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NEWS RELEASE · 27th March 2012
Gitxsan Unity Movement

The past three months have been a difficult time for all our people. During a memorial service where our nation gathered to remember the life of a Gitxsan matriarch an organization called the Gitxsan Treaty Society (GTS) announced a deal with Enbridge Northern Gateway. Word spread during the service and the people of the Gitxsan Nation heard the news regarding this arrangement with Enbridge on the nightly news. Today Judge McEwan of the BC Supreme Court has confirmed the Gitxsan Treaty Society has no legal standing as he had stated earlier during a hearing in January of this year.

Although we will need to study the ruling and consider the full impact of the decision, we wish to share this great news regarding the illegitimate signing of an arrangement with Enbridge by the GTS purporting to represent the Gitxsan Nation. The GTS has been declared to be operating outside normal legal procedures and there has been no resolution as to how they can continue to claim to represent anyone in any manner. GTS didn't get the remedy they had proposed. Gitxsan Chiefs still have many options, which they can exercise if they choose to in unity.

Dozens of men and women have stood firm by first boarding up the GTS offices and then maintaining a “sacred fire” outside through the bitterest part of this past winter. They have stood on guard against any entry and any vandalism to the offices. We would like to take this opportunity to thank every one of them for their commitment to the truth and their people. We also wish to thank all those who have supported us during this time.

However, the struggle is not over. We need to find a way to unite all the groups who find themselves struggling one against the other within our Nation.

The GTS is still in a court struggle with various Band Councils and Hereditary Chiefs under the name of Spookw. Our Unity movement is still facing an injunction to remove our blockade of the GTS offices.

Today we celebrate a small victory with the GTS being held as an illegal entity. The struggle though is long from over. We will be consulting with our Chiefs and our supporters to determine how we will proceed. In the meantime, thank you every one for your continued support in helping us to unite the Gitxsan people.

Chief Tx-suu
Comment by cliffordd c.w. morgan on 28th March 2012
I do not think any of the Gitxsan Unity chiefs and band members want anything to do with GTS, especiallyt if they are an outlaw entity, and has been for almost two decades, and still they want to milk the B.C. Treaty Commission of more $millions. They must be treated as criminals, and put in jail like all that do that in the world.