Globe and Mail on Maiyoo Keyoh Blockade

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Keyoh Holder, Sally Sam at ancestral village of Susk’uz

Each extended family had their own village on their Keyoh. Susk’uz is the name of the village where Sally’s grandparents lived in pit houses. Susk’uz is also the location of Sally’s family’s grave yard. Susk’uz was the family’s main village site, along with a number of camps on the Maiyoo Keyoh. Other families had their own village and country or territory called a keyoh. Each family have historic rights to hunt, trap and fish with exclusive use and occupancy of their territory, use by others is by permission.


Land Use and Occupancy Study

In 2001 the Maiyoo Keyoh set out to demonstrate to itself, the Crown and Industry that the family’s use and occupancy of their ancestral family territory is alive and well.  In 2003, the society contracted Terry Tobias, Terry interviewed 26 users who mapped and recorded over 3000 use and occupancy sites.

Maiyoo Keyoh Use and Occupancy is not static, it is dynamic and in 2012 the Maiyoo Keyoh updated its use and occupancy with another 1000 sites.

The Maiyoo Keyoh’s use and occupancy is so intensive, it was featured by Terry Tobias, in his book Living Proof.  The book is a guide for Indigenous peoples, who are looking for ways to demonstrate their land use patterns, or indeed for anyone working within Indigenous territories.

Click the link to order a copy of Living Proof: The Essential Data-Collection Guide for Indigenous Use-and-Occupancy Map Surveys

Donate and help the Maiyoo Keyoh pursue their Rights & Title to protect the ancestral Maiyoo Keyoh Territory.


Theytus Books publishes the Maiyoo Keyoh

In January 2013, the Maiyoo Keyoh was featured in this book of essays.


Dr. Wilcock and Jim Munroe discuss the aboriginal non-spatial relationships which must be considered by NRM managers

“For the Maiyoo Keyoh, the sites of significance tell a story of spatial connection – a pattern of use which conveys how the sites are connected. Far from being separate entities, the sites of significance are literally created by the environment around them. The trails are a clear example of spatial connection as well as human-nature ontological inseparability of time:”

Joining the dots: developing methodologies of communication in environmental decision-making is one of 17 essays in this collection.

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