Gitxsan Unity Attained
If only for one day and night, unity was visable and it was felt in the air. On Saturday May 5th, 2012 Wilps Wiigyet (house group) of the Gisgaast (Fireweed) Clan hosted a settlement feast. It was an emotional time for the host clan as they completed the business of four house members, with the raising of headstones and passing on the names of their loved ones. Once the Gimlitxwit finished speaking, Wilps Wiigyet’s business was completed.
It was estimated that two hundred and fifty people witnessed this feast. They shared food, gifts, singing, drumming and dancing, names were passed on and there was a feeling of pride in the atmoshpere. Pride for the host house group and pride for all, in being Gitxsan and in witnessing Gitxsan protocol being conducted. Just as it has been done throughout the existance of the Gitxsan Nation. The Gitxsan Ayookw is alive and well.
The menu was soups of wild game, some were made of smoked venison, others were chowders made of seafoods. Sandwiches made of salmon and bannock. Biscuits and baked buns, pies cookies and candies. Dessert was maa’y (berries). The Gimlitxwit and their wing Chiefs enjoyed herring eggs (swink) and oolichons (saak). Many gifts were handed out to all who had witnessed this important event and to those who had conducted the work for the host wilp.
One wonders, after witnessing our proud Nation coming together as one, how can our nation be in such turmoil, over our governance system? The Gitxsan Treaty Society (GTS) claim they follow and exist by the Gitxsan law. Then why do they continue to disregard the Gimlitxwit and continue on with business? Why do they continue to conduct Gitxsan business within the whiteman’s courts and not in our feast halls? It is time for the GTS to step aside and allow the Gimlitxwit to settle this crises within the Gitxsan system. The only people who buy into their deception is the resource hungry Governments and corporate controlled media.
The host clan was praised for their working together, for the organization and planning that went into hosting this settlement feast. The high Chiefs commended how their hosts followed Gitxsan protocol diligently.
“I was worried about the direction our traditional ways were being taken. After witnessing the feast tonight, I am no longer worried”
Spookw (Dora Wilson)
It is now time for the Gitxsan Treaty Society to do what the honorable Gitxsan Simgiigyet do. Follow Gitxsan law and settle this matter in the feast hall. Our forefathers would be proud of you for conducting our business in the proper manner.
Lesson for the day…. A Gitxsan Simoogyet will not talk badly of another Simoogyet.
The Gitxsan Unity Movement began as Gitxsan Against Enbridge in early December 2011. The goal of the movement is to bring harmony between the Gitxsan Government and the values, law and will of the Gitxsan.
The Gitxsan Chiefs shut down the Gitxsan Treaty Office on December 5, 2011 because they were acting contrary to Gitxsan law and values through their unilateral agreement with Enbridge.
The Gitxsan Unity Movement is standing up for the truth. The GTS is trying in vain to put the people of Gitxsan Unity Movement in jail for standing up for the truth!
“The Unity Movement is not only standing up for the truth, they are standing up for the generations to follow”
John Olson, a Gitxsan Unity Movement member
We strive for accountability, transparency and to return the authority and jurisdiction to its’ rightful place, the Gitxsan Simgiigyet and the Gitxsan nation.
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