Wet’suwet’en dispute over Coastal GasLink resumes

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have moved in to remove indigenous protesters at the site of TC Energy Corp’s Coastal GasLink pipeline in British Columbia. The Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation provided notice Sunday morning that it would be blockading the main road into the Lhudis Bin territory that afternoon. Hereditary chiefs from the Gidimt’en and the four other clans that make up the Wet’suwet’en people have been trying for more than a year to halt construction of the pipeline that is now more than half-finished. All of the 20 elected indigenous band councils along Coastal GasLink’s 670 km route support the project. But Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs insist they have the final say. A memorandum of understanding signed since then between the federal and provincial governments and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs was believed to have eased tensions.

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