Get Kwitsel Housing

Get Kwistel Tatel Housing

Kwitsel Tatel will never give up. Born Sto:lo Coast Salish to a lineage of land defenders and water protectors, Kwitsel has spent her entire life fighting for Indigenous sovereignty and rights. She is a survivor of residential school, where she suffered incomprehensible abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church and the Canadian government, and has spent decades in court working tirelessly to hold Canada accountable for its genocidal behaviour against First Nations. 

A blunt and outspoken advocate, Kwitsel was exiled from her own community in 2000 after demanding the elected Chief and Council be transparent and accountable to the money they receive from the Canadian government; she has been homeless or precariously housed ever since. For the past year Kwitsel has been living in a camper van, but since it broke down in the late summer, she has moved into a small car. She currently lives in this car around so-called Vancouver.  

Read The Globe and Mail’s “After 200 court appearances Stolo woman is free to fish again ”

In 2004 Kwitsel was arrested for fishing salmon on her ancestral territory. After missing one court date, the RCMP issued a Crimestoppers sheet. She has been targeted by the RCMP on multiple occasions, including armed ambushes at her former home with her young children present. Over 200 court dates after asserting her right to fish for her community, Canada lost and Kwitsel won an absolute discharge and was awarded $2,500 as a partial payment for the seized fish. During the process Kwitsel lost all of her hair and nails from the stress. 

Kwitsel continues to assert her sovereign and ancestral rights, and works without rest to help her extended community -- fighting for clean water on reserve and an end to the TMX pipeline, fighting against the separation of Indigenous children from their mothers, and juggling numerous court cases including a case to reinstate her right to live on her own land. 

We ask you to stand with Kwistel by demanding justice where injustice lies and giving what you can to ensure she has a home to live in and work from throughout the winter. Ending systemic oppression and Indigenous genocide is the basis of this fundraiser. Your donation will help Kwitsel continue to advocate and fight for fundamental human and environmental rights -- rights that ultimately affect every single one of us. Please give generously. Any and all additional funds will go directly to Kwitsel and her community.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Kelly Tatham 
Vancouver, BC
Patricia Kelly 
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