Canada: 14 arrested at indigenous anti-pipeline protest camp as tensions rise

Canada: 14 arrested at indigenous anti-pipeline protest camp as tensions rise

About 60 people attended the rally in support of the First Nation outside the headquarters of TransCanada Corp.in downtown Calgary.

Police closed roads and guided the group as it marched and chanted.

"We did expect some to show up but the forces that they used, the wonderful numbers that they used, the tactics that they used, were actually something we did not expect as peaceful people".

On Dec. 14, the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs issued a statement saying they were deeply concerned by the National Energy Board's decision denying their request to participate in a jurisdictional challenge to the permits issued to TransCanada's Coastal GasLink pipeline project, which would cross Wet'suwet'en territories.

"As a union we respect the rights of those protesting", he said. The injunction is to remove anyone who interferes with a Coastal GasLink pipeline project.

"Real consensus will be built when the parties, with very different views, come together in a meaningful and productive dialogue", his statement goes on.

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".

An RCMP statement says the arrests came after officers realized a resolution was unlikely, even though they had spoken with camp members about removing the blockade and set up a meeting between hereditary chiefs and the pipeline company.

In a video posted online earlier in the day Molly Wickham, spokeswoman for the Cas Yex house, which is part of the Gidimt'en clan, said, "We're doing everything that we can to make sure that we're going to be safe". She said an elder arrested on Monday had already been released.

Tait says there had been concerns at the Unist'ot'en camp, citing a "tense climate" there with the possibility of demonstrators being removed for restricting access to the pipeline.

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.

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The march in Vancouver is part of a larger worldwide day of action organized in support of those at the Unist'ot'en camp.

RCMP say the zone remains in place and will be consistently re-assessed.

The Mounties placed exclusion areas and road closures near the Morice River Bridge where the blockade was located that prevented Coastal GasLink from getting access to its pipeline right of way.

LNG Canada announced on October 2 that its joint venture participants had taken a positive investment decision to construct the Kitimat export facility. Since then, Canadians from around the nation have been siding with the We'suwer'en people and protests have been popping up around the nation, including downtown Toronto.

"The hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en and the land defenders holding the front lines have no intention of allowing Wet'suwet'en sovereignty to be violated".

The checkpoints were blocking access to a liquefied natural gas pipeline construction site in northern B.C. One has been in place for nearly a decade and includes a camp and gate that obstructs the Morice West forest service road and the Morice River Bridge.

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.

About 500 people gathered at the B.C. legislature in Victoria chanting and carrying placards.

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

The federal government has a responsibility to Indigenous Peoples in Canada, Saganash added.

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