NEWS RELEASE · 19th March 2011
Kitselas has been in treaty negotiations since 1993 and have implemented a form of self-government with the community approval of the Kitselas Reserve Land Management Act in 2005.
On March 24th 2011 the Kitselas Treaty Office will unveil a new film to the Kitselas membership entitled “People of the Grizzly: Government by the People”. The film debut will be followed by a discussion on the path to self-government for the Kitselas people.
This event is the first in a series of Community Engagements that will unroll over the next few months as the Kitselas anticipate in the near future an offer from Canada and the Province of British Columbia that will signify the near completion of the Agreement-in-Principle negotiations. The Community Engagement Series is intended to explain to the Kitselas people the various stages of the Treaty negotiations and the importance of self-government.
“Our goal as we move forward is to create a new memory in the minds of our children”, says Chief Negotiator Mel Bevan, “we have been striving to reclaim the right govern ourselves for over 100 years and today, prefer generations to follow, to be in control of their everyday lives.” He adds, “we have an opportunity, which we never had before, to remove the oppression of the Indian Act and build a strong nation together.”
The Film Screening will take place at the Gitaus Administration Building on March 24th 2011, Thursday. There will be two presentations on this day, one from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm and another from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in order to accommodate work schedules and personal commitments.
Door prizes, refreshments and child minding will be available. Members are encouraged to contact Hilary Zornow at (250) 635-8882 ext 242 if they have any questions or would like more information.
Comment by Janice P. Robinson on 1st April 2011
I read this article twice to make sure. No where is there mention of the TSIMSHIAN NATION.
Most Tsimshian are born and raised off-reserve, and are not entitled to benefits received on-reserve. So we are an independent lot.
Native, government sponsored entitities like treaty organizations, band councils, etc. have no traditionally legal authorities to negotiate these very important things.
The Tsimshian Nation is alive and watching these political charades. Think about it.