The Government of Canada is taking steps toward the posthumours exoneration of six First Nations chiefs hanged by the Crown.
In the spring of 1864, the six Tsilhqot’in chiefs led the war effort against colonial wokers attempting to build a road through their territory without the agreement of the Tsilhqot’in Nation. The chiefs were tried, convicted and hanged for murder.
Tl’etinqox Chief Joe Alphonse, Tribal Chair of the Tsilhqot’in National Government, says the exhoneration has been a long time coming.
In a joint news release, the Government of Canada says it recognizes and acknowledges this shared history and, as a symbolic gesture of reconciliation, will be moving forward to offer a statement of exoneration for the six Chiefs who are well-regarded as heroes by their people.