British Columbia

B.C. court orders Gitxsan protesters to end blockade

The B.C. Supreme court has issued an order telling Gitxsan First Nation protesters to halt their blockade. About 50 Gitxsan protesters have been camped out outside the band's treaty office in Old Hazelton, B.C., since Sunday.
Hereditary Gitxsan First Nation chief Roy Wilson of the Wolf clan stands in front of the boarded-up Gitxsan Treaty Office (George Baker/CBC)

The B.C. Supreme court has issued an order telling Gitxsan First Nation protesters to halt their blockade.  

About 50 Gitxsan protesters have been camped out outside the band's treaty office in Old Hazelton, B.C., since Sunday.

Hereditary Chief Norm Stephens says the order was pinned to the office door overnight Wednesday.

Gitxsan members are angry with an agreement signed between Enbridge and treaty office negotiators on Friday.

That agreement would give the Gitxsan part ownership in the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, but some of the band's hereditary chiefs say the agreement was negotiated without their consent.

Despite the B.C. Supreme Court order, Stephens says protesters have no plans to leave, and say band members will be arrested, if necessary.