On March 27, Grand Chief Edward John addressed 32 of the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs at a joint meeting of Gigeenix and Gyeet. We are grateful to Grand Chief Edward John for his work on behalf of the BC First Nations.
GYEETS (Down River)Tsauulst (Amanda Zettergreen)
Molaxan (Norman Moore)
Sakimhigookxw (Vernon Smith)
Sanoss (Rod Johnson)
Guxsun (Larry Marsden)
Aliist (Linda Williams)
Gwisgyen (Robin Alexander)
Xgogimlaxha (Vernon Milton) Skay’an (Anita Davis)
Gwagalo (Rod Sampare)
Axtiihiikxw (Sam Derrick)
Ladaax (Marge Quock)
Simidiiks (Calvin Hyzims)
Nisnohl (Ray Jones)
Yoobx (Dale Good)
*Seats held for: Wii Hlengwax (Lance Williams, Dinimgyet (Art Mathews), Haluus (William Morrison) and Gila wo’o (Alvin Hyzims
GIGEENIX (Up River)Xgwoimtxw (Sadie Harris)
Nii gyap (Rena Benson)
Xhliiyeeimlaxha (John Olson)
Maus (Bill Blackwater Jr)
Xsimwiitsiin (Lester Moore)
O’yee (Cliff Sampare)
Yagosip (Bill Turner)
Niisgimiinuu (Bob Campbell)
Wiimuugilsxw (Art Wilson) Stuutximlaxha (George Sampare)
Wii Alaast (Jim Angus)
Nist/Baskyalaha (Bill Blackwater Sr.)
Dawamuux (Mae Martin)
Djogasle (Ted Mowatt)
Geel (Cathy Blackstock)
Gwiiyeehl (Brian Williams)
Gitludahl (Alvin Weget)
Luus (Roy Wilson)
Nikateen (Francis Sampson)
*Seats held for: Delgamuukw (Earl Muldon), Gyolugyet (Fedelia O’Brien), Spookw/Guuhat’akw (Norm Stephens) and Gyet’em Galdo’o (George Grey
Not participating on specific request: Gwininitxw (Yvonne Lattie)
The GYEETS (Down River) and GIGEENIX (Up River) Simgiigyet meet regularly.
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Sakimhigookxw (Vernon Smith)
Darius MuldoeVideo Coordinator
Gwiiyeehl (Brian Williams)Chair, GIGEENIX
Karla GreenCommunication Assistant
Louis HnidanVideo Coordinator
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The Gitxsan traditional territories occupy an area of 33,000 square kilometres (about five times the size of P.E.I.) in northwest British Columbia. The laxyip is governed by 60 Simgiigyet within the traditional hereditary system made up of Wilps. Of that 38 Wilps are represented on the Huwilp Government.
The Babine, Bulkley, Kispiox and Skeena Rivers are all found in Gitxsan territory and they are home to abundant salmon and steelhead runs. It is a land of rugged, glacier-capped mountains, lush forests and swiftly flowing rivers heavily influenced by the north Pacific Ocean climate.
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“The Skeena holds us together – it flows through our veins. We owe it to the mighty Skeena river to fight together,” – February 7 meeting participant
On February 7, 2019, nearly 20 Gitxsan Simgiigyet, as representatives of the Gitxsan Huwilp Government, gathered in Terrace to attend the Skeena Nations Chiefs Leadership and Fish Forum Meeting hosted by Kitsumkalum First Nation.
You have three options to hear more about the outcomes of this meeting:
- READ the February 7 meeting summary (PDF)
- VIEW the photos (click on the photo above this post to view the gallery)
- WATCH the video (below):
The Gitxsan Simgiigyat (Hereditary Chiefs) are expanding the jurisdiction of the Gitxsan Huwilp Government structure. Our government is rooted in the proud history and culture of the Gitxsan, a hereditary system centred on our Wilp (house), Ayook (law), and Adaawk (oral history).
This government will allow the Gitxsan to be formally included in the division of powers described in Sections 91 & 92 of Canada’s constitution, and most importantly, protect our individual rights to the fisheries in the Skeena Nass watersheds. It recognizes the autonomy of a wilp (house group) while providing a strong unified voice on matters that affect our Nation.
The Gitxsan Huwilp Government will honour the legacy and build upon the leadership of the Simgiigyat demonstrated in the Delgamuukw case.
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The Gitxsan Huwilp Government is committed to create new tools for regular engagement with all Gitxsan and the public.
The communications platform is intended to create transparency and accountability for all matters that affect the Gitxsan.
We hope you will enjoy reading the Gitxsan Huwilp Government’s first Community Bulletin (PDF).