It was discussed only 3 days earlier. ‘We should hold a gathering!’ And that is what happened. Not 72 hours after the thought originated almost 200 people converged on the Village of Old Hazelton to show their support for the Gitxsan in their opposition to Enbridge.
It began with the signing of an agreement by Elmer Derrick claiming to represent the Gitxsan Nation stating they supported the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project. This provoked an immediate reaction from two thirds of the hereditary chiefs. Read about this here.
They and their people were outraged. They almost immediately fired the entire body of the Treaty Society who Derrick worked with. They screwed a large piece of plywood across the door so no one could enter and have maintained a vigil outside the door, 24 hours a day, ever since. More Here
The gathering began to take shape by 11 am Saturday, January 7, 2012 and by 3:00 pm, after dancing and singing to and by representatives from the Haida Nation, the Tsimshian Nation, the Carrier, the We’tsuwet’en, the Tahltan, Nisga’a all present to observe or participate, almost $13,000 was raised for the legal struggles the Gitxsan people are facing.
The video linked below is a short 22 minute compilation of the dancing and singing at this gathering.Watch by clicking here
Three of the many fire keepers outside the Gitxsan Treaty Offices maintain the vigil day and night.
Innocence and laughter. A vision for a prosperous and healthy future.