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NEWS RELEASE · 16th April 2012
Minister of Transport
The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointment of Chief Elmer Derrick of Terrace, British Columbia, to the board of directors of the Prince Rupert Port Authority for a three-year term.

"I am pleased that Chief Derrick has agreed to serve on the board of the Prince Rupert Port Authority," said Minister Lebel. "His vast experience and knowledge in business development and aboriginal affairs will be valuable assets to the authority."

Chief Derrick holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Alberta and a bachelor's degree in political science from Carleton University. He is currently the chief negotiator for the Gitxsan Treaty Society.

In recent years, he has served as a volunteer co-chair of the Northwest Powerline Coalition, working to promote the development of north western British Columbia with the construction of energy infrastructure. He has also served as spokesperson for the Northwest Forest Coalition and provided counsel to different corporations, governments and non-government organizations seeking advice on developing viable business relationships with aboriginal organizations.

In the early 1990s, Chief Derrick worked for the Province of British Columbia as regional development officer for the North Coast Region. He also taught political science and economics at Northwest Community College and later taught First Nations studies at the University of Northern British Columbia.

In the 1970s, Chief Derrick worked for the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa and served as director of Operations for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in Toronto.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority is the Canada Port Authority (CPA) established to manage the Port of Prince Rupert under the Canada Marine Act. Seventeen CPAs now make up Canada's national port system. The CPAs are non-share capital corporations incorporated under the Canada Marine Act that are of strategic significance to Canada's trade. Their effective operation contributes to Canada's global competitiveness.
Derrick, . . .and Veniez?
Comment by barryeng on 21st April 2012
The controversy over Derrick's appointment reminded me that Dan Veniez also managed to worm his way on to that board.

I wonder if the Prince Rupert Port Authority is becoming just a dumping ground for the Liberal and Conservative public rejects.
Patronage Appointment
Comment by David Dickinson on 21st April 2012
Mr. Derrick's appointment to the PR Port Authority should come as no surprise or shock. He has been a staunch (and vocal) supporter of the BC Liberals for the past 10 years.

(Although his political views put him at odds with the vast majority of Gitxsan and other First Nations people in the Northwest, he is a hereditary chief recognized by the other hereditary chiefs.)

Nor should we be surprised when he is appointed to the Board of Enbridge.
Mr. Ippel.
Comment by Janice Robinson on 19th April 2012
We are discussing Indian politics. The dirtiest politics in the land. By your question, you exhibit no understanding of it at all. Do not mistake my response to your comment as a desire to argue here with you. I want to answer your befuddled question.

No. I will leave it to the others to answer for themselves (or not, as they may deem your question irrelevent).
Do I?????
Comment by James Ippel on 18th April 2012
Let me beging by saying I neither support or reject the appointment of Mr Derrick.

My question is: Do I detect a not of jealousy in this mans appointment? Maybe you would like his position?
Wonder how the Lax Kw'alaams feel?
Comment by Cynthia on 17th April 2012
Is Elmer going to advise them on Tsimshian protocols? is he going to sit at the table with the Tsimshian Chiefs and Negotiators concerning the Port? I would like to see a copy of his job description!
Elmer has "a vast experience in business development?"
Comment by Janice Robinson on 17th April 2012
Name me two of Elmer's businesses. Okay, name me one. I want to contemplate the vastness of Elmer's success in the business sector. I see none listed above (Just tables he has sat at, being the necessary "First Nations representative," and warming the chair).

Congratulations Elmer. At least someone appreciates what you do.
Elmer is Disgrace to a Great Nation
Comment by AJ Martirano on 17th April 2012
This is Outrageous and goes to show The governments refusal to recognize and respect the wishes of The Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs stand on the Closing and taking away the negotiating power of the GTS and Elmer Derrick for the Gitxsan Nation , He and the GTS has Been FIRED By all the High Chiefs of the house in Gtixsan Nation , and is just the governments way to try to circumnavigate and push through their agenda of the northern Gateway Pipe line .
The truth must be known and the Harper Government has to be made to listen instead of empowering turncoats that will sell out their nation in for short term personal financial gain
elmer is a 100% sellout
Comment by Ernie Wilson on 17th April 2012
i am Gitxsan and to many in the Gitxsan nation this creature is nothing more than a open in your face government puppet & mercenary inside man.
he has no honour & in our traditions its custom for a creature like him to host a shame feast & hand over the hereditary title & name he has to save the name & title any further disgrace, to save his family and house from any further disgrace also.
elmer is a self-serving conman so this will not happen, he will openly & shamelessly continue to act as the government agent/inside man working treasonously against the Gitxsan nations interests in his self-appointed, government annointed post as our "representative" in treaty negotiations where elmer is literally taking a dive (boxing analogy) asking for basically what amounts to a jug of whisky... thats payable to him of course, screw everyone else just pay him & its all good, its like elmers calling card or signature.
Pray for Elmer Come to his senses
Comment by Pray on 16th April 2012
Chief Elmer Derrick of Terrace?
Comment by Rick Smith on 16th April 2012
What type of truth twisting is this? First he is discredited amongst his own people, the Gitxsan and he isn't even a Chief there! Unless of course everyone with an indian name is all of a sudden a Chief. But then he is called chief in yet another context, Chief negotiator, of a society declared by a judge to be operating illegally and by the regitrar of societies to be "not in good standing".

But then he is being appointed by the harper conservative government after he signed a deal supporting enbridge. This looks like a Judas style reward for stabbing the Gitxsan people in the back.

Does anyone else see the idiocy and maliciousness of such an appointment?

Strange days indeed!