[16] The RCMP faced criticism from protesters for the amount of force used in the bloodless raid, including police snipers. I'm just calling on all the parties to come together, get this dialogue started in a constructive way. [81], By September 21, over 200 Facebook users had been blocked from posting or sending messages on the site. Shirley Wilson and others shared reasons for supporting the project. For the duration of those two days, the RCMP agreed to stop all patrols on the Morice West Forest Service Road and to shut down their mobile detachment (CISO) in the area. It also establishes a twelve-month timeline for negotiation on jurisdiction including over land-use planning, resources, water, wildlife, fish, and child and family wellness. In their opinion, it is the Canadian federal and provincial governments that are breaking international law, not the Wetʼsuwetʼen hereditary chiefs. 0. [45] However, the elected chiefs of five Wetʼsuwetʼen band governments (Nee Tahi Buhn Indian Band, Skin Tyee Nation, Ts'il Kaz Koh First Nation, Wetʼsuwetʼen First Nation, and Witset First Nation) released their own joint statement in response the following day, calling on the agreement to be withdrawn, saying they weren't consulted properly. This injunction was extended by Judge Church of the BC Supreme Court on December 31. [87] The PBO said that the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic would likely have a greater impact on the economy.[121]. [126], On February 18, the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) held a press conference in Ottawa. The project is intended to supply natural gas to several Asian energy companies, who are partners in the project. [89] On February 18, VIA announced partial restoration of passenger service starting February 20, between Ottawa and Quebec City. The memorandum does not address the Coastal GasLink Pipeline project, nor does it alter Wetʼsuwetʼen rights and title. Its diameter was only 3.2 metres, instead of 5 metres as was planned. 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"[38] According to Tait-Day, "over 80 per cent of the people in our community said they wanted LNG [First Nations LNG Alliance] to proceed. [91] In any case, the police services are under provincial or municipal control. [41][49][50], On October 1, 2020, an ongoing hearing began in the BC Supreme Court. [132], In early May, the elected chiefs of several Wetʼsuwetʼen band councils (primarily Nee-Tahi-Buhn, Skin Tyee, Tsʼil Kaz Koh, and Wetʼsuwetʼen First Nations) called on Minister Bennett to resign, as the Canadian and BC governments, along with the hereditary chiefs, pressed forward with the memorandum of understanding. Specific details of the agreement were not immediately released, because the MOU had to first be seen and ratified by the broader Wetʼsuwetʼen nation. February 17, 2020 5:19 PM 4 mins reading. They call for an end to the violation of indigenous persons' right to free, prior and informed consent. The Dakota Pipeline Protests, Explained. [7] Their traditional government, predating Confederation, is a system of chiefs representing each clan, called the hereditary chiefs. Protests on February 15 over 200 people in Toronto blocked Macmillan Yard, the second largest rail classification yard in Canada. But some details about the hotly contested … Sam Edwards High Level, Alberta. [55], Once the RCMP began to take down the Wetʼsuwetʼen blockades, protests sprang up across Canada in solidarity with the hereditary chiefs and the land defenders. ... that is my sole source of water," explained Gates. "On all sides, people are upset and frustrated. Only one of the nine sitting house chiefs, Samooh (Herb Naziel) supports the project.[5]. It threatens our water, our salmon, and our rights, our title, our jurisdiction". [101], On February 20, another blockade of CPR tracks sprang up between Kamloops and Chase in British Columbia. North Dakota protests aimed at stopping a 1,170-mile pipeline have swelled over the last four months. Water protectors protest Line 3 pipeline construction in Minnesota. A temporary injunction was issued in December by BC Supreme Court Judge Marguerite Church to allow CGL pre-construction work. Protests Against Keystone XL Pipeline Continue In Nebraska. The Native American protests against the Dakota Access pipeline have become an international rallying cry for indigenous rights and climate change activism, drawing thousands to … Protesters march to stop Keystone XL pipeline. [22] All parties issued statements on February 4, 2020 that the talks had broken down. Here is the latest news on protests across Canada over a natural gas pipeline project in British Columbia (All times Eastern): 7:40 p.m. February 12, 2020 12:37 PM 2 mins reading. [98] Trans-Canada passenger service was not restored. The water tank installed in an area of Nong Lek village was smaller than what the blueprint specified. [89] Protests disrupted multiple GO Transit rail services in Toronto, Hamilton and Exo's Candiac line in Montreal. Near Belleville, Ontario, members of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation began a blockade of the Canadian National Railway rail line just north of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on February 6, 2020,[83] causing Via Rail to cancel trains on their Toronto–Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa routes. The extension included an order authorizing the RCMP to enforce the injunction. [41] According to the hereditary chiefs, the Gilseyhu (Big Frog Clan) met once and endorsed the MOU, as did the Laksamshu (Fireweed and Owl Clan) and the Tsayu (Beaver Clan) after two meetings. TC Energy was given final approval by its partners to begin construction of the project in 2018, still without the consent of all of the Wetʼsuwetʼen hereditary chiefs. The protesters left voluntarily on February 21, after the RCMP offered to leave the Wetʼsuwetʼen land. Authorities say pipeline protestors burned several pieces of construction equipment to stall work on the pipeline, as you can see from the picture below. Gas pipeline break: NNPC assures of safety, says incidence already contained Harrison Edeh Dec 16, 2020 Kennie Obateru, the spokesperson of the corporation explained that the pipeline break which resulted in gas leakage was promptly contained through the efforts of NNPC team, officials from the Lagos State Government, and other stakeholders. [21] On February 3, the Office of the Wetʼsuwetʼen asked for a judicial review of the environmental approval for the pipeline. At the same time, the Mohawk of Tyendinaga asserted that their rail blockade would be removed as soon as Wetʼsuwetʼen legal observers confirm that the RCMP is off their land. Dakota Access Pipeline protesters square off against police near the Standing Rock Reservation and the pipeline route outside Saint Anthony, North Dakota, on Oct. 5, 2016. The Mont-Saint-Hilaire rail line was cleared on February 21, 2019 after Quebec Police arrived to enforce a CNR injunction. Northern Gateway was officially rejected in 2016, but the CGL project moved through planning, indigenous consultations, environmental reviews and governmental reviews before being approved in 2015. CN obtained a court injunction, and less than twelve hours after the blockade began, it was dismantled by counter-protesters after a CN legal representative arrived to serve the injunction. Most in-person actions were halted in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but online solidarity rallies continued. In Halifax, the Atlantic Container Line has diverted to New York and Baltimore. [37] Tait-Day stated that the proposed agreement made on March 1 was not inclusive of the entire community, saying "the government has legitimized the meeting with the five [sic] hereditary chiefs and left out their entire community. The project is estimated to cost $6.6 billion. [102] This was followed by CPR writing an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, asking him to speak directly with the hereditary chiefs. While Enbridge calls this pipeline the “Line 3 Replacement,” Goodwin argues the proposed pipeline must be regarded as a new project. [24] All were released within two days. pipeline protesters vow to ignore injunction, keep Vancouver ports blocked", "Metro Vancouver port blockade prompts injunction, 47 arrested on Monday morning", "Canadian Police Move Against Pipeline Blockades", "Anti-pipeline protesters block trains leaving Vaughan rail yard in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en", "Two new blockades on weekend close Rainbow Bridge and Thousand Islands Bridge for hours", "Wet'suwet'en solidarity reaches Prince Edward Island", "3 arrests after protesters attempt to block B.C. [111], Dennis Darby, president and CEO of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association, states that Canadian manufacturers rely on 4,500 rail cars per day, which represent both supply chain and delivery of finished products. The pipeline's route passes through unceded lands of several First Nations peoples, including 190 kilometres (120 mi) of Wetʼsuwetʼen territory. [103], On March 5, the rail blockades in Kahnawake and the Gaspé Peninsula were removed peacefully by the First Nations involved. 28/11/16 It's going to be 1,200 miles (1,900km) long, cost $3.7bn (£2.8bn) and move 470,000 barrels of crude oil a day. One hundred and ninety kilometres of the proposed route will run through our territory. [15], On January 7, the RCMP conducted a raid to enforce TC Energy's injunction, removing the barricades on the Morice Forest Service Road and arresting 14 of the Wetʼsuwetʼen land defenders. GUEST: Jesse Winter, photo journalist, @jwints. "[82], Other First Nations, activists and other supporters of the Wetʼsuwetʼen hereditary chiefs targeted railway lines for their demonstrations of solidarity. [10] According to Na’Moks, the pipeline "is going along rivers, it will go over rivers and even in some instances, it will go under. [10] The pipeline would also go through areas of cultural significance to the Wetʼsuwetʼen. [108] Mining, which accounted for 20% of Canada's 2018 exports, also moves "most" of its output by rail. [106], The blockades led to the shutdown of CNR's Eastern Canadian network, causing a complete halt of freight traffic from Halifax west to Toronto. [109] Spring farm supplies such as fertilizer were also delayed by the rail shutdown. In the absence of an agreement over aboriginal title and rights, the hereditary chiefs' position is that their full consent is required for any energy or resource projects within their territory, and the CGL does not have their consent. Subscribe to our channel! [49] Further, it acknowledges that reunification of the rift between the hereditary leadership and the elected band councils is an essential part of the implementation of the MOU. (Twitter/@GiniwCollective) When Dawn Goodwin went down to the bank of the upper Mississippi River on Dec. 4, she just wanted to spend some time honoring the traditions of her people. [123] Miller returned to Ottawa and met with Prime Minister Trudeau and other members of the Cabinet called the "Incident Response Group". They took place in Smithers, British Columbia. Within the Wetʼsuwetʼen territory, the pipeline does not pass through reserves, only through traditional territory. Oil is flowing through the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) despite a District Court ruling in early July to shut it down. The protesters, who include representatives of more than 200 other tribes, identify themselves as “water protectors” and contend that the pipeline would disturb sacred lands and burial grounds and would likely harm the Missouri River, which provides the tribe’s drinking water. Today, an inside look at what's happening on the territory and the nationwide outcry. [129] On February 24, the day of the Mohawk blockade removal by the OPP, Indigenous Services Minister Miller repeated that the Liberal government was "still open for dialogue" and willing to negotiate. legislature ahead of throne speech", "Solidarity rail blockade launched in Hamilton after OPP arrests in Tyendinaga", "Nelson residents gather in support of Wetʼsuwetʼen chiefs", "Wetʼsuwetʼen support rally blocks Calgary's Reconciliation Bridge", "More than 100 Reginans rally in support of Wetʼsuwetʼen pipeline protest", "Wetʼsuwetʼen support protest to shut down Portage Avenue on Monday", "Protesters opposing B.C. pipeline protests continue to halt Ontario trains for 5th day in a row", "VIA Rail Passenger Trains Impacted by Tyendinaga Mohawk Blockade", "Protests shut down Ontario rail lines in support of Wetʼsuwetʼen Nation", "Rail disruptions 'overblown' by rail companies, politicians says Parliamentary Budget Officer", "Pipeline demonstration halts service on Exo's Candiac line in Montreal", "A timeline on rail disruptions by anti-pipeline protesters across Canada", "Trudeau will not direct police to break up pipeline protests, sticks to negotiated strategy", "Via Rail cancels most trains nationwide, CN closes Eastern Canadian network as Indigenous protests continue", "Via Rail cancels most trains across the country as CN shuts down rails in eastern Canada", "VIA Rail cancels trains across Canada, CN shuts down Eastern Canada network amid pipeline protests", "Amtrak warns of delays as railways from Seattle to B.C. The Wetʼsuwetʼen are an Indigenous nation made up of five clans including the: Gilseyhu (Big Frog), Laksilyu (Small Frog), Gitdumden (Wolf/Bear), Laksamshu (Fireweed) and the Tsayu (Beaver Clan). However, in order to mitigate major economic disruption, CNR brokered a "workaround" agreement with Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) to share tracks in order to avoid the Mohawk protesters. Protests across the country disrupted passenger and freight train service for more than three weeks. On February 11, protesters surrounded the BC Legislature in Victoria, preventing the traditional ceremonies around the reading of the Throne Speech by the Lieutenant Governor. We can not be dictated to by a group of five guys [sic]. [112] Superior Propane, Canada's largest supplier, rationed distribution in Atlantic Canada. I get it. [54] BC ferries later obtained a preemptive injunction to prevent anticipated future demonstrations from blocking Vancouver–Victoria ferry service. [116][117] On February 19, Via Rail announced temporary layoffs of up to 1,000 people due to the blockades. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a new trial was warranted, but encouraged a negotiated settlement. Article content. "[27] During the enforcement action by the RCMP, a large amount of advanced equipment was used, including heavily armed tactical teams, division liaison personnel, regular uniformed officers, canine units, helicopters, drones and snowmobiles, according to CBC News. Our hand remains extended should someone want to reach for it. Additionally, Coastal GasLink issued a statement that they would not pursue civil contempt charges against the protesters. Protesters and members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe have relentlessly blasted the $3.8 billion pipeline, arguing the DAPL’s construction would trample on tribal lands and destroy ancient tribal artifacts. Opposition leader Andrew Scheer condemned the government's refusal to use the police to stop the illegal blockades, calling it "the weakest response to a national crisis in Canadian history. Ever wonder who’s behind the anti-pipelines protests in Canada? In a statement on May 11, before the signing of the memorandum, the elected chiefs called on Minister Bennett to resign due to her "disregard for [their] special relationship". Blockades and protests continued through March in BC, Ontario and Quebec. The Dakota Pipeline Protests, Explained. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said politicians should not be telling the police how to deal with protesters and that resolution should come through dialogue. Hence, the boundaries of the Wetʼsuwetʼen and Gitxsan nations' traditional territories are not yet recognized in Canadian law. Premier John Horgan's home ahead of budget", "National Student Walkout in support of Wet'suwet'en scheduled for Wednesday", "UPEI students walk out in support of Wet'suwet'en chiefs", "B.C. Miller then discussed the blockade with the leaders of Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, along with Kanenhariyo, one of the primary organizers of the protest near Tyendinaga. The meetings were planned to last two days. "It's on everybody. The Dakota Pipeline Protests, Explained Cody Schulz, chairman of the Morton County Commission in North Dakota, is keeping especially close track of a conflict over an oil pipeline … [4][11] The ruling was made in an appeal of a Supreme Court of British Columbia decision, which had ruled against recognition of Wetʼsuwetʼen and Gitxsan land rights. GUEST HOST: Sarah Boesveld, @sarahboesveld These include #ShutDownCanada,[78] #WetsuwetenStrong,[79] #LandBack,[80] and #AllEyesOnWetsuweten. [19], On January 1, after rejecting the injunction, the hereditary chiefs ordered the eviction of the RCMP and Coastal GasLink personnel from the Wetʼsuwetʼen territory. [46] A further statement released on May 11 called once again for the agreement to be withdrawn so the elected governments could be consulted properly, and further calling for Minister Bennett to resign. [18] In her decision, Church stated: "There is a public interest in upholding the rule of law and restraining illegal behaviour and protecting of the right of the public, including the plaintiff, to access on Crown roads," and "the defendants may genuinely believe in their rights under indigenous law to prevent the plaintiff from entering Dark House territory, but the law does not recognize any right to blockade and obstruct the plaintiff from pursuing lawfully authorized activities." 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