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Canada Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs arrive in Kahnawake for historic meeting

01:45  23 february  2020
01:45  23 february  2020 Source:   globalnews.ca

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs arrive in Kahnawake, Que.

  Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs arrive in Kahnawake, Que. KAHNAWAKE, Que. — Traditional chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation have arrived in Kahnawake, Que., as they continue their tour of Mohawk communities in eastern Canada where rail blockades in solidarity with their cause have been erected. Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs oppose the Coastal GasLink project that would carry natural gas to the B.C. coast, though others in the community support the pipeline. Countrywide protests and blockades followed a move by RCMP to enforce a court injunction this month against the hereditary chiefs and their supporters, who had been obstructing an access road to a Coastal GasLink work site.

Traditional chiefs of the Wet ' suwet ' en First Nation have arrived in Kahnawake , Que., as they continue their tour of Mohawk communities in eastern Canada Their Quebec visit comes one day after the Wet ' suwet ' en hereditary chiefs visited supporters at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory to thank them for

Wet ’ suwet ’ en hereditary chiefs are heading to Ontario on Wednesday to meet with members of the Mohawk community in Tyendinaga and Kahnawake . The chiefs will meet with Mohawk protesters blocking railway tracks. They are expected to stay in Ontario over the weekend, visiting several

a group of people riding on the back of a car: Traditional chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation arrive in Kahnawake, Que., as they continue their tour of Mohawk communities in eastern Canada. © Dan Spector / Global News Traditional chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation arrive in Kahnawake, Que., as they continue their tour of Mohawk communities in eastern Canada.

Traditional chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en Nation arrived in Kahnawake, Que. on Saturday to meet with traditional Iroquois leaders and the leadership of Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.

The hereditary chiefs of Wet'suwet'en have been touring Mohawk communities in eastern Canada, where rail blockades have been set up in solidarity with their cause.

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs oppose the Coastal GasLink project that would carry natural gas to the B.C. coast through their territory, though others in the community support the pipeline.

Train service remains cancelled on Candiac line as blockade in Kahnawake continues

  Train service remains cancelled on Candiac line as blockade in Kahnawake continues Trains are still cancelled on a commuter rail line between Montreal and the south shore as a blockade in Kahnawake stretches into its third week. Exo, the regional train authority, said that the service interruption is until "further notice" on the Candiac line as the protest in support with the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia continues.

Wet ' suwet ' en hereditary chiefs are welcomed with a ceremonial greeting by Tyendinaga Mohawk members, in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in eastern It is unclear exactly who is at the meeting , but it was confirmed that hereditary chiefs arrived in Tyendinaga last night and visited the camp on

A group of hereditary leaders from the Wet ' suwet ' en Nation in British Columbia is to spend the day with Mohawk supporters in Ontario. The B.C. hereditary chiefs are thanking the Mohawks for supporting them in opposition to a pipeline project on their traditional territory by blocking a critical rail

Nationwide protests and blockades followed a move by RCMP to enforce a court injunction this month against the hereditary chiefs and their supporters, who had been obstructing an access road to a Coastal GasLink work site.

READ MORE: Protesters dismantle camp on Montreal’s south shore after Trudeau calls for end to blockades

Traditional leaders and band council leaders do not usually sit together in a longhouse, but with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs visiting, they've changed the rules.

Traditional leaders from as far as Onondaga, Awkesasme and Six Nations have come to attend the meeting. Dozens of people surrounded a fire for the solemn ceremony.

The Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs wore full regalia as they travelled to the longhouse to thank Kahnawake for their actions of solidarity with the protests.

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The hereditary Wet ' suwet ' en leaders say they're willing to talk with representatives of the Crown, but only after the RCMP and Coastal GasLink workers have left their traditional lands. On Thursday, the RCMP in B.C. sent a letter to the traditional leaders of the Wet ' suwet ' en Nation, telling them the force

Five Wet ’ suwet ’ en hereditary chiefs are travelling across the country today to meet with the Mohawk First Nation at Tyendinaga, near Belleville, Ont., amid ongoing protests and rail blockades that have shut down much of the country's rail system.

The traditional chiefs took part in "Words at Edge of the Woods" —  a welcoming ceremony and a show of peace that took place at the Mohawk longhouse in Kahnawake.

Ghislain Picard, grand chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, was in attendance, as well as Joe Norton, the grand chief of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.

"I think the Wet'suwet'en wanted to have this opportunity to be thankful to the Mohawk nation for their support," said Picard. "In term of what happens next, it's going to be between them and I think there are more discussions to be had."

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Their Quebec visit comes one day after the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs visited supporters at Tyendinaga Mohawk territory to thank them.

One of the hereditary chiefs said Friday his people are willing to engage in nation-to-nation talks with the British Columbia and federal governments, but not until the RCMP in B.C. have left traditional Wet'suwet'en territory entirely and Coastal GasLink, the pipeline company, ceases work in the area.

Blockades remain in place as Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs returning to B.C.

  Blockades remain in place as Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs returning to B.C. Hereditary chiefs from Wet'suwet'en First Nation were expected to return to British Columbia Sunday after visiting Mohawk communities in eastern Canada, with no signs that blockades crippling the country's rail network will come down. The actions are in solidarity with hereditary chiefs contesting a British Columbia natural gas pipeline and after two weeks, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that while his government is ready to talk,  the blockades must come down. The traditional chiefs visited supporters in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory and Kahnawake, south of Montreal, this week, saying their conditions for talks remain the same.

Those five hereditary chiefs are a minority of the 13 total hereditary chiefs of the community, the rest of whom support the project. The elected band council for the Wet ' suwet ' en also supports the project, as do 20 other First Nations along the proposed route who have signed economic benefit deals with

As the prime minister continues to come under fire for the ongoing railway disruptions, Wet ’ suwet ’ en hereditary chiefs are standing firm on their demands

The comments came after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged from meetings with senior cabinet ministers on Friday, saying that barricades on rail lines and other major transportation routes must come down after two weeks of calls for patience and stalled attempts at negotiation.

At least two blockades in Quebec have come down since Trudeau's comments, neither of them on Indigenous territory.

Late Friday, protesters left a site in Saint-Lambert, south of Montreal, where they had been blockading railway tracks since Wednesday.

READ MORE: Planned meeting between feds, Wet’suwet’en now delayed due to Trudeau’s comments: chief

Riot police arrived in the afternoon after Trudeau spoke to enforce an injunction ordering protesters off Canadian National Railway tracks in Saint-Lambert, Que.

Another small blockade set up near L'Isle-Verte, Que., on Wednesday was also dismantled late Friday, provincial police said.

Wet'suwet'en's hereditary chiefs expressed their gratitude towards the people of Kahnawake for their hospitality on Saturday.

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"We've had really good treatment on the part of the Kahnawake people," said Woos, one of the chiefs.

"We're quite pleased that we're here and we saw what Kahnawake people are all about," said Woos.  "What we did today was renew our friendship, we shared our culture and our traditions, we exchanged information about who we are as the people of this land and we will continue that relationship."

Despite being happy with the warm welcome, the hereditary chief expressed his discontentment with the situation in B.C.

"With all the this happening, it just goes full circle. We've said right from the beginning," said Woos.

"The rule of law that applies in the Delgamuukw 1997 decision of the Supreme Court of Canada and the duty to consult with the Wet'suwet'en' hereditary chiefs is our expectation."

The hereditary chief added that Marc Miller has not yet accepted the requests to meet again.

"It seems to me that since Mr. Trudeau has made his announcement, the communication has ceased," said Woos.

— With files from Global's Dan Spector and The Canadian Press

Legault should 'choose his words carefully,' Indigenous Services minister says .
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller challenged claims by François Legault that protesters in the Kahnawake Mohawk territory are armed with assault rifles — and he advised the premier to “choose (his) words carefully” in this volatile situation. “This is very difficult, very volatile and I think we have to be judicious in our choice of words,” Miller told the Montreal Gazette in a telephone interview. “In Kahnawake, I haven’t heard a word on any weapons and my understanding from any leadership inside the community is there are no weapons. “I have no reason not to believe them.

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