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Gitanyow to re-start title claim

The Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs Office is reviving its push for recognition of Gitanyow title in its traditional territory.

The Gitanyow originally filed a protective writ in 2003 following the Delgamuukw decision, but since then the case was not pursued.

Glen Williams is Chief Negotiator for the Gitanyow.

He says there’s a lot of activity going on in their traditional territory, and having title is the only way to protect it.

The Nisga’a Final Agreement is also adding another layer of complexity to their case.

The Gitanyow say the Nass Wildlife Area and Nass Area that was established in the final agreement affects 84% of Gitanyow territory.

They say while there’s a high standard of proof to establishing title, the Nisga’a Treaty was signed without such requirements for evidence.

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