NEWS RELEASE · 19th February 2012
A MESSAGE TO THE VOTERS OF GITANMAAX, GLEN VOWELL, KISPIOX AND GITWANGAK
During the past month it became clear that many Gitxsan wanted an opportunity to express their views on the Gitxsan Treaty Society (GTS) and participate in a vote on whether G.T.S. should represent them in treaty negotiations.
Voting was held in Gitanmaax, Glen Vowell, Kispiox, Gitwangak, Terrace, Vancouver and Prince George. Off reserve members were extended an opportunity to fax in their ballots with appropriate identification. Votes were counted on Thursday, February 16, 2012.
Of 830 votes cast, 749 voters want the Gitxsan Treaty Society to remain closed. The 749 members also confirm that they do not want the Gitxsan Treaty Society to represent them in treaty negotiations. 81 voters want the GTS to be re-opened and they want the society representing them in treaty negotiations.
The results of this vote will be presented in the B.G. Supreme Court by the Spookw Plaintiffs on March 5, 6th and 7th, 2012. At that time the Spookw Plaintiffs will argue against the Gitxsan Treaty Society belng able to take steps to make themselves a legal entity. (On January 9, 2012 Judge McEwen held that the Gitxsan Treaty Society was not a legal society, and it had an illegally appointed Board of Directors).
We apologize to the many off reserve voters who were unable to vote. Unfortunately we had to call a sudden vote to meet court established deadlines.
Thank you for voting.