Community Description

The Gitxaala Nation is a First Nations government located at Kitkatla, British Columbia, Canada in the province's North Coast region. The community's history is deeply rooted in the oceanic landscape it is embedded in. It is one of the longest continually inhabited communities in all of "Turtle Island" which is a traditional reference to all of North America. The ancestry of the people living here dates back to 10,000 years! It is a beautiful and peaceful community that values and respects the ideal location and resources on which the people and animals have lived for centuries

Treaty or Tribal Association

Independent

Economic Development Background

The Gitxaala Nation does not operate a development corporation, but through its council members who oversee the economic development portfolio, it manages its business affairs and external relations in ways that benefit its membership

Summary of Economic Development Agreements, Community Businesses and Joint Ventures

Gitxaala operates a robust fisheries program that oversees and carries out program development and implementation, project work planning, negotiations of the Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy Agreement, and maintains dialogue and co-management initiatives between DFO and Gitxaa_a. The Nation also has a forestry program, and has engaged with the proponents of the Prince Rupert and Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission projects.

Community Details:

North Coast
Gitxaala Nation
Formerly Kitkatla (Pre-2004) (Variation Kitlathla); Meaning "People Of The Salt"
Smalgyax
Skeena (Smithers)
http://gitxaalanation.com/
1885.2 hectares

Contact Details:

Mark Ignas Business Manager
(250) 848-2214
(250) 848-2238
P.O. Box 149 Kitkatla, BC, Canada V0V 1C0
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