Re: “ ‘We are the land’: Indigenous Peoples’ Day gathering at Lummi Nation celebrates survival” [Oct. 11, Environment]:

In April, 2021, the Canadian Supreme Court, not the British Columbian Supreme Court, recognized that the Sinixt tribe of present-day north central Washington state and the Arrow Lakes tribe of present-day south central British Columbia were not extinct, as the government had claimed. The Supreme Court of Canada further recognized that the traditional hunting grounds of the tribes predated the government of British Columbia and therefore the hunting rights in British Columbia are restored to the Arrow Lakes tribe.

Finally, in addressing the rights of the Sinixt tribe of Washington, the Supreme Court declared, “Persons who are not Canadian citizens and who do not reside in Canada can exercise an Aboriginal right.” As a member of the Sinixt and Arrow Lakes tribes, Shelly Boyd worked alongside her tribal brothers and sisters for years fighting for recognition of their tribal existence and rights. America could take lessons from our neighbors to the north.

Diane E. Young, East Wenatchee