Speech by Chief Hahul, Sally’s Great Grandfather at the Royal Commission

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Chief Jimmy A’Huille at the Royal Commission in 1913

“I am getting old, and I would like…to do the best possible for my people, so that everything might be made right before I pass away…the game and the fish are our  money. They are our food. We want the meat even more than the skins, to dry it for use. We know when the animals have their young, and the birds and the fish as well, and did not kill them. We want to save the game and protect it. That is how, we lived, and the game and the fish never ran short. We should have the right to hunt game at any time, as we do not abuse this right.

We knew nothing of the white men coming in…we are waking up, and we want to be make sure of our right to use the land that we required…we take offense to the white men at Salmon River. These white men in connection with their trapping used poison to kill the furbearing animals. This was a dangerous practice and a most wasteful one, and it can not be permitted. As a rule when animals are poisoned, they crawl away and die, they are never found, and the furs are lost. The birds, too, carry the poisoned bait considerable distances and it is dropped no one can tell where. Much harm was therefore done in this way. Two others from my Band went with me and saw the poisoned bait where these Salmon River white men had put it out.

I want to preserve our fishing place of on the north side of the stream flowing into Great Beaver Lake, at the head of that stream.”

Chief Hahul,  Maiyoo Keyoh, 1856 – 1918