Trudeau to visit Tsilhqot’in title lands Friday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Tsilhqot’in title lands on Friday, according to a statement issued by the Tsilhqot’in National Government.

The prime minister will be visiting the “Tsilhqot’in Territory for the first time in history,” according to the statement. “He will be addressing the people, recognizing our six Tsilhqot’in War Chiefs as heroes. He will be exonerating them of any wrongdoing, stating that they were not guilty of any crimes.”

More than 150 years ago six chiefs were lured to Quesnel under the pretence peace talks with the colonial government. They were arrested and subsequently hanged for a Tsilhqot’in raid on a road-building crew in the Tsilhqot’in area.

Friday’s event is a healing event, according to the Tsilhqot’in and is by invitation only. It will be held at Xeni Gwet’in, west of the Xeni band office.