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Chiefs Threatened With Imprisionment by Gts

Chiefs Threatened With Imprisionment by Gts

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P0 Box 332 I Hazelton, BC I
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T 250-842 3306; 250-842-8197 F (250)842-6833
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UNITED GITXSAN CHIEFS
May 3, 2012
For Immediate public distribution
OPEN LETTER TO GITXSAN PEOPLE AND CHIEFS Axtii Hiikw
- Sam Derrick;
Djogaslee
-
Ted Mowatt; Duubisxw -Bernadette Mclean; Gaxsbgabaxs - Robert Harvey;
Gee!
- Kathy
Blackstock;
Gilla 'wa
- Peter Turley;
Gitludahi
-Alvin Weget;
Guxsan
- Larry Marsden;
Gwagl'lo
Rod Sampare; Gwiiyeehl -Brian Williams;
Hanamuxw-
Don Ryan;
Lelt
-Lloyd Ryan;
Ma'uus-
Jeff
Harris;
Miluulak
- Alice Jeffrey; Niis Noohi -Ray Jones; Nikateen-Francis Sampson;
Sakxum
Higookw
-Vernon Smith;
Simadiiks
-Calvin Hyzims;
Tewelasxw
-Anna Marcheldon;
Tenimgyet
-
Art Mathews;
Wii Elaast
- Jim Angus;
Wii Hiengwax-
Lance Williams;
Wii Minosik
-Larry Skuish
Wii 'Mugulsxw
-Art Wilson;
Woosim!axha
- Victor Mowatt; Gwoimtxw -Sadie Harris;Xhliiyemlaxh- Ivan Sampson;
Xsgogimlaxha
- Vernon Milton; Yagosip -Joyce Turner; Yal -Aubrey
Jackson;
AND TO GITXSAN BAND COUNCILS OF GITANMAAX, GLEN VOWELL, KISPIOX,GITSEGUKLA AND GITWANGAK
RE:
Those who stand up for Gitxsan rights threatened with imprisonment by GTS
Today, Gitxsan chiefs and Gitxsan people were served with the attached Application to Courtby Gitxsan Treaty Society's lawyers that they will go to B.C. Supreme court in Smithers on May14, 2012 to ask Judge McEwan to grant an Order to either fine Gitxsan chiefs and people in anamount up to $5,000.00 each; send us to prison for up to six months, or both fine and imprisonus; because we are opposed to GTS continuing to do business after GTS was ordered closed andGordon Sebastian, Elmer Derrick and Bev Clifton-Percival were terminated at the December 5,2011 All Clans meeting. GTS is also seeking an Order which will require the RCMP to enforce
the injunction by arresting any individual who attempts to keep the CTS closed. To date, the
RCMP has not taken steps to enforce the injunction to give opportunity to the Gitxsan to deal
with this matter internally.
We have attempted to deal with GTS by engaging in a Hereditary Chiefs discussion. A numberof Declaration Chiefs met with GTS chiefs, the most recent meeting held at Ksari on April 18,2012, to discuss ways to resolve the conflict and protect information stored at GTS office and
thereby hopefully bring an end to the standoff. We believed we were making progress and thatwe could reach agreement on sharing the information and establishing separate administration
offices to facilitate the final withdrawal from G1S. Unfortunately it appears that GTS chiefs,apparently led by Gordon Sebastian, want to prevent GTS chiefs from continuing thesediscussions and a sworn affidavit of Gwagl'lo,Rod Sampare, who attended meetings with the

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