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Tŝilhqot’in and City of New Westminster Commemorate War Hero

The Tŝilhqot’in National Government, in partnership with the City of New Westminster, is commemorating the wrongful hanging of War Chief ʔAhan from the Chilcotin War of 1864/65. Today marks 157 years to the day since Nits’ilʔin ʔAhan was wrongfully arrested under a flag of truce and hanged in New Westminster.

Tŝilhqot’in leaders have gathered in New Westminster along with members of the New Westminster City Council and other City officials to commemorate this day. In 2018, the City identified the need to assist the Tŝilhqot’in Nation in memorializing Chief ʔAhan’s execution. This annual event has provided an opportunity to recognize the injustice that took place and pay respect to the deep history of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation.

On October 15, 2020, the Sister Community Memorandum of Agreement was signed between the Tŝilhqot’in National Government and the City of New Westminster. The agreement recognizes and signifies the committment between both parties to support one another.

Read the full release here.

Date posted:July 18, 2022