B.C. Indigenous group anticipating RCMP action at anti-LNG pipeline camp
|CTVnews 06 Jan 2019 at 14:34|
Supporters of an Indigenous camp blocking access to a planned pipeline in northern British Columbia say they are anticipating RCMP action over an injunction filed against them.
Jennifer Wickham, a member of the Gidimt en clan of the Wet suwet en First Nation, says police have gathered in Smithers, B.C., and Houston, B.C., which are the closest towns to the Gidimt en checkpoint.
TransCanada has said it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the pipeline route to LNG Canada s $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C.
But Wickham says the company does not have the authority to build through Wet suwet en territory because the house chiefs, who are hereditary chiefs rather than elected band council leaders, have not given consent.
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.