May 7/98: Lil'Wat traditionalist jailed


Settlers In Support of Indigenous Sovereignty (S.I.S.I.S.)
May 7, 1998

TSEMHU7QW (aka Harold "Chubb" Pascal), a traditionalist "watchman" of the Lil'Wat nation was jailed today by Provincial Court Judge D.E. Moss in Pemberton, BC. Pascal, a longtime fighter for recognition of Lil'Wat sovereignty, was accused of driving without a valid BC license. Pascal maintained that no license is required, due to BC's lack of jurisdiction over unceded, Lil'Wat territory. Pascal reportedly told the presiding judge Moss of the "fraud" of his BC court presuming to exercise jurisdiction over him.

The very charge for which Mr. Pascal was sentenced is currently part of a "Leave to Appeal" application before the Supreme Court of Canada. The court has yet to respond as to whether is will hear the jurisdictional challenges of Mr. Pascal, which are being presented together with those of Temagami traditionalist elder Verna Friday and jailed Ts'peten Defenders Wolverine (William Jones Ignace) and James "OJ" Pitawanaquat.

It is believed Pascal was taken to the Vancouver pre-trial center for incarceration. No further information is available at this time.

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