Updated: Feb 7th 2021 (see addendum)
Before I post this story I wanted to say we sat back on this national news story for more than 24 hours hoping the national press would do their jobs, and yes we know they were notified. That said I can only surmise they did not run it for racist reasons or fear of being labeled racist for running it. Nonetheless its a story of both national interest and importance.
So I have to bounce around a bit due to legalities in regards to what I say and how I say it.
Here is what we know so far, we know the name of the people involved but for now will withhold her name as a courtesy of being a victim in this. This lady claims that a very intoxicated male was staggering down the street, came to her residence and shot her dog. That person is allegedly Chief Na’Mox also known as John Ridsdale. We are unclear about why he did this other than part of the conversation was about a dog barking at around 12:30 am. This incident occurred in the Hazelton area, in particular it was in the Hagwilget village on reserve land.
Allegedly based on her comments, police arrived after being called and entered John Ridsdale’s home where he was arrested and allegedly all his guns were taken by police. We have no information of if these guns were properly stored or if John had proper licensing to have them.
The dog died despite being rushed to a veterinary clinic. They did try to save it, but the dog died due to its injuries.
As John was the mastermind and primary driver behind the stripping of titles of the Wet’suwet’en Matrilineal Coalition, three legitimate hereditary chiefs for the crime of having a different opinion on how to deal with the CGL pipeline. locally Chief Na’Mox also known as John Ridsdale was often referred to as the head of the gang of five male hereditary chiefs.
Many local residents are now publicly commenting in social media asking if John Ridsdale remains fit to serve as a hereditary chief even among his known former supporters.
Tradition would have a potlatch or public meeting at which only the hereditary chiefs would speak, nothing in hiding, open for all Wet’suwet’en to witness, however due to COVID they chose to have an emergency meeting on Zoom, however instead o making it available to all citizens they held it in private last night.
As recently as January 24, 2021 The Canadian Press was still reporting
Na’moks said he has been at home near Smithers ever since. (Actually he lives near Hazelton at the Hagwilget villiage)
Very little seemed like it could draw attention away from the movement but a global pandemic met the threshold.
Nearly one year later, talks between the hereditary chiefs and the provincial and federal governments over a rights and title agreement are behind schedule but ongoing. With the pipeline excluded from the agreement, however, tensions remain poised to rise again as work continues and the consequences for both resource development and reconciliation hang in the balance.
“We’re still in it,” Na’moks said. “It makes it difficult. Who expected a pandemic? But that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped.”
Addendum 12:30 PM
I do note the problem appears to be with the police (in regards to the story not being in the press. Let me quote ” Cpl. Madonna Saunderson confirmed the killing of the dog and said an active investigation is focussed on the “careless use of a firearm in a residential area. She said the file will be forward to the BC Prosecution Service for charge assessment, but that no futher information was available at this time.”
So its the RCMP who are hiding the names of the people involved.
Addendum Feb 7th 2021
Chief Na’Mox also known as John Ridsdale has a court date of April 23rd 9:30am Hazelton. Just what part of that is the mainstream press finding illegal to publish? Come on CBC, CTV, Global take off your kindergarten gloves an publish a real news story. You all published his anti CGL stories ,now stop the coverup and tell Canadians the truth for a change.
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He’s a sneaky rotten sod and should have his tittle stipped from him. The removal of Hereditary Chief’s title isn’t Wetsuweten tradition, but 5hos 5 men that stripped the legitimate 3 women of their birthright as Hereditary Chief’s set the presedent. Its time he learned what happens when you make up the rules. Eventually they will come back and bite you.
Thank you for being careful of what you write here and acknowledging the legitimacy and stature of the Wetsuweten Hereditary system.
Careless use of a firearm , really , what about cruelty to animals , that dog was someone’s extended family , this is a man who preached protectionism , his whole profession and title is about protecting and doing the right thing , now look at him , no less a hypocrite than our PM , Sheesh , talk about a black eye , shoots eh
Good. I hope he’s sent to jail.
There was A problem than no one was doing anything about, he took care of it, didn’t hurt anyone. In municipalities, someone has a job dealing with nuisance animals, I don’t think you have the luxury in that community.
I allowed this comment to make a point, this man posts on Facebook as well under the same name. But I am ok with that, What I am not OK with is that he left his friends list open to see, and he does not have a single friend living in in the Hagwilget village. But he does have a lot of friends around B.C. in the Green Party. As for hurting people, he did very much hurt the owners of the dog in question, and given the support she is receiving from the village, I dare say she was seen as the victim of a mad man.
This is the most disgusting comment I have ever read.. no matter what community you live in there is going to be animals near by. Dogs bark ..it’s how they communicate, you don’t shoot them for it .. if you have a problem with barking dogs then perhaps you should go live a more luxurious & peaceful lifestyle in the bush.