Exactly two weeks to the day after the Supreme Court of Canada handed down a landmark ruling on Tsilhqot’in aboriginal title, another BC First Nation is pressing the decision into action.

The Gitwangak and Gitsegukla have ordered all sport fishermen off the Skeena River and also say CN Rail and any Crown authorized forestry operations must pack up by August 4th.

The order covers 33,000 square kilometres of Gitxsan territory sprawling across northwestern BC and remains in effect until consent to return has been given by Gitxsan Hereditary Chiefs.

The action follows a high court ruling issued June 26th, giving the Tsilhqot’in title to thousands of kilometres of land in central BC, and requiring governments and businesses to obtain aboriginal consent before any development may proceed.