Hundreds rally in Vancouver in support of BC anti-pipeline blockade

Hundreds rally in Vancouver in support of BC anti-pipeline blockade

Hundreds rally in Vancouver in support of BC anti-pipeline blockade

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.

Coastal GasLink had obtained an injunction from the Supreme Court of B.C. ordering the removal of obstructions so preliminary work could begin on the pipeline carrying natural gas from the Dawson Creek area to Kitimat. Coastal GasLink says it has signed agreements with First Nations along the pipeline route.

"We are bound by the rule of law in this country", he said. But they later realized the matter couldn't be resolved and took action. At least a dozen police vehicles were present, as well as a helicopter and river boats, according to people at the scene.

"We recognize that when our relationships are based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership, we deliver better results for everyone-stronger communities, healthier citizens, thriving cultures, and greater economic success".

"It's about getting out of poverty and finding a way for our people".

Police watch over duelling protests in downtown Calgary on Tuesday. But she said the issue was further complicated by the fact that elected band councils had approved the pipeline, despite the objections of hereditary chiefs.

"It has been a long, and sometimes hard, journey but we are proud of the relationships we've built, and the support of the communities and all 20 elected Indigenous bands along the route as well as the many hereditary chiefs who also support the project", he wrote.

She says the pipeline is going to "compromise and jeopardize" the vision the First Nation has for the space as a healing centre, and cites safety concerns for the community.

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TransCanada has previously said it has no intention of dismantling the camp - which is in the path of the proposed pipeline - but just wants access to the site for construction.

"Building consensus under duress will make the resolution of the situation in northern British Columbia very hard", Perry Bellegarde said in a statement Tuesday. "And I am confident that they can do this". "But I think that there's not room for us to have our voice here because a lot of racism has come from these type of protests and they haven't made space for Indigenous people at all", Robinson said.

Wickham was in Prince George where she said 13 people arrested for violating the court order, including her sister Molly Wickham, were scheduled to appear in court.

While the Wet'suwet'en First Nation's elected leadership signed a benefits agreement in support of Coastal GasLink, the project is unanimously opposed by its hereditary chiefs, who exert jurisdiction over the nation's vast swath of traditional territory.

Wickham, who has fielded calls from India and the United Kingdom about the pipeline resistance, said it's been "surreal" to see the worldwide response.

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

The injunction is to remove anyone who interferes with a Coastal GasLink pipeline project in and around the Morice River Bridge.

LNG Canada announced in October that it was moving ahead with its plans for the Kitimat export facility.

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One man at the North Bay protest told CTV Northern Ontario demonstrators want "peace and dialogue" and want politicians to demand that the RCMP "not move in and forcibly remove sovereign people from their own land".

In Toronto, hundreds of protesters rallied in front of city hall before marching through the streets.

Those in attendance voiced their opposition to the events in B.C. and performed traditional Indigenous rituals such as smudging, a ceremony that involves the burning of sacred herbs.

"Thank you all for your patience today", Trudeau eventually told the crowd that had been reassembled at the Wellington building, for the Canada-Modern Treaty and Self-Governing First Nations Forum.

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

"We are proud of the people who were arrested because they did the right thing".

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