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In 1884, two miners were found murdered outside of Golden. Suspicion was placed upon two young men of the Ktunaxa nation, Kapla and a chief’s son known as “Young Isadore”. Kapla was eventually arrested in 1887. Soon after, Chief Isadore, the father of Young Isadore, arrived at the gaol with several men in tow, demanding the release of Kapla. Following the refusal of the local constable, Isadore broke the door to the gaol, whereupon Kapla was then voluntarily released by the constable. Though criticised by the press, Isadore maintained through the subsequent investigation that he had committed no crime and that his actions were to protect his people, and the white settlers. Isadore eventually submitted Kapla back into custody, where he was held for a short investigation before being released. Throughout the duration of the incident, Chief Isadore criticised the government for murders of First Nations by white settlers, demanding equal treatment for his people.

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“A Successful Commissioner.” The Daily Colonist (Victoria BC), July 12, 1887. Accessed August 31, 2017.

Fisher, Robin. “Biography – ISADORE – Volume XII (1891-1900) – Dictionary of Canadian Biography.” Home – Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Accessed August 31, 2017. http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/isadore_12E.html.

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