Hereditary Chief Arrest Decision to be Set for a Later Date
The ongoing dispute for the Gitxsan First Nation for more than five months is now in the Hand of a BC Supreme court judge.
The Gitxsan Treaty Society has asked the judge to warrant the arrest of band members who have been blockaded the society's offices in Hazelton since December, despite a court order to remove the protest in April.
The Judge reserved his decision on the case and Ian Lawson the lawyer who has been involved with the case says there is no set date in when a decision is made."It's possible that a judgement could come out next week, or two weeks from now, we really don't know and typically as I said a reserved judgement is usually issued in a couple of months."
GTS member Bev Clifton Percival hopes to see an answer before 2 months, “I think the judge is aware that there is a sense of urgency in dealing with the matter so we're expecting fairly quick. As I've always said before this issue is between the courts and the blockaders and it also involves the complete lack of enforcement of the law by the RCMP so they have to come to some understanding of what is going to happen here and we are simply trying to access our offices and it's been illegally blockaded for five months."
The Gitxsan Treaty Society says that four hereditary chiefs who have supported the blockade should be arrested and police should be enforcing the injunction that has been in place once the blockade was put up, some of the Gitxsan members have said they'll stand before the police and be arrested before the let their chiefs be taken away.