Gitxsan suspend eviction notice

Chiefs said they are holding off on the eviction pending critical discussions between the Crown and Kitselas and Kitsumkalum First Nations

The Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs of Gitsegukla and Gitwangak have suspended their eviction notice until Aug. 25.

In a press release issued this afternoon, the chiefs said they are holding off on the eviction pending critical discussions between the Crown and Kitselas and Kitsumkalum First Nations.

“It is a very positive move by the Crown to undertake to work diligently with Kitselas and Kitsumkalum to ensure that all parties in the situation are dealt with honourably,” said Gitxsan Hereditary Chief Art Matthews.

The Gitxsan issued the eviction notice in July in response to the provincial government offering lands they claim are theirs to two Tsimishian bands.

The Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs said they will still maintain their camps along highways, railways and rivers.