B.C. First Nation suspends eviction to Crown after meeting with government

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TERRACE, B.C. - Eviction notices to CN Rail (TSX:CNR), forest companies and sport fishermen given by a British Columbia First Nation have been suspended after the Gitxsan (Git-san) band met with provincial and federal governments on Thursday.

Gitxsan negotiator Beverley Clifton Percival says the nation received a written statement from government after the meeting that said Crown may amend an agreement-in-principle that signed away lands claimed by the Gitxsan to the Kitselas and Kitsumkalum bands.

Percival says the signing was done without the consent of her First Nation and therefore was illegal, but added she is hopeful talks in the coming weeks will resolve the dispute.

The Gitxsanis suspending evictions until Aug. 25 while the First Nation meets with Crown, the Kitselas and the Kitsumkalum.

The band issued a notice last month telling CN, foresters and fishermen to leave the 33,000 square kilometres of territories it claims near Terrace, in northern B.C., by Aug. 4.

The Gitxsan had also previously accused government of licensing businesses to operate on its territories without the First Nation's consent.

Organizations: British Columbia First Nation, CN Rail, TSX

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  • cameron sheppard
    August 10, 2014 - 16:35

    for starters who gave away 33000 kilometers of Canadian land and why? this is getting real old. as far as im concerned,call me what you want, todays natives have no real claim to any land. they are Canadian ctizens and that's all !! no special treatment for anyone!! get over it!!