January 22, 2019
Around 70 students and members of the Montreal community gathered at the Y-intersection on Jan. 14, joining tens of thousands across the country to show solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s fight against pipeline expansion in British Columbia (BC). Members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation have set up checkpoints along the proposed route of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, which would run through the BC interior across the territory of 20 indigenous bands. One of the checkpoints, the Unist’ot’en camp, garnered significant media attention after the RCMP arrested 14 protestors at the site on Jan. 7.
Although elected chiefs from the 20 bands have approved the pipeline, members of some nations have contended that this does not constitute sufficient consent from all of the indigenous peoples that will be affected by the pipeline project.
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