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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.

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  • 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

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)

Have questions?

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

View the calendar for a full list of events.


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Meet the Supporting Team

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Sakimhigookxw (Vernon Smith)

Chair, GYEETS

 

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Darius Muldoe

Video Coordinator

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Gwiiyeehl (Brian Williams)

Chair, GIGEENIX

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Gordon Sebastian

Administrator

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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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