Instead of a large group of armed police, yesterday three officers from the RCMP liason division, all with First Nations connections, held successful talks to resolve the dispute at least in the short term (Chantelle Bellrichard-Twitter)

B.C Natural gas pipeline protest: Agreement to restore calm

Share

After armed police broke down a First Nations road barricade and arrests of protesters, a sort of truce has been reached to avoid further conflict and possible injury.

This week as the police enforced a court injunction against the Wet’suwet’en who were blocking a pipeline company from accessing the proposed route for a natural gas pipeline across the province, armed officers, a few in tactical gear with rifles, tore down the first of two barricades and arrested 14 people at the blockade.

The longstanding dispute comes after years of negotiations with First Nations along the proposed route. All groups had come to agreements with the company including the Wet’suwet’en elected council. However an internal difference in the band arose as the hereditary chiefs were against the pipeline.   They said the elected council deals only with matters pertaining to the reserve area itself, while the hereditary chiefs decide on matters over the huge traditional territory.

This resulted in hereditary supporters setting up roadblocks to prevent the pipeline company access. The agreement will allow the pipeline company access to the route, but as of yet, only to survey, not to perform any construction. The agreement came after further negotiations with the Wet’suwet’en, the police, and the company.

The issue centres on access to First Nations territory in northern British Columbia which lies roughly in the middle of the almost 700 kilometre proposed route.

A natural gas pipeline will be built almost from the northeast corner of the province, out to the coast where a giant liquefied natural gas transformation plant and ship loading operation would be built as part of the overall $40 billion project.

Police watch as the pipeliine company move equipment to clear the road of a variety of obstructions after an agreement had been reached with hereditary chiefs. ( Chad Hipolito-CP)

Under the deal agreed to, police will not to enter the healing centre without permission, while Coastal GasLink workers have access to clear the road of obstructions and access the area for preliminary surveying.

Although reports are not entirely clear, it appears the large gates at the second barrier will remain in place for now.

The Prime Minister faced some heated reactions and questions at a town hall meeting in Kamloops B.C yesterday over handling of the pipeline issue.(Kim Anderson-CP)

Protests in support of the Wet’suwet’en were held in centres across the country on Tuesday, and yesterday the Prime Minister was under fire at a town hall meeting in Kamloops B.C.  regarding the police action.

Further negotiations among police, the company and the Wet’suwet’en will continue today.

Additional information-sources

Share
Posted in Economy, Environment, Indigenous, Politics

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.

Netiquette »

When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1. RCInet.ca’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. RCInet.ca reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3. RCInet.ca’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.

*