Creekstone Press Publications
Canyon Creek: A Script
Description: Trade paperback, 8" x 8", b&w illustrations and photographs throughout
The Wet’suwet’en Indians live in and around the communities of Burns Lake, Houston, Smithers and Hazleton in northwestern British Columbia. Along with their western neighbours, the Gitksan, they launched a court case claiming ownership and jurisdiction of their traditional territories that resulted in the ground-breaking Delgamuukw decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the fall of 1997.
Canyon Creek: a script, by Sheila Peters, tells the disturbing story of the eviction of a Wet’suwet’en family from its homesite near Smithers in 1920. It has a foreword by Darlene Glaim-Buchholz (Gyologet), a Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief.
By telling one family’s story, Canyon Creek: a script demonstrates how the early surveying and mapping of British Columbia had far-reaching consequences on both native and non-native residents. It identifies the impact of Canadian and BC land use policies on First Nations communities and puts the present status of Aboriginal land claims and self-government in an historical context.
Canyon Creek: a script’s innovative design was developed collaboratively by Dorothy Giesbrecht, Megan Hobson, and the author. It includes many archival photographs and drawings by Hobson.