My understanding is that before the European invasion, the tribes did not have Chiefs, per se, but EVERYONE participated (or not) in their own governance. Indeed, the U.S. Constitution was modeled after the Iroquois Six Nations way of governance. Oh, the irony…now we have women whom have been downgraded to second class status, where they were once considered equals, now being portrayed as independent troublemakers instead of welcoming their input.
Secwepemc women disrupt vote for BC treaty process held by the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council in Williams Lake, Feb 11, 2016. Photo: Facebook
Feb 11, 2016
A group of Secwpemc women shut down a treaty vote being held by the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council (NStQ) in Williams Lake, BC. One person was briefly detained by police but reportedly released. A corporate news report is below:
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