Pipeline protesters delay Trudeau speech to First Nations

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TransCanada has said it has signed agreements with all First Nations along its Coastal GasLink pipeline route to LNG Canada's $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C.

"We are bound by the rule of law in this country", he said.

RCMP liaisons arrived before 11AM this morning with the injunction on behalf of the company wishing to construct a pipeline through the Wet'suwet'en territory.

On Tuesday, outrage over the arrests spurred small-scale protests in other Canadian cities, according to local media reports.

He said he has spoken with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and is confident a peaceful resolution can be found with the hereditary chiefs.

She said there will be another support rally - "it's not a protest, we're standing in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en people" - on Wednesday afternoon at the same location, on Riverside Drive East at Jefferson Boulevard.


Indigenous groups are fighting the construction of a 670km (416 miles) liquified natural gas pipeline, Coastal GasLink, which would cross through Wet'suwet'en territory. Those who have been protesting have been doing it for those 14 who were arrested while barricading their community. "We did expect some to show up but the forces that they used, the fantastic numbers that they used, the tactics that they used, were actually something we did not expect as peaceful people".

Police were enforcing a B.C. Supreme Court injunction granted to TransCanada Corp. subsidiary Coastal GasLink. "We hope our community is supportive of that".

Coastal GasLink, operated by TransCanada Corp., said it has negotiated agreements with all of the elected bands along a proposed 670-kilometre route created to bring gas to the B.C. coast for overseas shipping as part of a $40-billion LNG Canada project.

The demonstrations spread across Canada, with protesters also stopping traffic in Vancouver and Victoria and prompting a counter protest in front of the headquarters of the company building the pipeline at the centre of the dispute.

"When we have grey areas and uncertainties, that's when the tensions arise and that's where people get frustrated, and I understand that frustration", he added.

"Real consensus will be built when the parties, with very different views, come together in a meaningful and productive dialogue", his statement goes on.


Wickham, who has fielded calls from India and the United Kingdom about the pipeline resistance, said it's been "surreal" to see the worldwide response.

NDP reconciliation critic Romeo Saganash joined demonstrators on Parliament Hill on Tuesday before the group marched through downtown Ottawa streets with signs, including a large red one reading: "RCMP Off Wet'suwet'en Land".

Bellegarde said the Canadian and B.C. governments have promised to implement UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples but in northern B.C. they are imposing their laws over those of the Wet'suwet'en.

New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen, who represents the area, said the protest he witnessed on Monday was "determined" but "peaceful".

The defendants are also prohibited from threatening, intimidating or getting within 10 metres of anyone actively working on the project.LNG Canada announced on October 2 that its joint venture participants had taken a positive investment decision to construct the Kitimat export facility.B.C. As First Nations people, often our rights and our title are ignored in favour of industry or government agendas.

The RCMP have increased their presence in the area and said they will use "a carefully measured and scalable approach to ensure the safety of everyone involved".


The checkpoints were blocking access to a liquefied natural gas pipeline construction site in northern B.C. One has been in place for nearly a decade and includes a camp and gate that obstructs the Morice West forest service road and the Morice River Bridge.

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