Talks continue to break impasse over pipeline construction in northern BC

Halifax residents hold up signs of support for the Wet\’suwet\’en First Nation in British Columbia while chanting on the steps of the Halifax Regional Police headquarters on Tues. Jan. 18 2018

Chief Na'Moks explained that representatives from Coastal GasLink were invited to the meeting to ensure they were on the same page.

"It must be reiterated, we are adamantly opposed to this proposed project and that will never change, but we are here to ensure the safety of our people".

Hereditary chiefs of the Wetsuweten First Nation say they've reached a deal with RCMP to allow a natural gas company access across a bridge that had been blocked in their territory.

On Thursday, hereditary chiefs told residents and supporters of the Unist'ot'en healing camp that a tentative deal would see members observe a court injunction by allowing the company's workers and contractors access to the area, so long as the RCMP agree to leave the camp intact.

"We would like to once again emphasize that the RCMP's focus remains on creating an environment conducive to getting all parties to come to the table and continue to participate in these fruitful discussions".

Chief Paul Syrette and the Ojibway citizens of the Garden River First Nation join the many Indigenous leaders and friend from across Turtle island to condemn the armed military actions against the Hereditary Wet'suwet'en leadership, citizens and their allies in protecting their traditional land and sovereignty on pipeline development. The Unist'ot'en say the gate is "vital" to the safety of the camp's residents and supporters.

TransCanada Corp mentioned they signed benefit-sharing agreements with the elected councils of all 20 First Nations along the pipeline route.

They ordered the extraction of impediments within Wet'suwet'en region as the project gets started with a $6.2-billion dollar pipeline moving all-natural gas from the Dawson Creek region to Kitimat.

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Monday, RCMP apprehended 14 individuals near a checkpoint just southwest of Houston TX, where a number of participants from the Gidimt'en native group Wet'suwet'en and 1st Nation established a camp to be able to regulate or control the accessibility of the pipeline construction over their terrain.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was to visit Kamloops, B.C., on Wednesday and Cullen expected Trudeau would face some pointed questions during a townhall meeting in the evening.

"This is our home, we should feel safe in our home", she said.

"The agreement we made allows Coastal GasLink to temporarily work behind the Unist'ot'en gate", the statement said.

Furthermore, the RCMP will established a temporary detachment on the West Morice FSR, with officers posted there undergoing cultural awareness training on Wet'suwet'en traditions.

"We recognize that it may not be possible to get unanimous support for a major infrastructure project in B.C., but we believe Canada's economy can not prosper without a growing and healthy resource sector".

- With files from Laura Kane in Kamloops, B.C.

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