Indigenous Leadership and Sovereignty in the Skeena
In 2021, members of the Git'luuhl'um'hetxwit House Group installed a gate and settlement to occupy and protect their traditional lands from logging, effectively keeping the BC Forestry industry from extracting an estimated billion dollars worth of lumber, including significant stands of old growth.
However, there are multiple layers to this kind of action and a deep history of strategy and knowledge that has been learned during decades of resistance.
The blockade itself may grab headlines, but there is a litany of subtler actions and cascading violations of Indigenious laws over many years that have precipitated it.
Come hear from members of the Gitxsan nation as they speak about their experiences with how direct action itself is only the tip of the iceberg.