RCMP Arrest 14 People At Gidimt’en Checkpoint South of Houston
RCMP say they arrested 14 people yesterday, from a blockade on the Morice West Forest Service Road south of Houston which has been preventing access to Trans Mountain's Coastal GasLink pipeline project.
Mounties say the arrests were for various offences, including alleged violations of an injunction order against the blockade.
Members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation have been preventing crews from doing pre-construction work on the Coastal GasLink pipeline, which would feed natural gas to the planned LNG Canada project at Kitimat.
Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chief Na'moks, also known as John Ridsdale, was among those who drove to the site yesterday to try to keep things calm.
"Today was a perfect example of who steers the government -- and it's absolultely industry: industry told government how to direct the RCMP, the RCMP removed the fence at the access point, arrested people, and charged a number of them and are holding the rest," he said.
Chief Na'moks also said those arrested were simply protecting their rights.
"What happened today was our trespass laws were broken, but according to Canadian law which is being steered by industry, they say that these people are now criminals; we as Wet'suwet'en do not consider them criminals, we consider them human beings protecting their rights, their title, and their honour," he said.
Late yesterday, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen also visited the camp site, and he urged peaceful dialogue on all sides, while calling on the federal government to engage with the Wet'suwet'en.
He said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should show a commitment to his often-stated goals of real and meaningful reconciliation