Police officers remove a protester from a camp opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
The actions taken against Wet'suwet'en land defenders and their supporters are part of the worrying and concerted efforts of the governments of Canada and British Columbia to remove obstacles to the construction of the [ Coastal GasLink] on ancestral, unceded lands, said Ana Piquer, Americas program director at Amnesty International, in a statement.
Chief Na'moks denounces in particular the role of the Intervention Group for Community and Industry Safety (GISCI). This division of the RCMP is specifically mandated during demonstrations or obstruction of natural resource exploitation projects in British Columbia.
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The RCMP announced that they arrested 14 people Thursday, November 18 while Wet'suwet'en protesters blocked a road.< /p>
The report documents brutal arrests including between February 2020 and November 2021. We are criminalized for protecting clean air, clean water, our food security and our future, and we have remained non-violent until #x27;at the end, declares Chief Na'moks.
The RCMP did not respond to requests for interviews from Radio-Canada within the required deadlines. TC Energy, for its part, refused these requests, stating by email that it had not had the opportunity to examine the evidence underlying Amnesty International's assertions.
With signed agreements from all 20 Indigenous communities [whose territory the pipeline passes through], Coastal GasLink was built on a fundamental commitment to respect and support Indigenous peoples, TC Energy says in writing.
In March, Radio-Canada observed a security guard refusing access to the Morice River to hereditary chief Na'moks, a contentious construction site, which the First Nation closely monitored so that environmental standards were respected.
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Hereditary chief Wet'suwet'en Na'moks (John Ridsdale) is at the site of one of the cabins built by opponents of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline has gone up in flames.
Construction of the gas pipeline is now complete, according to TC Égnergy, and yet the hereditary chief says he still has no access to certain locations in Wet'suwet'en territory.
We are always under surveillance, we insist on this fact. Surveillance has decreased, but that doesn't mean we can do what we want freely, like we could a few years ago, he says.
The release of this report coincides with the 27th anniversary of the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Delgamuukw v. British Columbia, a historic decision on the rights of indigenous peoples.