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Canada Demonstrators gather at Confederation Bridge to back Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs

13:45  17 february  2020
13:45  17 february  2020 Source:   cbc.ca

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Dozens of demonstrators gathered peacefully at the Confederation Bridge on Sunday afternoon in support of the Wet ' suwet ' en hereditary chiefs . The demonstrators set up on a median at the road leading to the bridge on Sunday afternoon. Traffic was slowed in the area, but vehicles were able to

However, the Wet ' suwet ' en hereditary chiefs say those councils were established by the Indian Act and only have authority over reserve lands. Members of the Mohawk First Nation in eastern Ontario were into their 10th day of protest Saturday in support of the hereditary chiefs .

a group of people that are standing in the snow: Dozens of demonstrators showed up at the Confederation Bridge on Sunday in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs.© Sarah MacMillan/CBC Dozens of demonstrators showed up at the Confederation Bridge on Sunday in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs.

More than two dozen demonstrators with flags and signs are gathered at the P.E.I. side of the Confederation Bridge in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs.

The demonstrators set up on a median at the road leading to the bridge on Sunday afternoon. Traffic was slowed in the area, but vehicles were able to proceed.

P.E.I. RCMP are on scene. However, they said Sunday afternoon the demonstration was peaceful and their presence was to help direct traffic.

Kyler Peters, from Lennox Island First Nation, is one of the demonstrators. He said he wanted to take part in the growing movement.

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Demonstrators gathered on the P.E.I. side of the Confederation Bridge on Sunday in a show of support for the Wet ’ suwet ’ en hereditary chiefs against the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

He said the initial goal was to stop transport trucks, not passenger vehicles, but it wasn't doable given the number of demonstrators.

"We are not here to have the people against us, just the Canadian government and companies," he said.

Peters said some people planned to spend Sunday night at the bridge and remain until Monday afternoon.

Rosanna Kressin, also at the event, and is with the group Masses Against Capitalist Oppression.

"It's really needed that the local Mi'kmaq people here are supported," Kressin said.

"What's happening with the Wet'suwet'en nation right now is symbolic, I guess, of systematic colonial violence that's been perpetuated to Indigenous people."

a man driving a car: RCMP are on scene at the demonstration in Borden-Carleton. © Sarah MacMillan/CBC RCMP are on scene at the demonstration in Borden-Carleton.

Statement from Epekwitk Assembly of Councils

In a statement on behalf of the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils, Chief Darlene Bernard and Chief Junior Gould said they support the peaceful protest, but that the issue is complex.

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However, the Wet ' suwet ' en hereditary chiefs say those band councils are only responsible for the territory within their individual reserves because their authority comes only from the Indian Act. Justine Gabias attended Saturday's Vancouver protest to show support for the hereditary chiefs . "I think it's

Protesters, who are standing in solidarity with the Wet ’ suwet ’ en hereditary chiefs , stopped traffic at Niagara's Rainbow International Bridge on Anti-pipeline protests in support of the Wet ’ suwet ’ en hereditary chiefs continued on Sunday, this time in Niagara Falls, Ont., as demonstrators stopped

"We respect the environmental concerns raised by the Wet'suwet'en hereditary Chiefs and we also acknowledge and respect the decisions made by over 20 First Nations, including most Wet'suwet'en First Nations, that have signed impact benefits agreements with [Coastal GasLink] and currently support the pipeline."

The statement addressed the importance of the matter being resolved peacefully and "within the law."

"What Islanders and Canadians need to understand is that these protests happening across the country, and now in P.E.I., are about more than just the Wet'suwet'en situation.

"They are about centuries of Canada's Indigenous people being denied access to the land and resources, they are about centuries of economic and social marginalization."

a group of people standing on top of a snow covered road: The conflict revolves around a 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline and an assertion by Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs that no pipelines can be built through their traditional territory without their consent.© Submitted by Patricia Bourque The conflict revolves around a 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline and an assertion by Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs that no pipelines can be built through their traditional territory without their consent.

Opposition to Coastal GasLink

Sunday's event follows a gathering of about a hundred demonstrators at Province House in Charlottetown on Saturday afternoon.

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Demonstrators rally at the B.C. Legislature to support Wet ' suwet ' en hereditary chiefs on Feb. It's been a week of nationwide protests, blockades and arrests over the Coastal GasLink pipeline planned in traditional Wet ' suwet ' en territory in northwestern British Columbia.

Demonstrations have cropped up across the country in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, who oppose the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline on their territory in northern British Columbia.

RCMP enforced a B.C. Supreme Court injunction and made a number of arrests last week, sparking demonstrations across the country.

a group of people holding a sign posing for the camera© Sarah MacMillan/CBC

Representatives from 20 First Nations along the pipeline route —  including the elected chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en —  signed agreements with Coastal GasLink consenting to the project. However, the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs say those councils were established by the Indian Act and only have authority over reserve lands.

Members of the Mohawk First Nation in eastern Ontario were into their 10th day of protest Saturday in support of the hereditary chiefs. The blockade, near Belleville, prompted CN Rail to close its Eastern Canadian freight train network, and Via Rail has cancelled passenger trains nationwide because of demonstrations taking place along or on railway tracks.

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The blockade sprung up hours after police moved in and arrested people at a rail blockade on Mohawk territory in Ontario.Demonstrators acted in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in their battle over a natural gas pipeline and the Tyendinaga Mohawk people who were arrested earlier Monday at a rail blockade in Ontario.

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