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Distributed for Purich Publishing

For Future Generations

Reconciling Gitxsan and Canadian Law

With material provided by the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs’ office, court transcripts from Delgam’Uukw v. British Columbia, and her own research, Dawn Mills paints a compelling picture of the Gitxsan and their right to land and self-government. While the book focuses on the judgments rendered in the Gitxsan’s struggle in the Supreme Court and an analysis of the judgments and strategies utilized, Mills also details the Gitxsan relationship to the land and their community. Contrary to the position taken by many legal scholars, Mills argues that the trial judgment in the Delgam’Uukw decision opened up new opportunities for First Nations people to present evidence based on oral traditions that had not been previously accepted by the courts. 

192 pages

Table of Contents

Foreword / Don Ryan
Gitxsan Glossary

1. Be Gentle on the Newcomers

2. Since the Coming of the Lixs giigyet
The Arrival of the Lixs giigyet: The Regional Economy 1795 - 1910
Tensions between the Lixs giigyet and the Gitxsan: 1871 - 1884
The Land Question
The Establishment of the Reserve Commission in 1875
Reserve Allocations: 1891 - 1898
The Stewart-Vowell Commission

3. The Trials of the Gitxsan
Delgam’Uukw v. Attorney General of British Columbia
After 1927: Background to the 1987 Trial
The Calder Case
The British Columbia Court of Appeal Decision, 1993
Delgam’Uukw v. British Columbia, 1997

4. Gitxsan Property, Ownership, and Governance
Wilp Property and Ownership
The Sigidim haanak’a and Governance Principles

5. Gitxsan Reconciliation
Past Usage of the Crown
Gitxsan Acts of Reconciliation
The Gitxsan Treaty Model


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