Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
Business | By Eloise Houston

Rally held in downtown Calgary in support of B.C. pipeline protesters

Rally held in downtown Calgary in support of B.C. pipeline protesters

"Thank you all for your patience today", Trudeau eventually told the crowd that had been reassembled at the Wellington building, for the Canada-Modern Treaty and Self-Governing First Nations Forum.

"They only want dialogue if it works in their favour".

"Today we have a chance to reflect on what we've accomplished", said Trudeau, and then discussed his government's promised legislation to protect Indigenous languages, as well as other efforts to reform child and family services and promote a new fiscal relationship with Indigenous governments.

The RCMP says it is not taking sides in the dispute.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe attended the rally, which he said was about defending the "quality of life" that Canadians enjoy thanks to natural resources development.

"The big thing is we've got to be able to support our communities that said yes to this (project) because it's their community that needs that financial benefit", he said.

TransCanada has said it has signed agreements with all First Nations along its Coastal GasLink pipeline route to LNG Canada's $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C.

Members of the Gidimt'en clan of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation set up a camp and a checkpoint along the Morice West Service Road in the town of Houston, blocking access to TransCanada's planned Coastal GasLink project.

Officers are now speaking at the Morice West Forest Service Road bridge's fortified checkpoint created by the protesters.

RCMP enforced a court injunction against a camp of LNG opponents in northern B.C. on Monday arresting 14 people and rallies in support of the protest were held across the country on Tuesday.y.

In a notice of civil claim filed November 23, Coastal GasLink says construction on the pipeline is scheduled to begin this month for completion in 2021.

Members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation, which is made up of five clans that have 13 houses, have long protested construction of pipelines through the nation's 22,000 square kilometres of claimed traditional territory.

In dozens of cities in Canada and the United States, demonstrations were scheduled january 8 to show support for the Wet'suwet'en. "I think those are conversations that we need to have that we aren't having enough of". "I don't want to dwell on the past, but you know, and I know, that previous governments and institutions spent years ignoring your communities and your concerns", Trudeau said. Any removal of Wet'suwet'en peoples by the RCMP, or any other authoritarian forces, has directly violated UNDRIP and the Trudeau government's promise to implement UNDRIP.

In the context of climate change, May said continuing to develop fossil fuels in Canada was not in the nation's economic interest. "That's what this conflict is about, Reconciliation". "Indigenous land defenders must be treated with respect and must have their right to defend their lands and territories from the impacts of industry and climate change recognized and protected".

"My people are hurting, it makes me hurt".

"Unless there is a large movement, an worldwide movement on oil, there is not going to be any Reconciliation. I can't just go over there and take it apart and put it back together".

Demonstrators assemble on the steps of the B.C. legislature in Victoria during the protest to support members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation opposing a pipeline. "Despite the lip service given to "Truth and Reconciliation", Canada is now attempting to do what it has always done - criminalize and use violence against indigenous people so that their unceded homelands can be exploited for profit".

"I am exhausted of the lies. We are the land, the land is us".

One day after the arrests, an worldwide day of solidarity with Wet'suwet'en was planned in Canada and across the world.

Trudeau's address was subsequently moved to another government building close to Parliament Hill later Tuesday. "Where's our Indigenous rights?" he said.

It was just one of many protests taking place across the country on an worldwide day of protest.

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