An information session yesterday by oil and gas officials organized by the Gitsxan Development Corporation was disrupted by protesters.
LNG opponents occupied the Kispiox meeting hall and prevented the session from beginning.
Richard Wright is the spokesperson for the Gitxsan House of Luutkudziiwus.
He says protesters took over the agenda and spoke of their opposition to LNG pipelines through their house’s traditional land.
Wright says the development corporation doesn’t represent the majority of the Gitsxan people, and doesn’t have the authority to speak on their behalf.
Furthermore, he says the LNG negotiating process is flawed and not inclusive.
He says hereditary chiefs are asked to sign a confidentiality agreement that prevents them from passing information onto their house group, whom they represent.
Wright says they’ve approached the province asking for representation, but have so far been ignored.
He says his house may ultimately seek their own title.
Wright says there has been no development on their land for the last 10 months, but they will soon sign agreements for sustainable economic development with tourism operators.
The Gitxsan Development Corporation has yet to respond to CFNR’s request for comment.