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Gitxsan Chiefs March in Vancouver

On October 11 Gitxsan Hereditary chiefs brought downtown Vancouver to a standstill as they led a peaceful protest to the steps of the BC Supreme Court. Their goal was to bring attention to the use of militarized RCMP C-Ring in the community and calls for this unit to be dismantled.

The protest received wide spread media attention and reporting in many outlets across the country.

“The laws that are imposed on us, you know, it seems to be one-sided,” Gitxsan Hereditary Chief Clifford Sampare said in an interview with Canada’s National Observer. “There’s no consideration for our traditional laws, and our law is to protect the land. When we try to go and protect our territories, they call a militia on us.”

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Read the full Story Here ‘How is that reconciliation?’: Hereditary Gitxsan Nation chiefs rally for their rights

On November 21st The Chiefs will once again be looking to bring the attention to the BC Supreme Court protecting their community as they March in Smithers, BC.

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About the Gitxsan


A demonstration of joint determination to safeguard the community, protect lives and deter unnecessary escalations

(December 21, 2022, New Hazelton, BC) —- Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs and the RCMP have signed an unprecedented agreement for a Community Safety Plan for Gitxsan Land Issues. The goal of the Community Safety Plan is to specifically deal with burgeoning safety crises between the RCMP and members of the Gitxsan people on their lands which covers 33,000 sq. kilometers in Northern British Columbia.

“We were concerned that RCMP escalation at blockades set up on Gitxsan Laxyip (lands) and on the Anaat (traditional fishing holes owned by the Gitxsan) where trespassers are asked to vacate Gitxsan jurisdiction, could result in deaths if escalation and militarization of the RCMP continued,” says Simogyat Gwiiyeehl, (Brian Williams) a Gitxsan Huwilp Government Hereditary Chief.

“The Gitxsan do and will continue to defend our ownership and interests in our Laxyip. With this Community Safety Plan, we will work together so no lives are lost in the event of escalations on our lands ” says Simogyat Molaxan (Norman Moore) Gitxsan Huwilp Government Hereditary Chief.

“We understand the RCMP are obligated to act as ordered by a Provincial Supreme Court Justice but have discretion as to how and when an Order is enforced. This agreement is a proactive measure for the future work that is required with a community first approach. The sentiment is clearly shared…as the RCMP signed off on the Plan.” says Simogyat Gwiiyeehl.

The Plan calls for the development of a Community Safety Playbook that encompasses a Crisis Management Process. The Playbook will be stress-tested annually to prepare all parties in the event of a real crisis situations emerging.


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For full details of the plan click here.

ABOVE PHOTO CAPTION (Left to right) Simogyat Gwiiyeehl, (Brian Williams ) Gitxsan Huwilp Government Hereditary Chief and Lead Negotiator, Warren Brown, RCMP Chief Superintendent and Simogyat Molaxan (Norman Moore)

About the Gitxsan

Atrocities Still Happening: Calling On Canada To Commemorate Those Lost – And Rectify Present Genocide – Through Actions

Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs Building a Pre-Contact Inspired Self-Government

This Canada Day, people across the nation – indigenous and settlers alike – are asking what can be done to right the wrongs of the not-so-distant past? How can we make sure this never happens again? What similar errors, evils and wrongdoings are happening today?

Colonial injustices –poverty, inequality, food insecurity, child apprehension, illegal access of the land and use of the Nation’s resources – continue to have a detrimental effect on the health, safety and well-being of the Gitxsan. The Gitxsan Nation is one of the few indigenous groups holding onto its traditional language, a remarkable achievement where colonial forces have committed tremendous force to whitewash indigenous culture, removing it from the record.

In a first-of-its-kind STATE OF THE GITXSAN NATION event on July 1, the re-established Gitxsan Huwilp Government brings together respected Hereditary Chief spokespersons -representing the Clans of the Gitxsan Nation -to reflect on the atrocities of the past and present.

>GEEL (catherine blackstock)
>MOOLOXAN (norman moore)
>WII EGLAAST (jim angus)

  • How residential schools impacted the lives of the Gitxsan.
  • Present-day injustices and atrocities, including the Nation division created by the Indian Act and Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).
  • How the Hereditary System (vs. the band system) has made it more difficult for the Gitxsan to achieve equality and recognition.
  • ·Key issues that demand action including child apprehension, inadequate healthcare, and pillaging of vital resources.
About the Gitxsan

Meet the participating Simgiigyet and support team

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)
Crystal Tolmie
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


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)

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The GYEETS (Down River) and GIGEENIX (Up River) Simgiigyet meet regularly.

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Meet the Supporting Team


Sakimhigookxw (Vernon Smith)



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Darius Muldoe

Video Coordinator


Gwiiyeehl (Brian Williams)


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Gordon Sebastian


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Karla Green

Communication Assistant

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Louis Hnidan

Video Coordinator

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About the Gitxsan

The Traditional Gitxsan Laxyip (Territory)

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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