Gitxsan Come Together, Call for Healing and Strength
by Damien Gillis l The Canadian.org
While news emerges that a court order may have been obtained to remove Gitxsan leaders and community members who took over the Treaty office in Hazelton earlier this week - in response to a deal made with Enbridge by treaty negotiator Elmer Derrick without the knowledge or approval of the community - a new video demonstrates how the Gitxsan are banding together in this moment of crisis.
The situation is summed up eloquently by one of the community matriarchs shown in the video, produced by Ardea Films:
"Today is a new beginning. Today is the day the healing will begin. Our hearts have been broken, our families have been divided. Today, we'll begin to talk, we'll begin to love; we'll begin to share and honour one another once again. So I put this out to all of us as Gitxsan people: We must stay strong, as the whole country - particularly our aboriginal neighbours - are disappointed with us ...But we must stay strong. We must stay proud."