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LETTER  OF  PORT  SIMPSON  CHIEFS,  AND  OTHERS,     re  SURVEYS  ON  THE  NAAS  RIVER.     Port  Simpson,  May  20th,  1980.     To  Capt.  W.  J.  Jemmett,  and  other  Surveyors  of  Indian  Lands     on  the  Naas.     Sirs,       We  have  heard  that  you  have  come  to  survey  land  on     Naas  River.  We  think  that  we  should  have  been  told  by  the     Government,  as  the  Government  well  know  we  are  all  interested     in  the  Reserves  on  the  Naas.     For  generations  we  have  lived  on  the  Naas  part  of  the  year.     Our  fathers  had  large  houses  there,  and  spent  some  months     there  to  gather  small  fish  and  fix  their  food,  and  we  still  hold     our  claim  to  those  fishing  grounds,  as  you  will  see  by  our     houses,  etc.,  being  still  there,  and  we  do  not  wish  to  have  them     taken  from  us.  This  is  one  reason  why  we  sent  a  delegation  to     Ottawa,  to  have  this  and  other  matters  settled  about  our  land,     and  as  it  is  not  yet  settled  we  do  not  wish  you  to  survey  the     land  now.     Judge  O'Reilly  started  all  the  trouble  on  the  Naas  between     us  and  the  Kincolith  people  by  saying  he  had  given  us  only  a     chain  for  our  fishing  ground.     These  people  have  just  a  few  years  ago  moved  down  to  Kincolith,  the  mouth  of  the      


river,  and  we  do  not  see  why  they  should  wish  now  to  plant  our  fishing  grounds  that       we  have  held  so  long.     We  have  no  objection  to  them  planting  all  the  ground  they     wish  up  the  river,  at  their  old  homes,  but  we  do  not  wish     them  to  plant  on  our  fishing  grounds.     If  they  do,  we  shall  always  have  trouble.  One  of  our  chiefs     was  sent  up  with  Judge  O'Reilly  and  pointed  this  out  to  him,     but  he  would  not  listen,  so  now  we  do  not  wish  to  have  our     land  surveyed  till  we  have  heard  from  the  Government  at     Ottawa.     All  we  wish  in  all  this  land  question  is  our  rights  ;  so  you  have     heard  our  words,  and  know  that  we  do  not  wish  the  land  surveyed  till  it  is  properly       settled.     Signed  on  behalf  of  Indian  Council  of  Port  Simpson.     Their  marks.     Alfred  Dudoward.  x     George  Kelly.  x     Paul  Scougate.  x     David  Swanson.  x     T.  Crosby,     Witness.—    


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