B.C. government issued eviction notice
The Province of B.C. is one of several entities being warned to get off of First Nations land. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)
The Gitxsan Treaty Society issued eviction notices via newspapers to the Province of B.C., sportfishers, forestry interests and CN Rail just weeks after a Supreme Court decision gave title to another nation in northern B.C.
Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada granted title to the Tsilhqot’in Nation over a 1,750-square-kilometre parcel of land.
Shortly after, the Gitxsan said they also wanted title to a 33,000-square-kilometre region, and said they’d be evicting trespassers.
On Wednesday, that notice was posted in one of the largest papers in the province.
“All activities on Gitxsan Laxyip shall cease on or before Aug. 4, 2014 until such time the Crown of Canada and British Columbia obtain consent for any activities on Gitxsan Laxyip,” reads the half-page ad in the Vancouver Sun.
“We are exercising our Inherent Right and Title to our laxyip pursuant to the recognition of the Supreme Court of Canada and most recently Tsilqot’in, which speak to the preservation of our rights and title to our lands.”
Bev Clifton Percival of the Gitxsan Treaty Society said neither the provincial nor federal governments have tried to make contact with the nation since their initial eviction statement July 10.
“This is on them and Canada, the notice is to them and Canada,” Percival said, insisting the province gave others permission to operate on Gitxsan land without consultation. “They created the situation, so you’d think they would want to sit with us and find a solution.”
The notice gives until Aug. 4 to leave the territory in dispute.