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Vancouver - The Gitanyow and Nisga'a Indian bands have agreed to put their dispute over land in Northwest British Columbia before a mediator later this month. The Gitanyow argue that 84 per cent of their ancestral lands were included in territory recognized as Nisga'a lands in the treaty. The Gitanyow tried unsuccessfully to stop the signing of the treaty this week until the dispute was resolved.
The proposal for a mediator came from the federal government, which offered to pick up the bill for the mediator's services, to contribute funds for Gitanyow and Nisga'a participation in the three-day session, and to join in the mediation. Gitanyow spokesperson Debbie Good said yesterday she hopes the mediator will accept their claim. "The evidence shows that the territory belongs to the Gitanyow, and we will always continue to say that," she said.