The Central Coast Regional District has become the second B.C. government body to recognize officially that the smallpox epidemics of 1862/63 that decimated the indigenous population within its area were an instance of genocide.
In 1864, the Tsilhqot’in killed 17 settlers over artificial smallpox epidemics. Advertising a peace conference, B.C. ambushed the Tsilhqot’in delegates and hanged five.
The Premier’s exoneration statement is republished here to assist in keeping this expression of sorrow current and in making it more widely available.