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Declaration

We are the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation, the People of the Inlet.
We have lived in and along our Inlet since time out of mind.
We have been here since the Creator transformed the Wolf into that first
Tsleil-Wautt, and made the Wolf responsible for this land.

We have always been here and we will always be here.
Our people are here to care for our land and water.
It is our obligation and birthright
To be the caretakers and protectors of our Inlet.

Our people descended from powerful Hereditary leaders, Waut-salk and Sla-holt.
We know where we come from and we know who we are.
We respect our heritage and nothing can change our history and our truth.

Our people traveled far and wide on our traditional territory,
They paddled our waters and climbed our mountains.
They understood the richness that our traditional territory held,
And in understanding this, they knew our land.
Our ancestors were responsible for our rivers, streams, beaches and forests of our
Traditional territory.
Our people knew our land well because it was for the benefit of everyone.

Our Tsleil-Waututh Nation is moving into our future.
Our children and our land are our future.
Our future will bring enough for our children’s children to thrive.
We are looking forward, we are ready to meet the next millennium.

Therefore, be it known far and wide that our Tsleil-Waututh Nation,
The People of the Inlet, are responsible for and belong to our traditional territory.
Let it be known that our Tsleil-Waututh Nation is a Nation unto itself,
Holding traditional territory for its people.

© Copyright 2014, Tsleil-Waututh Nation