CBC: B.C.’s DNA is embedded in Wet’suwet’en demonstrations

It’s about privilege and power, race and resources, just as it’s been since Gold Rush days

Justin McElroy · CBC News · Posted: Feb 15, 2020 6:00 AM PT

Demonstrators rally at the B.C. Legislature on Tuesday to support Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. (Michael McArthur/CBC)

At its core, this week of rotating blockades and demonstrations across B.C. is the same conflict that has always existed in this province. 

But it’s also different.

It’s the same because British Columbia’s political culture has long involved strikes and protests and civil disobedience, often meant to inconvenience, usually centred around rights and race and resources. 

“These have happened before and they will continue to happen,” said Rod Mickleburgh, a longtime B.C. journalist who has written books on the labour movement.

“We’re so wired to cover the latest thing and perhaps boost it out of all proportion to its relevance … and people forget our history.”

But the demonstrations supporting the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline are different, because technology and social media allow the dispute to play out in real time to the entire nation, with a level of coordination among young Indigenous leaders never before attained. 

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