My name is Annita McPhee. I am a member of the Tahltan Nation, and President of the Tahltan Central Council, which is a governing body of the Tahltan People. I am pleased to make this presentation to Professor James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, on behalf of the Tahltan People.
This sourcebook grew out of the exhibit Mehodihi: Well-Known Traditions of Tahltan People, which opened on October 18, 2003 at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA). It is the first ever Tahltan exhibit! Mehodihi means “Well-Known” in the Tahltan language.
Tahltan Nation Shared Decision-making Agreement is a government-to-government agreement between the Province and Tahltan Nation, signed on March 14, 2013. It establishes a collaborative framework for ongoing land and resource decision-making in Tahltan traditional territory in northwest B.C. Encompassing 90,000 square kilometers, the territory includes many environmentally and culturally significant areas.
The Socio-Cultural Working Group is devoting sustained attention and resources to the challenge of revitalizing our Tahltan language. There are less than 30 fluent speakers remaining. But an exciting plan is in place to reverse this trend.
We are pleased to announce a brand-new Tahltan Nation website called “Hodudehi” which means, “let’s talk” in our Tahltan Language. - See more at: http://tahltan.org/news/hodud%C4%93hi-lets-talk-join-conversation#sthash.Ya1yeKKr.dpuf
Check out the September (Ihta'igēdza'e) issue of our newsletter, including articles about TCC and Tahltan Band election results, Congratulating Tahltan Graduates, Tahltan Country Music Jam, Red Chris Update, Honouring Wenda Day and Lizzie Edzerza - plus so much more!