Heritage and Archaeology 

The GEM Heritage Program seeks to promote, and protect

the Gitxaała culture and language. The documentation

and protection of cultural sites and activities is a high

priority for the Nation. The development of language

resources is a growing part of the Heritage program’s work.

The program works to support Gitxaała Gugwilyaansk, the

process of inheritance.

 

GEM Gugwilxyaansk. Nii hałelsa gwa’a d mint łuutmks

na ayaawsga  Gitxaała., ada dp łuutiga txa ‘nii Lax

yipyuups na wil dsaax dzooga ga nigyetgm. Ła dip la hooy

n lip alyaagm ada ła wila dp gisya’ant.

 

GEM Heritage facilitates the community-based research

required for Gitxaała’s engagement in Environmental

Assessment projects.  In response to proposed

developments in Gitxaała territory, GEM has produced

project-specific Gitxaała Use Studies, documenting the

ways in which Gitxaała citizens use and manage their

resources and territories, and their project concerns.

 

Gitxaała Nation initiated a collaborative archaeology research project with UBC to explore resource use and settlement patterns. Since 2009 we have documented a series of Gitxaała villages and occupation sites.  Many of these places, while known within Gitxaała, had not been documented in official databases.  As a result of increased large ship traffic and related industrial developments Gitxaała has taken a proactive approach to get out in front of the developments to record and document our own history.

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Language and Cultural Programming

GEM Heritage seeks to implement community planning priorities regarding Gitxaała culture and language.

Language Resources. In 2013 the program produced a booklet of children’s stories based on the childhood experiences of Gitxaała Elders in the early to mid-twentieth century.

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P.O Box 149, V0V 1C0

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CLC Prince Rupert Telephone:

1-250-624-2422
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C.L.C Lach KlanTelephone:

1-250-848-2286 Francesca

1-250-848-2221 Kirsten

CLC Prince Rupert Office

230-110 1st Ave. West,

Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1A8

G.E.M Office: 

280-110 1st Ave. West,

Prince Rupert, BC V8J 3S1

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64 Ocean Drive

Kitkatla, BC V0V1C0

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