About Us

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Who are we?

The Gitksan Government Commission (GGC) as an organization has been around for awhile. It was first incorporated as a not-for-profit society and registered in 1986.

GGC is governed by a Board of Directors, from representatives of the elected body from each of the member Bands. The four member Bands are Gitanyow, Gitanmaax, Glen Vowell and Kispiox. As a group, the members of GGC are of the larger Gitksan Nation, and consists of two main dialects, Gitxsenimx (west) and Gitxsanimax (east). These communities are located in the central northwest of British Columbia along the Skeena, Kispiox and Kitwanga Rivers.

As a group, the members of the Gitksan Government Commission total a population of 2240 registered Band members living in the four communities, as of December 2014. Most of our community members are young with the majority of the population under 30!  Each of the four communities are unique and have different needs and priorities for community well being. Check out each Band's website for more information. and see the local statistics page under Membership. 


Photo by Jeff Holland. 

What do we do?

The four member Bands have agreed to work collectively to secure a multi-year funding agreement with AANDC. This agreement is called an 'ARF' and provides the funding for GGC and for each member Band. Through this agreement GGC as a tribal council is responsible for providing technical,advisory and support services to the member Bands. One of they key benefits to a block funded agreement allows for the development of specific policy that is more beneficial and relevant than AANDC policy. So far there are three areas that have draft policy - education, housing and a Gitksan Social Development policy. With good fiscal and effective administration we have been able to continue with a block funded approach which in turn creates a more responsive and flexible adminstrative structure at the Band office level rather than working directly under INAC.   

The last GGC Annual General Meeting was held in Gitanyow at the Community Hall November 2014. For a copy of the information package please contact our Office.


Where are we at?

The Gitksan communities are in the beautiful Kitwanga, Kispiox and Skeena watersheds. For more information about the Skeena watersheds, contact Gitksan Watershed Authority. For more information regarding the Gitksan Hereditary system or House system, and treaty negotiations contact the Gitksan Treaty Society.

NWCC provides a good map of all the First Nations from a northwest  regional view. The map shown highlights the Hazelton area from the NWCC regional map.


Another map that highlights the language affiliation of indigenous people in BC is available at First People's Heritage, Language and Cultural Center's website.


The GGC have a small staff of 9 with the Executive Director working directly with the GGC Board of Directors.

Staff Email and Phone Extension Directory:

Diane McRae Executive Director


Ext 231  
Diane McRae Finance Manager dmcrae@gitxsangc.ca Ext 231
Elizabeth Harris Finance & Reception eharris@gitxsangc.ca Ext 221
Heather Barnes Membership Manager hbarnes@gitxsangc.ca Ext 229
 vacant Lands Officer   Ext 228
Sandra Martin Harris Program Developer & Social Development Advisor sharris@gitxsangc.ca Ext 230
Dennis Sterritt Housing &Capital dsterritt@gitxsangc.ca Ext 226  
Josh Wilson Capital Projects Manager jwilson@gitxsangc.ca 225  
Bonita Danes Gitxsan Wrap Around Facilitator bdanes@gitxsangc.ca 223

Janet Melanson


Gitxsan Wrap Around Facilitator

(Krystal Jack on leave

 jmelanson@gitxsangc.ca 228
Travis Smith Housing Intern  tsmith@gitxsangc.ca 224
Karmen Smith  Education Advisor (previously at GWES) ksmith@gitxsangc.ca 222
Staff Photo: still in progress

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