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Snuneymuxw First Nation Chief accuses BC Ferries of ‘racist and discriminatory path’ – NanaimoNewsNOW

Jan 12, 2022

NANAIMO — The naming of two new vessels due to sail in their traditional territory was the final straw for Snuneymuxw First Nation (SFN) leadership.

In a statement published Wednesday, Jan. 12, Chief Mike Wyse said BC Ferries has violated the human rights of Snuneymuxw people by choosing a “racist and discriminatory path riddled with colonial acts.”

The declaration comes after the naming of two Island-class vessels after Namgis First Nation words, the traditional lands of whom are based in Alert Bay off northern Vancouver Island.

“These new vessels live in Snuneymuxw territory and will be used on Snuneymuxw waterways,” Wyse said in the statement. “However, [Mark Collins, BC Ferries President and CEO] choose to use and apply Namgis First Nation laws and culture in Snuneymuxw Territory.”

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