Gitanyow Nation Launches Defensive Stance Against Potential Transfer of Forestry License

By Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs
December 14, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

TERRACE, BC / GITANYOW LAX’YIP — The Gitanyow Hereditary Chiefs stand resolute, ready to contest any attempts to transfer FLA16882 to a non-Gitanyow entity. This forestry license, deeply intertwined with Gitanyow’s traditional lands, presents an unmistakable and high potential for substantial adverse impacts on Gitanyow’s rights. FLA16882, formerly held by Skeena Sawmills in Terrace, BC, is one of three forest licenses. Despite a Cooperative Harvest Agreement previously in place with Gitanyow, Skeena Sawmills’ recent bankruptcy has put its assets, including FLA16882, in receivership. Gitanyow’s offer to purchase FLA16882 was initially declined, as Skeena Sawmills aims to sell assets as a complete package, including the Terrace Mill and all forest licenses. “The Chiefs have formally alerted the Receiver overseeing the assets of Skeena Sawmills and the B.C. government of our unyielding stance to defend Gitanyow’s constitutionally protected rights,” says Simogyet Malii.

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