Successful demonstration to fight pipeline – locally and nationally
A protest in Mississauga First Nation coincided with a national protest in B.C. Photo: Mississauga First Nation
Around 25 members of Mississauga First Nation and other supporters came out to a traffic slowdown to show protest a pipeline in western Ontario.
Despitethe freezing temperatures, people against the pipeline going through Wet-suwet-en Territory in British Columbia hosted a peaceful demonstration yesterday at the junction of Highway 17 and Village Road west of Blind River.
OPP say the protestors slowed down traffic to hand out literature, but the highway remained open to vehicles in both directions with no problems.
Meanwhile, nationally, First Nations leaders from communities across B.C. gathered in Smithers yesterday in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary leadership following last week’s RCMP enforcement of an injunction to allow access to their territory by a pipeline company.
“You are in charge of your land, make no mistake about it. We are in charge of our land. And at times, we need to rely on each other for support,” said Murray Smith from Lax Kw’alaams near Prince Rupert.
Smith and others from the Tsimshian nation said they came to show support after the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs stood with them, in their territory, when they were standing in opposition to the pipeline.
“Today’s show of support from our neighbours and allies… proves the Wet’suwet’en do not stand alone,” said Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief Na’Moks.