Gitxsan Development Corporation

Fostering a healthy Gitxsan economy with community at its core


The Gitxsan “People of the River Mist”

The Gitxsan have presided over their 33,00km sq. lax yip (traditional lands) in Northwestern British Columbia since time immemorial, stewarding the land and its resources through a matrilineal land based tenure system in accordance with Ayookim Gitxsan (Gitxsan laws).

In 1984, to seek recognition of, and to assert its ownership over its traditional territories, the Gitxsan took legal action. Thirteen years later, the Supreme Court of Canada decided the case, which became known as “Delgamuukw”. The ruling set a new precedent for proving aboriginal title, defined “consultation” and “accomodation”.

After the ruling, resource extraction and development continued unabated in Gitxsan territories and the Gitxsan people remained largely shut out of these mainstream economic sectors. In response, the Gitxsan created their own business entity, the Gitxsan Development Corporation.


“We must educate our youth to enable us as Gitxsan to be part of the world economy, and through our traditional teachings of our values and strong Gitxsan Nation rooted in our lax yip; lax yip that will always be sustainable”

– Wii Eelast


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Spotlight: Hazelton students access Carpentry Training close to home

Parked just outside the Hazelton campus sits Coast Mountain College’s glacier coloured mobile trades training unit. It represents learning in close to home and brings education to the doorstep of students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access trades training in...
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USRC: Building a Community

BC Wood is proud to present this short video that tells the story of how this Upper Skeena community came together to make a dream a reality, one that will benefit residents and visitors of all ages and backgrounds today, and for many years to come. It highlights the...
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Community comes together to help Carpentry Apprentices succeed

Seven carpentry apprentices from Gitxsan villages were almost done their Level 1 training at the Hazelton campus of Coast Mountain College when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. That’s when their employer sponsor, Gitxsan Development Corporation (GDC) tested the strength of...
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Gitxsan Energy Inc. Bulk Pellet Sales & Delivery

Gitxsan Energy Inc. is open for business! Pellets: Bulk pellets are picked up from our supplier Skeena Sawmill in Terrace, BC Pellets do have a high BTU value Pellets are made from a combination of soft woods and hard woods, primarily Hemlock These pellets are...
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Environmental Technician Certificate Wrap-up

On November 29th the seven-week Environmental Technician Certificate program concluded. The program was being offered in partnership with Vancouver Island University (VIU). This was the third program Gitxsan Development Corporation (GDC) and VIU have partnered in...
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News Release – MOU Increases trades education and employment opportunities through the Gitxsan Development Corporation

Hazelton, B.C.– As part of its commitment to support success in trades education and apprenticeship for First Nations, and actively working towards reconciliation, Industry Training Authority (ITA), in partnership with the Gitxsan Development Corporation (GDC), is...