‘We’re in a state of emergency,’ Lummi Nation secretary says of dispute with Canada
The Lummi Nation announced in a press release Thursday, July 18, that it has requested a meeting with Candian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss an international dispute over Canadian projects Lummi says is harming its territory in the Salish Sea.
A démarche, or formal diplomatic appeal or protest, was sent in a letter from Lummi Nation Secretary Lawrence Solomon to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, the release said.
“We’re in a state of emergency,” Solomon said in the release. “Our qwe’lhol’mechen (orca relations) are dying, our salmon are disappearing, our people are suffering. Our schelangen (way of life) is in peril. We have a Xa xalh Xechnging (sacred obligation) to care for our culture and all our relations.”