Mapping My Way Home
By Neil J. Sterritt
Publisher: Creekstone Press
150 years ago, Gitanmaax and Hazelton were the economic hub of the north when packers, traders, explorers, miners, surveyors, and hundreds of tons of freight passed through these adjacent villages. Mapping My Way Home traces the journeys of the European explorers and adventurers who came to take advantage of the opportunities that converged at the junction of the Skeena and Bulkley rivers. The author, Gitxsan leader Neil Sterritt, also shares the stories of his people, stories both ancient and recent, to illustrate their resilience when faced with the challenges the newcomers brought.
Neil Sterritt was president of the Gitxsan-Wet’suwet’en Tribal Council from 1981 to 1987, key years in the lead up to the precedent-setting aboriginal rights case known as Delgamuukw v. BC. He writes extensively on aboriginal rights and governance and serves as a consultant to many aboriginal organizations around the world.