Tensions at B.C. pipeline protest appear to have eased
Tensions between police and Indigenous demonstrators at a pipeline protest in northwestern British Columbia appear to have eased somewhat.
Hereditary leaders of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation reached a tentative deal with RCMP Wednesday evening, quelling some fears of escalation following Monday's arrests.
The chiefs say members will abide by a court injunction granting the Coastal GasLink pipeline company access to a bridge that had been blocked, if the Mounties agree not to raid the nearby Unist'ot'en healing camp.
They plan to meet with RCMP again Thursday to discuss details such as retaining a gate that residents and supporters of the camp say is vital to their safety.
Fourteen people were arrested Monday on the traditional Wet'suwet'en territory after the Mounties removed a gate blocking access to an area where Coastal GasLink wants to build a natural gas pipeline to the planned 40-billion dollar LNG gas project in Kitimat.
Alexander Joseph says the arrests on Indigenous people on their own traditional territory in BC brought back some difficult memories.
The 61-year-old Joseph says he's a residential school survivor and comes from the '60s Scoop.
He says it feels like the same thing is happening over and over again with the RCMP and the government coming in and taking away their culture and way of life.