Gitxsan & PRGT

November 24, 2016

The Prince Rupert Gas Transmission (PRGT) pipeline is proposed to cross (buried underground) ten individual Gitxsan huwilp’s lax yip (Delgamuukw, Geel, Gitluudaahlxw, Gwiiyeehl, Yagosip, Kliiyeem Lax Ha, Luutkudziiwus, Wii Eelast, Wii Mukwilixw, Guutginuuxs) for a total of 120 kms. The length of the proposed underground pipeline varies on each lax yip depending upon the individual territories.

Three other huwilp Simgiigyat were included at the request of the Province of British Columbia as their territories are within the 2km buffer zone of PRGT. These three Simgiigyat, Mauus, Wosimlaxha, and Gyet’mgaldo’o, also sat at the table for the last 3.5 years.

All but one wilp participated at the common table. Many efforts were made over almost four years to include participation from all the Simgiigyat at one table to deal with questions and concerns arising from the proposed project and to negotiate a benefits agreement. In the absence of this one wilp’s participation the benefits agreement has made allowances for that wilp should they choose to sign.

These hereditary chiefs have been meeting and evaluating this project for close to four years, and on behalf of their huwilp have consented that the pipeline can be placed underground on their wilp lax yip. GDC has faciliated the negotiation of both the Project Agreement with PRGT and the Benefits Agreement with the Province of British Columbia that will have lasting benefits for the Gitxsan.

Over the last four years each Simogyat has, with the assistance of expert and professional advisors, studied this project, its economic benefit to each of their huwilp and the greater community. In addition and most crucially they have reviewed its environmental impact on each of their lax yip, including effects on the salmon and the way of life on their traditional territories.

Below are the videos from some of the Simgiigyet talking about how they made their decision, why the made their decision and what the benefits will be.

The Simgiigyat have also distributed a mailer download it here - The Gitxsan and PRGT.

How did you make your decision?

Why have you consented to the trespass of the PRGT gas pipeline on your huwilp?

How will the community benefit from your support for the project?

Other sources of information:

TransCanada - Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Signs Project Agreement with Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs

The Province of British Columbia - Natural Gas Pipeline Benefit Agreements