The Government of Canada and the Tsilhqot’in National Government have announced that, “As a symbolic gesture of reconciliation,” Canada will “offer a statement of exoneration” for the six Tsilhqot’in Chiefs martyred by the Crown in 1864/65. This is an outline of the events commonly known as the Chilcotin War.
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.
Shawn Swanky’s dramatic and detailed artistic rendering of this meeting incorporates every known detail about the occasion.
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.
Shawn Swanky presents dramatic new artwork from his documentary film, “The Great Darkening.”
The Premier’s exoneration statement is republished here to assist in keeping this expression of sorrow current and in making it more widely available.