NEWS RELEASE · 11th June 2012
Gitxsan Unity Movement
Today the Gitxsan Unity Movement (GUM) removed their blockade in front of the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs Office, formerly known as the Gitxsan Treaty Society (GTS) Office.
GUM removed the plywood and lumber blocking all access, they installed six month previous, to allow the enforced forensic audit to be conducted. The audit was ordered through Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) Special Investigations office.
Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive, Anne Scotton, from Departmental Audit and Evaluation Branch, attended at shortly after 9:00 am Monday with two audit professionals from Deloitte and Touche out of Ottawa. The decision to allow access was in collaboration with the RCMP over the past two weeks. GTS staff were permitted to enter the building to assist the Auditors, from the firm to locate all material related to the forensic audit.
Scotton advised the auditors will be mirroring (copying) the hard drives of all the computers as well as scanning all the files and paperwork in the offices. They will also attend all the satellite offices and the off site accountants offices in Smithers to ensure they secure all the documentation for their investigations.
The Gitxsan Unity Movement appreciates INAC and the RCMP for their efforts in securing all financial statements and material relative to the operations of the GTS. It will show accountability to the money received in the name of the Gitxsan people.
GUM remains open to and extends an invitation to the GTS Gimlitxwit to meet and settle unresolved issues pertaining to transparency and the return of authority and jurisdiction back to its' rightful place, the Gitxsan Simgigyet and the Gitxsan Nation.
TAKE NOTICE that the Gitxsan Treaty Society and terminated staff, Gordon Sebastian, Elmer Derrick and Beverley Clifton-Percival, are not authorized representatives of the Gitxsan people. Any act engaged in by this entity or individuals representing themselves as authorized representative is invalid and of no force and effect as against the Gitxsan people. Any Government, entity or individual who engages in negotiation or business transactions with GTS or terminated staff, do so at their own risk.
GUM has moved a step closer, but also realizes the real work has just begun. Our goal is to bring harmony between the Gitxsan government and the values, law and will of the Gitxsan.
The Gitxsan Unity Movement is 100% volunteer driven, with Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs and members working in the best interest of our land, culture and people.
The door opens for the Auditors and INAC after being boarded up for more than six months.