Gitxsan Battle Enbridge with Video Cameras and Social Media


In the wake of the bogus deal Enbridge attempted to foist on the Gitxsan people of Northwest BC last month to help pave the way for its controversial proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, the community has banded together in inspiring fashion – with camcorders and the Web as their weapons of choice. The Enbridge resistance has given birth to a new website, youtube and facebook pages and twitter feed which thoroughly document the opinions of elected and hereditary chiefs and citizens, community gatherings, and interactions with the RCMP and ousted treaty negotiators who sparked the crisis by signing the since-invalidated agreement with Enbridge.

The Gitxsan fired and evicted these treaty negotiators last month, in the wake of the deal signed by head negotiator Elmer Derrick, and have continued to occupy the treaty office in New Hazelton ever since. A recent failed attempt by some of the ousted treaty office staff to re-enter the building – facilitated by the RCMP – was documented on camera (scroll down). Watch some of these videos below and stay tuned to the Gitxsan’s website, video and facebook pages and twitter feed to follow the issue through the eyes of the community.

RCMP Attempt to Facilitate Return of Ousted Treaty Negotiators to New Hazelton Office


About Damien Gillis

Damien Gillis is a Vancouver-based documentary filmmaker with a focus on environmental and social justice issues - especially relating to water, energy, and saving Canada's wild salmon - working with many environmental organizations in BC and around the world. He is the co-founder, along with Rafe Mair, of The Common Sense Canadian, and a board member of both the BC Environmental Network and the Haig-Brown Institute.