Lha yudit’ih We Always Find a Way Front Cover

Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781772013825
Pages: 405
Pub. Date: October 31 2023
Dimensions: 9.5" x 6.5" x 1.25"
Rights: Available: WORLD
Non-Fiction / BIO028000

  • HISTORY / Indigenous Peoples in the Americas
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / American / Native American Studies
  • LAW / Indigenous Law
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional / Indigenous

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Lha yudit’ih We Always Find a Way
Bringing the Tŝilhqot’in Title Case Home
By Lorraine Weir
With Chief Roger William

Eight years in the making, Lha yudit’ih We Always Find a Way is a community oral history of Tsilhqot’in Nation v. British Columbia, the first case in Canada to result in a declaration of Aboriginal Rights and Title to a specific piece of land. Told from the perspective of the Plaintiff, Chief Roger William, joined by fifty Xeni Gwet’ins, Tŝilhqot’ins, and allies, this book encompasses ancient stories of creation, modern stories of genocide through smallpox and residential school, and stories of resistance including the Tŝilhqot’in War, direct actions against logging and mining, and the twenty-five-year battle in Canadian courts to win recognition of what Tŝilhqot’ins never gave up and have always known. “We are the land,” as Chief Roger says. After the violence of colonialism, he understands the court case as “bringing our sight back.” This book witnesses the power of that vision, its continuity with the Tŝilhqot’in world before the arrival of colonizers two centuries ago, and its potential for a future of freedom and self-determination for the Tŝilhqot’in People.

"A book that sings with the beauty of the spoken word as it conveys the life and death seriousness and courage of the Tsilhqot’in people … This splendid book belongs in every school library in Canada, and on the bookshelves of anyone interested in the Truth and Reconciliation process. Highly recommended." - Tom Sandborn, the Vancouver Sun

"a valuable contribution to decolonizing and resurgence scholarship" – BC Studies

By Lorraine Weir

Lorraine Weir came to oral history from Irish studies early in her career and Indigenous Studies more recently via a bridge from the Law and Society field and papers on the concepts of “time immemorial” and “oral tradition” in the Tŝilhqot’in case. Weir is an Emeritus Professor of Indigenous Studies, Department of English Language and Literatures, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

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With Chief Roger William

Chief Roger William is the Plaintiff in the Tŝilhqot’in Rights and Title case. Born at Naghataneqed in Xeni, he is from the Bulyan family and is the great-great-grandson of Warrior Qaq’ez, older brother of Warrior Chief Lhats’assʔin.

Read more about Chief Roger William