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Alberta premier says pipeline protesters are 'champions of wokeness' in Twitter tirade

Last Updated Feb 16, 2020 at 9:15 am PDT

FILE: Hereditary Chief Ronnie West, centre, from the Lake Babine First Nation, sings and beats a drum during a solidarity march after Indigenous nations and supporters gathered for a meeting to show support for the Wet'suwet'en Nation, in Smithers, B.C., on January 16, 2019. More than 200 Canadian musicians and industry players are standing in solidarity with people from a northern B.C. First Nation as they protest the construction of a natural gas pipeline on traditional territories. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Alberta's premier says supporters of the Wet'suwet'en nation are 'champions of wokeness'

On Twitter, Kenney says the demonstrators are not supporters of the Wet'suwet'en but are opponents

EDMONTON (NEWS 1130) — The Premier of Alberta took aim at pipeline protesters via Twitter on Saturday, in which he called supporters of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, “champions of wokeness” who “suddenly embrace hereditary patriarchy.”

Kenney writes, demonstrators are not supporters of the Wet’suwet’en, but actually, opponents.

“They are leftists engaged in illegal activity to thwart the democratic will of the Wet’suwet’en as expressed by their elected government following years of consultation with their people.”

Most band councils along the proposed pipeline route have signed off on the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline, but hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs have remained steadfast in their opposition.

Blockades across the country have cut both passenger and freight rail services, with pressure mounting on the federal government to end them.