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  • Pacheedaht Elder Bill Jones speaks to those gathered to protect old growth near the Caycuse blockade camp

    Michael John Lo

    First Nations Elder says he may not be in with the in crowd, but he's in with old-growth forest defenders.


    PACHEEDAT ELDER Bill Jones—one of the most visible Indigenous supporters of the movement to protect Vancouver Island old growth—briefly appeared at the RCMP checkpoint at McClure Road on May 18 to deliver a speech to supporters and media. RCMP operations are ongoing to enforce a BC Supreme Court injunction granted in favour of Teal Cedar Products Ltd to remove protestors impeding the logging of old growth in and around the Fairy Creek watershed. Those opposing the logging operations say that it is critical to preserve the last of the old growth remaining on the island, and are calling on the BC government to intervene.

    Later that day, RCMP arrested five people that refused to leave Caycuse blockade camp, the first arrests for the Fairy Creek Blockade movement. Two others were arrested at the checkpoint for crossing the police line. More arrests are ongoing and expected.

    Michael John Lo was recently senior staff writer for the Martlet and has joined Focus Magazine.


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    Humans need leadership.

    Bill Jones is one of our great elders. Listening to his teachings is like drinking water. I love that his invitation to come and join with our family members in Ada'itsx (Fairy Creek) begins and ends with the exhortation to:

    Walk in the Woods. 

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