Vancouver Sun MastheadPhoto of Lorraine Weir by a lake and mountains
Lorraine Weir photo by Lorraine Weir

Book review: History of crucial B.C. land title an important, compelling read

Lha Yudit’ih: We Always Find a Way, by UBC professor emerita Lorraine Weir with Chief Roger William traces the fight of the Xeni Gwet’in
The Vancouver Sun | Apr 4, 2024

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Tŝilhqox Biny, Chilko Lake. Photo Chief Roger William

‘A place worth fighting for’

“‘It became a philosophical/legal statement about the land. I hope it reaches out to Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences and will inform people going forward with reconciliation.’” Sage Birchwater reviews Lha Yudit’ih We Always Find a Way
The British Columbia Review | Apr 10, 2024

Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William, signs a copy of the book for his mother Eilleen William
Xeni Gwet’in Chief Roger William, signs a copy of the book for his mother Eilleen William, while co-author Lorraine Weir looks on. (Sage Birchwater photo)
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New book chronicles Tŝilhqot’in title case

Lha Yudit’ih We Always Find A Way: Bringing the Tŝilhqot’in Title Case Home was 11 years in the making
Williams Lake Tribune | Nov 22, 2023

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Review by Andrea Hilland

Lha Yudit’ih We Always Find a Way: Bringing the Tsilhqot’in Title Case Home makes a valuable contribution to decolonizing and resurgence scholarship by centering the voices of Tsilhqot’in people.

BC Studies | January 26, 2024


Praise for Lha yudit'ih

"This book comes straight from a people's heart. It shows what real strength looks like. If you want to know why Tŝilhqot'in law lives today, read this book. The Tŝilhqot'in people, lands, and their spirit will inspire you. The book is very engaging, with great stories and helpful context. It is so rich, so clear, so beautiful. It shows resilience in the face of trauma and tragedy. (...) It is deeply connective. It is inspiring. It is a treasure."

John Borrows

Indigenous Lawyer, Jurist and Academic

“Like all Indigenous people across what is now called Canada, the Tŝilhqot'in survived atrocities and oppression in an uncompromising struggle for their territory which hasgenerously enabled people and their culture to flourish for thousands of years,In return, they felt a sacred duty to protect that land. (...) Lha yudit’ih tells this inspiring story for all Canadians who care about justice and the environment.”

David Suzuki

Scientist, Environmentalist

"This book is a ’must read’ for anyone in Canada and elsewhere in the world who cares about the cultures, languages and rights of Indigenous Peoples and the well-being of the lands, waters, forests and non-human lifeforms that sustain all of us. A rich and compelling compilation of stories, experiences, teachings, and perspectives from members of the Xeni Gwet’in community of the Tŝilhqot’in Nation of British Columbia."

Nancy Turner

Enthnobotanist, Scholar

"This is a book about how an Indigenous community succeeded in gaining recognition of their Aboriginal title through litigation in Canadian courts. For that reason alone, it is invaluable. More than that, it offers comprehensive information essential for an in-depth understanding of this case through a conversational voice that makes it accessible to everyone.(...) It is an excellent book all of us can learn from."

Michael Asch

Legal Anthropologist, Scholar

"Lorraine Weir and Chief Roger William have created an amazing storied journey of the Xeni Gwet’in and Tŝilhqot’in Elders, knowledge holders, and leaders as they fought and won their Tŝilhqot’in Rights and Title case in the courts of British Columbia and Canada. (...) Deeper meanings of truth and reconciliation and land-first approaches for Indigenous Rights and Title are embedded in these memorable stories."

Q’um Q’um Xiiem
(Jo-ann Archibald)

Indigenous Scholar, Author

"Lha yudit'ih is a great treasure. There is no other book or experience like it. It has to be read slowly. Each entry is an invitation to follow a path around another corner.  Roger William and Lorraine Weir created a uniquely suitable concept to frame these notes and stories centred around the Tŝilhqot'in title case, and the connection of a People to the land. I am in awe of the work Lorraine undertook to bring this concept to fruition. ...  Lha yudit'ih is definitely a very prominent marker in this journey [toward decolonization]."

Tom Swanky

Historian, Writer
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