We do not know his name: Klatsassin and the Chilcotin War

The Chilcotin War Today

[ Tsilhqotin War Song, Tsilhqotin War Song sung at Lhatassain (Klatsassin) Memorial Day, October 26, 2003 at Fish Trap, Liam Haggerty, Copyright Great Unsolved Canadian Mysteries Project  ]

If you go into Tsilhqot’in territory today, you will find that the Chilcotin War is as fresh in people’s minds as if it happened last year. It is not just about the past; it is also about the relationship between today's Tsilhqot’in and the immigrant population.

The province of British Columbia had its own questions about the relationship between the province and the Aboriginal people of the area. Numerous complaints about the treatment of the Tsilhqot'in by the police, the justice system, and the government more generally, prompted the government to initiate the Cariboo-Chilcotin Justice Inquiry in 1993. One of the responses of the province to the inquiry's findings was an apology for the hangings of the Tsilhqot’in chiefs.

This apology and the dedication of an accompanying monument at the site of the hangings on their anniversary date in 1999 sparked the annual Klatsassin Memorial Day, a holiday and ceremony among the Tsilhqot’in which rotates annually among the Tsilhqot’in communities.

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