Members of the Gitwangak Band during occupation of band offices in December 2016.
by John Crawford, CFTK-TV, Feb 23, 2017
The Gitwangak Band Council is proclaiming an end to the occupation of the band office, following a Supreme Court of B-C ruling in Terrace this week.
The occupation, led by a group of hereditary chiefs and others, began late last year, with protesters demanding the dismissal of the Band Manager and several other officials, and the resignation of the elected band chief and council.
The court ruling states the actions of the occupiers have gone beyond mere protest and have attempted to oust the legitimately elected band council.
Much of the dispute centred around what the protesters said was the band council’s attempt to take over the operation of the Gitwangak Education Society.
Band Chief Frederick Johnsonsays he regrets having to take the protesters to court, but their actions left no other choice.