October 26th, 2020

Local rally offers support for Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chiefs


By Kalinowski, Tim on February 11, 2020.

Protesters stage a solidarity rally Monday afternoon in front of the RCMP detachment in Lethbridge, joining others across the country supporting Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposed to the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern British Columbia. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Tim Kalinowski

Lethbridge Herald

tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com

Chanting “Reconciliation is Dead” and “Stop RCMP Brutality,” about 35 protesters gathered outside the Lethbridge RCMP detachment to express their solidarity with the blockaders among the hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en Nation in northern British Columbia, who are being forcibly removed by police for attempting to impede the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

The B.C. Supreme Court granted Coastal GasLink an expanded injunction against the Wet’suwet’en Nation members blocking access to the project last December, but the RCMP did not begin enforcing the latest court injunction until last Thursday when officers started tearing down encampments and arresting blockaders.

“We’re standing in solidarity with what’s going on in B.C. with Wet’suwet’en,” stated Lethbridge rally spokesperson Rebecca Many Grey Horses. “The forced removal of the hereditary chiefs that are holding down their traditional territory, and the lack of acknowledgement of their rights, their right to the land and their right to say ‘No’ to this pipeline.”

She called on the RCMP to end their campaign of “brutal force” against the Wet’suwet’en blockaders.

“There has been lack of consultation with the hereditary chiefs,” she said. “There has been lack of acknowledgement with their sovereign rights and governance. They (the B.C. government and Coastal GasLink) have consulted with the Indian Act chiefs, but they have failed to acknowledge there is a traditional governance system in place with the hereditary chiefs.”

The $6.6-billion 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline would carry natural gas across northern B.C.

– With files from The Canadian Press

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Resolute

The “hereditary” chiefs do not represent their tribal members. They are disaffected tribal outcasts. OK, they may be unhappy some assumed inherited right to control their tribe was usurped by democratic indigenous elections. But their real sin is allowing themselves to be used by ecoterrorist organizations as the reason for illegal terrorist action against our society, including their own people’s wishes and welfare. Blocking unrelated roads, railroad lines, messing up other people’s lives. Because they can. And our police refuse to enforce our laws against trendy protestors from lawbreaking unions, indigenous, ecoterrorist/greenies, antifa and thereby encourage them. Why? I doubt their union is affiliated.

biff

res, you seem to be getting thicker by the entry. this one is oozing with bigotry, self importance, and an utter failure to comprehend not only the critical issue of indigenous rights, but the critical issue of sustainability and protecting the planet. (as an aside, you also dumbly express hatred for unions, despite the fact that were it not for people organising against abuse and unchecked power, little kids would still be getting crippled on the job…working because adults were also getting crippled and not earning near enough. you think the big corp is a good citizen today, and unions no longer relevant? look at how they operate in countries with no worker protections.
here is a proposal: run the the lines through jurisdictions that support them. allow those self righteous to experience first hand the reality that are pipelines…you know, the spills, which are plenty and create a real and lasting negative impact. get it?! i am not saying here to stop pipelines; just saying bring ’em to the people that want them. would love to see one run through your alley, or even your front yard, res – a gift, just for you.

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