HAZELTON, BC, May 31, 2013 /CNW/ - An eight-month wait for a ruling from
the BC Supreme Court on challenges to the Gitxsan Treaty Society ended
today when Mr. Justice McEwan ordered an Extraordinary General Meeting
of all hereditary chiefs within 30 days to appoint directors of GTS.
The arguments of the four protesting band councils who brought the case
against GTS, Canada, British Columbia, and the BC Treaty Commission
The judge has ordered a clear process for appointment of directors of
GTS in what is really a minor fix under the Societies Act. It is also
clear from his ruling that he understood the issues involved and that
he accepted the authority of Gitxsan laws (ayookw) and of the
"This takes a great weight off the shoulders of our community and keeps
us on the road of collective cooperation", says Beverly Clifton
Percival. "Now, the Gitxsan people will continue with the
work-in-progress that is so important to our people -- reconciling land
issues with the crown and finding economic opportunity to create
employment and alleviate social problems."
The hereditary chiefs thank the BC Treaty Commission for the strong
leadership role it played throughout the case in its support of the
Under Mr. Justice McEwan's ruling:
The GTS must hold an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) within 30 days
of his order to appoint directors.
For the purpose of the EGM only voting members of the GTS include all
Gitxsan hereditary chiefs who are head of a Gitxsan house and who have
submitted a membership form to the court.
James Angus is authorized to organize the EGM and must send a notice
stating the time and place of the meeting within 14 days.
Within 21 days anyone wishing to stand for appointment as a director of
GTS must provide written notice to Mr. Angus.
Mr. Angus will provide a list of candidates to the members at the start
of the EGM.
Members will appoint 12 directors at the EGM, with equal representation
from each of the four Gitxsan Pdeek, if possible.
SOURCE: Gitxsan Treaty Society
For further information:
Beverly Clifton-Percival (Gwaans) Cell Phone: (250) 847-0603