GTS Lives On, Gitxsan Nation Divided
Society claims new mandate while opponents walk away
The Gitxsan Treaty Society will press on with a new mandate -- but several Gitxsan house groups refuse to support it.
A release from the Office of the Hereditary Chiefs says a majority of the chiefs have formally confirmed their decision to renew the mandate of the G-T-S to advocate for Gitxsan aboriginal rights in treaty negotiations and other forms of reconciliation with the crown.
This follows three days of meetings in Gitsegukla.
The release says over 30 house groups have each agreed to appoint a member to the society.
However, the Gitxsan Unity Movement, which led a six-month blockade of the G-T-S office in Hazelton earlier this year, issued its own news release, stating 15 chiefs and their house gruop territories have broken away from the society.
They say history has been made within the Gitxsan Nation -- but it's not a history to be proud of.