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Athlii Gwaii: Upholding Haida Law on Lyell Island

Athlii Gwaii: Upholding Haida Law on Lyell Island

by Nika Collison Jisgang (Editor)


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“This is Haida land, you all know that, and we’re here to uphold the decision of the Haida Nation. This is Haida land and there will be no further logging in this area.” Kilsli Kaji Sting, Miles Richardson Jr., on the line at Athlii Gwaii, 1985

In 1985, the Haida Nation refused to accept the relentless industrial logging practices that were ravaging Gwaii Haanas, the southern part of the Haida Gwaii archipelago. Designating the area a Haida Heritage Site, they drew a line that stands to this day. Guided by Haida law and trusting in their culture, the Nation upheld their responsibility to Haida Gwaii with unwavering clarity. Canada and the province of British Columbia pushed back and seventy-two people were arrested, including many Elders. But the Haida held firm in their stand, and with the support of friends from around the world, logging was stopped. Negotiations between the Haida Nation and Canada ensued, resulting in the ground-breaking Gwaii Haanas Agreement in which both Nations agree to disagree on Title to the region, and instead focus on its protection for the benefit of all future generations.
Filled with rich political and personal stories from upwards of 40 authors, along with intimate images from this critical moment in history, Athlii Gwaii pays homage to Haida Gwaii and its people, upholds Indigenous Rights and Title, bears witness to how non-violence works and reminds us of ... the possible.

About the Authors
Contributors include Miles Richardson Jr.; Guujaaw,; Diane Brown; Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson; David Suzuki and many more. Edited by Jisgang, Nika Collison.

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ISBN-13: 9780995994669
Publisher: Locarno Press
Publication date: 09/20/2018
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jisgang, Nika Collison, is a member of the Ts’aahl Eagle clan. She is a curator at the Haida Gwaii Museum at Qay’llnagaay and co-chair of the Haida Repatriation Committee. Nika has travelled to museums around the world, collecting inventories of ancient Haida materials and helping to build relationships between these institutions and the Haida Nation. Nika is a tradition singer and drummer and a beginning cedar bark weaver. In 2000, she had the honour of apprenticing with Haida artist 7idansuu, James Hart, in the carving of “The Respect to Bill Reid Pole,” raised in memory of her chinai (grandfather).

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