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of the community of Ocean Falls
made to the entire population of
the central coast of B.C.
Most importantly and coincidentally
I knew and wrote about Ms.
Humchitt’s father as follows:
Wilf Humchitt, like Peter
Kelly and Tilly Clarkson,
was of noble descent. He was
the great grandson of Moody
Humchitt of the Heiltsuk of
Bella Bella (Waglisa), one of
the most respected chiefs on
the coast and an early and
powerful voice for the rights
of native people to the continued
use and enjoyment of
the lands and sea that they
had occupied for millennia.
Wilf Humchitt worked with
me in the mill’s stores. He
was a quiet, polite and dignified
man whose presence
respect. (p. 113)
In my book I refer to the “rich
material culture and spiritual and
oral traditions of First Nations” (p. 8).
There is a large body of written
material on Indigenous issues
relating to coastal B.C. Some of it is
mentioned in the bibliography.
While the 1996 Report of the Royal
Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
and the 2015 Truth and Reconciliation
Commission Report should be
read by anyone with an interest
in this important issue, we, as
lawyers, should recognize that
there are may facets to this contentious
topic. It should be the subject
of informed discussion, not
I suggest that the letter writers
venture to the Shearwater General
Store or the Old Bank Inn in Ocean
Falls to buy a copy of my book.
Alternatively, they can order it
online at <www.oceanfallsbook.
com>. I would welcome their comments
once they have read it. They
may find that instead of reinforcing
themes of “colonial dispossession”,
“distressing … ‘Drunk Indian’
tropes” and “Indigenous outsiders”,
the book provides a respectful perspective
of a time when many
Indigenous and non-Indigenous
people lived together in close proximity
and relative harmony.
R. Brian McDaniel