Title & Rights
The syilx Nation holds un-extinguishable stəłtałt (Title & Rights) to all lands, waters, plants, animals and resources within syilx traditional territory. Our lands and our jurisdiction over our lands have never been ceded. Our responsibilities to the lands, waters and all living things within our Territorial boundaries were given to us by the Creator; they are the truth; an unending truth and cannot be given or taken away. All activities on the land and water are exclusively subject to syilx title, jurisdiction, rights, interests, syilx decision making and responsibility.
Every syilx woman, syilx man and syilx child holds title and rights to the tmxʷulaxʷ (land), siwłkw (waters) and of tmixʷ (all living things) within syilx nation territory. Every syilx person has the right and responsibility to practice our culture, manage our resources, we have the right to self determination. As caretakers, the syilx people have taken care of tmixʷ and tmxʷulaxʷ since time immemorial. It is the application of our laws, our language and our ecosystem management strategies that have led to thousands of years of resilience, harmony, and adaptation within our territory.