Located on the Nass River in northwest BC, the Gitanyow use a traditional, house system of governance that is highly democratic and open through the mechanism of the feast. Their house system contains within it a traditional system of planning by eight hereditary chiefs and consultation within the houses. The house territories compose the traditional territory of the Gitanyow.
Gitanyow Nation participated in the Circle of Governance Excellence, a program of our predecessor, the National Centre for First Nations Governance. This program gave recognition to Gitanyow Nation’s excellence in effective, independent governance and resulted in the development of these resources for First Nations communities across Canada: