Creekstone Press

Northern BC's publisher

Creekstone Press Publications

Canyon Creek: A Script

Description: Trade paperback, 8" x 8", b&w illustrations and photographs throughout

ISBN: 0-9684043-0-8

Price: 19.95

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.