Source: Virtual Museum Canada
Focus: Secondary students
Summary: This exhibit explores Gitxsan governance through a 20-year community event that became known in the courts and media as the Delgamuukw land title action. The essence of the Delgamuukw action was defining the relationship between Gitxsan ayookw (laws), adaawk (oral histories) and daxgyet (Chiefs’ authority) and Western society’s laws. The impact of the meeting of the two worldviews – typified by Gitxsan governance and Western governing systems – is still being felt in B.C. and across Canada.
The basis of the Gitxsan governing system are the ayookw, adaawk and daxgyet that flow from the 30,000-square-kilometre traditional land base in Northwest British Columbia, Canada.
Gitxsan are inseparable from this land of snow-capped peaks, lush, temperate rainforests and swift flowing rivers. The Gitxsan governing system developed as part of a more than 10,000-year-old intimate connection to the land and kin.
A few of the interactive features of this site include a game (the quiz button at the bottom of the web page), a multiple choice quiz included in each of the six sections and the feedback feature where you can submit your questions or comments on exhibit topics.