He understood that more and more white people searching for gold meant less animals to feed on for the native tribes. He also understood that building the Bute Inlet route could worsen the whole thing. In the spring of 1864, Klattasine along with another chief Tellot led a small group of Chilcotin warriors against the builders of the road. The fighting spread over several months and was later named the Chilcotin War. 20 white workers were killed.
On August 11, 1864, Klattasine, Tellot and their warriors were captured. Five of them received the death penalty and another six life in prison.
Klattasine died with his son Pierre on the scaffold at Quesnellemouth (Quesnel, B.C.) on October 26, 1864. But who was he, where did he come from, and how did he manage to lead the largest resistance to colonialism in British Columbia history? In the Chilcotin language, Klattasine means “We do not know his name”.
- Chilcotin War
- William George Cox
- Frederick Seymour
- Chartres Brew
- Donald McLean
- Alfred Waddington
- Nicola (chief)
- Chief Hunter Jack
- We Do Not Know His Name - Klatsassin & The Chilcotin War - Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History
- Biography at the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
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