Current Conditions


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

August 09, 2014 - 4:30 PM

TERRACE, B.C. - Eviction notices to CN Rail, forest companies and sport fishermen given by a British Columbia First Nation have been suspended after the Gitxsan 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.

News from © Canadian Press, 2014
Canadian Press

  • Popular vernon News
  • Comments
  • How Vernon residents are spreading community spirit one painted rock at a time
    VERNON - Located on a nondescript side street in Vernon sits a landmark known by all the neighbourhood kids as ‘The Wishing Tree.’ A little wooden sign describing it as such has
  • Police seek missing North Okanagan teen
    VERNON – RCMP are looking for the public’s help finding a missing 16-year-old North Okanagan girl. Ebony Holmgren was last seen on June 16 in the 11000 block of Tassie Drive in C
  • Depp's 'assassin' comments the latest in celebrity anger
    NEW YORK - Johnny Depp apologized Friday for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when d
  • Heat wave expected across Interior this weekend
    The Interior is going to be hit by a heat wave. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement warning about hot weather across the Southern Interior, including the South Thompson
  • Okanagan cherry season is underway
    KELOWNA - Nothing quite says summer in the Okanagan than eating ripe, juicy cherries until your hands are stained red and your stomach is aching it’s so full. Lucky for us, that time is now.
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile