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Twenty years after historic Delgamuukw land claims case, pipeline divides Gitxsan Nation


Gitanmaax is a reserve in northern B.C. where Gitxsan members discovered confidential documents revealing that some hereditary chiefs had given their consent for the PRGT pipeline in exchange for money. Trevor Jang

Revelations that Delgamuukw is among chiefs who accepted money to support LNG development without consulting all members threaten to undermine landmark court victory

Earl Muldon sits at his kitchen table surrounded by family, sipping coffee. His wife Shirley brings over a plate of cream cake topped with huckleberries. They’re hand-picked from the land surrounding his two-storey home in Gitanmaax, a village of about 800 people from the Gitxsan Nation in northwestern British Columbia, near the town of New Hazelton. Read the rest of this entry

Lone B.C. chief backs Enbridge pipeline amid overwhelming opposition

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press  | January 15, 2012

TERRACE, B.C. – His office door is nailed shut. A 24-hour volunteer watch by area residents has been on guard for his return since Dec. 5.  Posters showing his face and questioning his authority are up across northwest B.C.   It’s little wonder that Gitxsan Hereditary Chief Elmer Derrick prefers the darkness of his front door to talk.  “I’ve been very ill,” he said, refusing requests to illuminate the doorway. Read the rest of this entry