This in reply to Gord Loverin’s column, “Don’t judge a mine on emotion disinformation” in the May 8, 2013 issue of The Terrace Standard.
I am the eldest daughter of Charles Quock from the Tahltan Nation.
My place of birth is in the wilderness of Spatsizi at our winter campsite in Hyland Post.
Each early spring we move to our summer home at Cold Fish Lake.
We depended on the land for our survival, therefore I was taught as a young child to respect and take care of our environment and to live in harmony with our place.
The Klappan Plateau is revered by the Tahltan people because our food supplies are there and for hundred years it help us to survive.
The old, old campsite are still there.
Each individual place are recognized by markers and there are many.
The Klappan Plateau is the birthplace of the three rivers – the Stikine, Skeena and Nass and are nestled closely within the Valley.
The Tahltans, Gitxan Wet’suwetein and Nisga’a all depends on the mighty rivers to survive.
Each summer my family spend time in Klappan to get our food and I am inspired by the peaceful time.
I love the glacial fed creek and spring water cold and sparkling.
Why then do I want to drink filtered water by coal.