An advisory committee called ‘Crisis Team’ has been created by the Chiefs to focus on discussing public access to fisheries tenure/Anaat for the year 2020.
The committee’s mandate also includes an advisory role with stakeholders like BC and Canada and collaboration with other First Nations dealing with the salmon crisis, as part of the Skeena Nations Fish Forum Protocol.The Crisis Team is collaborating with the government to create a future process where all recreational fishers require permission from individual Chiefs to fish on the river.
While the ban marks the beginning of an ambitious journey, the process fully respects the Daxgyet of the Simgiigyet and adheres to the tenets of the traditional system (Ayook, Adaakw and Lilliget).
These meetings take place monthly and to stay tuned please visit our website and follow us on Facebook.
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.
“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):