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The following input and submissions were gathered by the commission through public hearings held in 29 communities throughout B.C. from September to November 2014. The public also provided input through the online submission form, by email and by mail to be reviewed and considered as the commission develops a Preliminary Report for further public input.
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    James Hobart, Spuzzum
    2014-11-13

    November 13, 2014

    B.C. Electoral Boundaries Commission
    Victoria, BC
    Tel: 250-387-1709
    Email: Don.Main@elections.bc.ca

    Dear Commissioners:

    My name is James Hobart, Chief of the Spuzzum Indian Band. We are located in between the communities of Yale and Boston Bar in the Fraser-Canyon. Spuzzum is one of 20 Indian Bands of the Nlaka’pamux Nation situated in British Columbia.

    Our communities were separated into two parts 2009 when the electoral boundaries were re-drawn into Chilliwack-Hope and Fraser-Nicola. Spuzzum, Boothroyd, Boston Bar and Yale Indian Bands were taken out of the Yale-Lillooet constituency and placed with Chilliwack, with which we do not have anything in common. We were not consulted by anyone, and it did not sit well with our membership that we were separated from the rest of the Nlaka’pamux people.

    The Nlaka’pamux Nation territory extends from Hope, the Fraser Canyon to north of Lytton, and to the east toward Ashcroft along the Thompson River, south through the Nicola and Similkameen Valleys and across the border into the United States. All our historic, cultural, economic, and language ties extend to the north and eastward. We live in an economically-depressed area of the province and have much in common with the other Nlaka’pamux First Nations and Non-Aboriginal communities of the current Fraser-Nicola constituency. We do not receive the same attention the city of Chilliwack receives from higher levels of government. This was not the case prior to 2009.

    As Chief of the Spuzzum Indian Band, I ask this Boundaries Commission to reverse the erroneous decision in 2009 to remove our four Nlaka’pamux Indian Bands from the rest of the Nlaka’pamux Nation. We share a common interest with the other Nlaka’pamux Indian Bands, and our community interests should be protected. I ask the Commission to re-unite the four Bands in the Fraser Canyon with the rest of the Nlaka’pamux Nation in the Fraser-Nicola constituency.

    The views of municipal leadership should not super-cede the views of Aboriginal leaders as they did in 2009. Aboriginal people only ask for equality on behalf of our members.

    I realize the Commissioners have a tough task ahead of you. I thank you for your consideration.

    Sincerely,

    James Hobart
    Chief, Spuzzum Indian Band



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