Coast Tsimshian Set Up Info Blockade on Highway 16 at Kasiks, in Territory Dispute with Nisga'a

A territorial dispute between the Coast Tsimshian and the Nisga'a First Nations may result in traffic delays for motorists travelling between Prince Rupert and Terrace today.

Members of the Nine Tribes of the Coast Tsimshian set up an information blockade today (from 11am until 1pm) on Highway 16 near Kasiks Bridge, west of Terrace, to protest the BC Government's plans to sell the Nasoga Gulf Lands north of Lax Kw'alaams to the Nisga’a Nation.


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The Nine Tribes say  those lands are traditionally part of Coast Tsimshian territory -- and that they will defend them, vigorously, through direct action as well as through the courts.

The Coast Tsimshian say the lands have great potential to support the liquefied natural gas industry.

They say the Nine Tribes support responsible development in their traditional territory and membership would consider LNG development.

They're calling for a way forward that would be benefit everyone, including the Nine Tribes, the Nisga’a Nation, the region, BC and Canada.