tam says the addition of two new vaccines will help Canadians get immunized faster

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Const. Allan Young. Photo: Abbotsford Police Department
Manslaughter charge laid in Nelson death of Abbotsford police officer

Allan Young died after an incident in downtown Nelson last summer

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

Pictures and notes in from friends and classmates make up a memorial in support and memory of Aubrey Berry, 4, and her sister Chloe, 6, during a vigil held at Willows Beach in Oak Bay, B.C., on December 30, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Mother of slain daughters supports recent changes to Canada’s Divorce Act

Sarah Cotton-Elliott said she believed her children took a back seat to arranging equal parenting

Victoria man Brett Andersen is asking for people’s help to secure him one of eight free tickets to the moon. (Screenshot/@brettandersen Instagram)
Victoria man wants your help securing a free ticket to the moon

Japanese billionaire offering eight people a trip to the moon

The Conservation Officers Service is warning aquarium users after invasive and potentially destructive mussels were found in moss balls from a pet store. (BC Conservation Officers Service/Facebook)
Aquarium users in B.C. warned after invasive mussels found at pet store

Conservation officers were told the mussels were found in a moss ball from a Terrace pet store.

Hockey hall-of-fame legend Wayne Gretzky, right, watches the casket of his father, Walter Gretzky, as it is carried from the church during a funeral service in Brantford, Ont., Saturday, March 6, 2021. HE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Walter Gretzky remembered as a man with a ‘heart of gold’ at funeral

The famous hockey father died Thursday at age 82 after battling Parkinson’s disease

Most Read