Gitxsan unity movement removes blockade for auditors
Official Press release June 11/2012Today the Gitxsan Unity Movement (GUM) removed their blockade infront of the Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs Office, formerly known as theGitxsan Treaty Society (GTS) Office. GUM removed the plywood and lumber blocking all access, theyinstalled six month previous, to allow the enforced forensic audit tobe conducted. The audit was ordered through Indian and NorthernAffairs Canada (INAC) Special Investigations office.
Chief Audit and Evaluation Executive, Anne Scotton, fromDepartmental Audit and Evaluation Branch, attended at shortly after9:00 am Monday with two audit professionals from Deloitte andTouche out of Ottawa.The decision to allow access was in collaboration with the RCMPover the past two weeks. GTS staff were permitted to enter thebuilding to assist the Auditors, from the firm to locate all materialrelated to the forensic audit.Scotton advised the auditors will be mirroring (copying) the harddrives of all the computers as well as scanning all the files andpaperwork in the offices. They will also attend all the satelliteoffices and the off site accountants offices in Smithers to ensurethey secure all the documentation for their investigations.
The Gitxsan Unity Movement appreciates INAC and the RCMP fortheir efforts in securing all financial statements and material relativeto the operations of the GTS. It will show accountability to themoney received in the name of the Gitxsan people.GUM remains open to and extends an invitation to the GTSGimlitxwit to meet and settle unresolved issues pertaining totransparency and the return of authority and jurisdiction back to itsrightful place, the Gitxsan Simgigyet and the Gitxsan Nation.End of Press ReleasePlease forward questions to;John Olson (250) 842-0067
GUM has moved a step closer, but also realizes the real work hasjust begun. Our goal is to bring harmony between the Gitxsangovernment and the values, law and will of the Gitxsan.The Gitxsan Unity Movement is 100% volunteer driven, with GitxsanHereditary Chiefs and members working in the best interest of ourland, culture and peopleTAKE NOTICE that the Gitxsan Treaty Society and terminated staff, GordonSebastian, Elmer Derrick and Beverley Clifton-Percival, are not authorizedrepresentatives of the Gitxsan people. Any act engaged in by this entity orindividuals representing themselves as authorized representative is invalid and ofno force and effect as against the Gitxsan people. Any Government, entity orindividual who engages in negotiation or business transactions with GTS orterminated staff, do so at their own risk