Downtown pipeline protest draws small crowd

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Downtown pipeline protest draws small crowd

RCMP enforced a court injunction against a camp of LNG opponents in northern B.C. on Monday arresting 14 people and rallies in support of the protest were held across the country on Tuesday.y. A speech by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, where he was planning talk about First Nations self-government, was delayed by RCMP after demonstrators showed up at the building.

"Even though we say no, they're forcing this project on us, and they're using military and police forces on peaceful people".

Despite what appeared to a be a subdued start to their interaction with demonstrators, the force said in a statement that night that more than a dozen people had been taken into custody, adding that officers felt confident the standoff could not be resolved without their involvement.

Demonstrators argue Wet'suwet'en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given consent. One of the people arrested was Molly Wickham, spokeswoman for the Cas Yex house of the Gidimt'en clan. Though TransCanada has stated it has signed agreements with all elected First Nations along the pipeline route, some hereditary chiefs still oppose the project.

Summing up the Indigenous group's opposition to the pipeline company's sustained effort to move forward with construction, Madeek declared at a news conference on Sunday, "We want them right off Wet'suwet'en territory".

Roberts said the North Bay protest is "honouring those who came before us", and returns the support communities across the country showed when North Bay protesters fought against TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline project.

"What happened and what is circulating on social media is setting the tone for 2019, which could prove to be battleground for issues with regard to native rights issues and resource development", he said.

She said she believes the issue is gaining attention now because the Gidimt'en have dispelled the myth that it's only individuals from one clan opposing the project.

"We will be gathering to demand that Canada's provincial and federal governments uphold their responsibilities to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and 'Anuc niwhi'it'en (Wet'suwet'en law)", wrote Climate Justice Edmonton in a release.

The MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley says he's happy with the peace protesters have maintained throughout their demonstrations.

Organizers believe the police are headed for Unist'ot'en Camp, members of which are listed in the court injunction.

Cpl. Madonna Saunderson would not say how many RCMP officers were involved in the operation.

The Mounties say they were enforcing the injunction from the B.C. Supreme Court in removing anyone who interferes with the Coastal GasLink project in and around the Morice River Bridge. There was also a pro-pipeline protest in Calgary, Alberta.

Construction on the $6.2-billion, 670 kilometre pipeline connecting gas producers in the Dawson Creek area with the Kitimat export plant, is scheduled to begin this month.

"They're a sovereign nation and that's their own territory", local activist Lorena Shepley said of the unceded territory belonging to the Wet'suwet'en Nation.

Protesters marched through downtown Toronto, chanting "TransCanada has got to go" and brought afternoon traffic to a halt.

Tom Sigurdson, Executive Director of the B.C. Building Trades, at BCIT's Iron Worker's Training center in July 2018.

Protesters storm a building where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was scheduled to address a forum bringing together federal officials and representatives from self-governing First Nations that have "modern" treaties with the Crown in Ottawa on January 8, 2019.

"This is wrong and we have to stop it".

Protestor Lena Ross believes it has become too common for Canadians to disregard Indigenous peoples' rights.

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