I got up and spoke for my family to get Somena Estates back! I took a verbal beating on the floor! Ex elective Chief Harvey Alphonse got up and tore into me, along with his family. Though they were arguing against each other for a couple acres of lands, they all turned on me like barking dogs. I took it and tried to keep talking about the owners of the lands and families it belonged to, right to the bitter end. Harvey got up and stole the microphone away from me. Then my son got up and tore into him. It was a hard meeting. The gloves were off! If you ever been to an Indian Lands meeting, believe me its not for the weak or faint of heart! My cousin took me out for lunch the next day, and said "Sharon I am so proud of you" I said "for what, I didn't do anything" ..."they kicked me out of the room, with my elders because Harvey was crying around on the floor" and she said "because your strong, your strong enough to get up by yourself and speak the truth, and I am just proud of you"...I couldn't believe how kind she was, words of kindness, yet I don't think I phased the Cowichan Band lands investigators one bit at the table. My family took a beating, from elective and administration from the internal Cowichan Band Lands policy, from drifters and non-native peoples that legally steal our lands (within). My families been though so much; so have I!!! They are a shameless lot! Those land thieves, I wish they would pack up and go back to their reserve, their countries, and leave us alone in peace, and stop stealing multi-millions through their ghost businesses. They sold so much of my families lands, stole so much money. I am just tired of them, and just dirty down tired from this fight. No money, sorry poor raggedy ass broke now, but this is only the beginning and I am gonna drag my raggedy poor ass, broke and hungry to the bitter end of this land fight, to take my families lands back! They aren't Cowichan, they aren't even Native! Watch me! Those dirty colonial thieves pretending to be Indian. That is how I feel today, and I am tired. But everyday, I keep getting up and keep saying I am happy its a beautiful day under the Creator. When your not afraid to die, your not afraid to speak the truth either! They are dirty ass thieving people, stealing all the Hereditary Chiefs children and putting them all in foster care, one generation to the next; just making me madder! When I am mad I just work harder! This is my "Leap of Faith" and I pray for the day we get our justice even though its so darn slow. Five years of land and financial research, those dirty cowards; Harvey not even a man, just a thieving sell-out, drug addict and a big cry baby! Narcissistic child, not even a man! I made two men cry (land investigators for Cowichan) and leave the table when I went backwards on lands and land owners; and Harvey had a big ol' tantrum in front of everyone! He isn't an Elective Chief anymore - and he can't get his hands on our money anymore! Well, well, well, whose weak now! I may be poor, sorry ass hungry, but I am still gonna get up and fight for my family. Dirty shameless peoples, pushing my family into poverty and stealing our lands through their made-up land policies at band level to steal it! I thought you would like to know, this fight is the fight of my life! My intellectual and cultural abilities are pushed over the max. I keep praying everyday when I wake, and they won't kill my spirit! But, if that is all I have left and the truth, this is my "leap of faith" then I leap with profound spiritual faith in my heart! I walk in the path the Creator has put in front of me! I am unafraid....
We are a Matriarchal Society, longhouse and Coast Salish Peoples
After using foreign elections to place a paper Chief, our Hereditary Chiefs have been pushed into deep poverty with our lands systemically becoming stolen over 60 years
Our culture and longhouse ways have become seriously bastardized over the last 60 years
Our Hereditary Chiefs and their families are pushed into silence
Please help, donate and support our fight for our cultural and inherent rights on our lands and territory, before we become wiped out,