VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Hundreds of people wound their way through the streets of downtown Vancouver in support of a group from a B.C. First Nation, west of Smithers, fighting a pipeline project on their traditional territory.
It was just one of many protests taking place across the country on an international day of protest.
The mood at the rally was one of determination, as the group showed solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.
Their message? “No pipelines on First Nations land.”
It was a jarring scene on the Wet’suwet’en territory on Monday. Video posted to Facebook shows RCMP officers climbing over a barricade and scuffling with demonstrators, all in the name of enforcing an injunction allowing access to Coastal GasLink work crews.
Gitdumt'en Under Siege
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Fourteen people were arrested on the territory at the roadblock on Morice West Forest Service Road.
Many have expressed frustration over the federal government and the court’s approval of the LNG pipeline.
Audrey Siegl stood in strong opposition to the court’s decision to approve the injunction, that would allow officers to remove the blockade and arrest those who defied it.
“These courthouse are nothing but an abomination, an offence, to every single murdered, missing Indigenous woman, man, boy and child,” she said.
Speakers have also said they won’t tolerate the pushing-through of the natural gas pipeline, that is supposed to go straight through the community on its way to the coast.
“With the recent pipeline leak in Prince George and whatnot, we cannot be certain that it’s not going to happen up there,” Alicia Williams, who rallied with her two young children, said. “It’s so dangerous, so dangerous for our children. I just want to make sure that my children’s future and their children’s future are protected.”
Demonstrators in Vancouver also gathered in front of Justice Minister Jody Raybould-Wilson’s office on West Broadway.
-With files from Denise Wong and Kurtis Doering