by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 14, 2020 5:00 pm EST
RCMP began enforcing an injunction last week that prevents
interference with construction of a $6.6-billion natural gas pipeline in
northern British Columbia.
Here is a timeline of the dispute, along with rail disruptions by
people showing solidarity with the hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs
opposing the Coastal GasLink project:
Dec. 31, 2019 — The B.C. Supreme Court grants Coastal GasLink an
injunction calling for the removal of any obstructions including cabins
and gates on any roads, bridges or work sites the company has been
authorized to use.
Jan. 1, 2020 — The Wet’suwet’en First Nation serves Coastal GasLink
with an eviction notice, telling the company workers are “currently
trespassing” on their unceded territory.
Jan. 27 — The British Columbia government appoints former New
Democrat MP Nathan Cullen as a provincial liaison with Wet’suwet’en
hereditary chiefs in the LNG pipeline dispute.
Jan. 30 — The hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en agree to seven days of meetings with the province.
video showing some tense moments of the RCMP injunction enforcement at a
Wet’suwet’en checkpoint last Friday is circulating online.
RCMP have been tasked with enforcing a B.C. Supreme Court injunction to
ensure people are not blocking or interfering with construction of a
natural gas pipeline through the Wet’suwet’en nation’s traditional
Sutherland-Wilson, a 23-year-old Gitxsan man who recorded most of the
footage, said the scene captured in the video took place hours after
police first arrived to enforce the injunction against him and a handful
of friends, including Eve Saint, daughter of the hereditary chief of
that territory, Chief Woos.
The video was taken on Feb. 7, the
day of the second wave of enforcement from the RCMP which resulted in
four arrests, including Sutherland-Wilson at the Gidimt’en checkpoint at
the 44-kilometre mark on the Morice West Forest Service Road.
Gidimt’en checkpoint was one of several sites where the Wet’suwet’en
and their supporters have been living and asserting that nobody could
pass the checkpoint without the consent of the hereditary chiefs.
It was posted on the Gidimt’en checkpoint Facebook page on Wednesday.
Much of the video was shot while Sutherland-Wilson stood perched on top of a wooden tower that was constructed on top of a yellow school bus, surrounded by RCMP — including a canine unit and tactical police carrying semi-automatic guns.