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Gitxsan Treaty Society Doesn’t Have Authority to Sign Deals with Enbridge – Vancouver Sun

by NationTalk on January 6, 2012742 Views

Gitxsan Treaty Society doesn’t have authority to sign deals with Enbridge

By Neil J. Sterritt, Vancouver Sun January 6, 2012

The Gitxsan Nation and people have been in the news a lot lately, mainly in relation to the pro-posed Northern Gateway oil pipeline. The pipeline would cross two significant salmon spawning rivers and several streams that eventually flow into the traditional territories of the Gitxsan, but the pipeline itself does not cross Gitxsan territory. The chief negotiator and executive director of the Gitxsan Treaty Society claimed in December that the society had reached an agreement with Enbridge Inc., the proponent of the pipeline, on behalf of the Gitxsan Nation. It is doubtful that the society had the legal or moral authority to make such an agreement, and it has been a subject of considerable debate among the Gitxsan people.

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