Pipeline protest in Niagara Falls on Sunday could mean border shutdown

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Some members of Niagara's Indigenous community are planning a protest Sunday to show support for Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who are opposed to the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline in BC.

It will happen this Sunday February 16th at 2 p.m. and may impact border traffic heading into and out of the U.S. at the Rainbow Bridge.

The group is meeting at highway 420 and Stanley at 2pm, then  walking up the 420 to Rainbow Bridge where they will demonstrate for around an hour.

Indigenous rights advocate, Deane McGean tells CKTB while this is a peaceful, educational event, it will likely obstruct traffic in the area.

Following the gathering at the border the group will head to Oakes Garden Theatre to finish the event off.

"Let it be known that our Brothers and Sisters from Wet’suwet’en Nation are not in this alone. The Niagara Region is home to 16 000 + Indigenous people and we support them. The Government of Canada has continuously failed to meet its legal responsibilities to the original inhabitants - specifically, the Wet’suwet’en Nation. The Wet’suwet’en hereditary governance system predates confederation and they are still here today. This was reaffirmed by the landmark Delgamuukw-Gisday'way case of 1997 (also known as Delgamuukw v. British Columbia)." - Organizing Committee Member