Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Research | By Raquel Erickson

First Nation Opposing Kinder Morgan Pipeline

First Nation Opposing Kinder Morgan Pipeline

" In our Secwepemc summertime gathering, we stood with the Gitxsan and also Wet' suwet' en by way of ceremony and our people renewed our dedication to our land to nation partnership as incorporated within the Peace and Cooperation Accord".

According to the agreement, company workers will be allowed to cross the bridge and RCMP will remove a roadblock that was preventing members of the nation from accessing a Unist'ot'en healing camp near the bridge.

Napoleon said the governments and companies negotiating with First Nations on everything from treaties to resource development must find ways to include and accept differing Indigenous governance and legal structures as part of their agreements.

The Coastal GasLink pipeline would run though the Wet'suwet'en territory to LNG Canada's $40 billion export terminal in Kitimat, B.C.

When the RCMP enforced the injunction they also dismantled a nearby checkpoint erected by members of the Wet'suwet'en, who say the company does not have authority to work on their territory without consent from the nation's hereditary clan chiefs. They argue the elected council only has jurisdiction over the reserve, which is a much smaller area than the 22,000 square kilometres that comprise the Wet'suwet'ens traditional territory.

We have just come through 150 years of oppression, assimilation, cultural genocide and the attempted annihilation of First Nations and it seems that Confederation policies will remain the same for the next 150 years despite hallow talk to build a new Nation to Nation relationship with the original people of Turtle Island by the demonstration of heavy handed actions that have now been observed around the world.

Trudeau said he would not visit the blockade site.

We stand in unity and solidarity with our British Columbia Wet'suwete'en brothers and sisters who courageously and determined to protect and defend fairness, justice, and the truth.

Horgan said there are jurisdictional challenges facing B.C. that are different in every circumstance when it comes to aboriginal land claims and rights.

"This is the clash of two forms of government", he said in an interview Tuesday.

Trudeau was visiting Kamloops on Wednesday and highlighted the benefits of the LNG export facility in a speech at a Liberal fundraiser.

Police officers were literally imposing a B.C. court order approved in favor of TransCanada Corp. subsidiary Coast GasLink.

"It has been lengthy, and in some cases a challenging journey, however, we take pride in the relationships we've developed, and the support of the communities from the twenty elected Native bands along the path, in addition to the numerous hereditary leaders that likewise support the project", this individual noted.

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