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Talks underway between Unist’ot’en camp and RCMP to reach ‘a peaceful solution’ says hereditary chief


Unist’ot’en Camp in B.C. Dec 18, 2018

Simon Charland
Kathleen Martens
An RCMP operation to enforce a court injunction over a pipeline dispute in northern B.C. has come to an end for now without further arrests, APTN News has learned.

Hereditary Chief Na’Moks of the Wet’suwet’en Nation confirmed Tuesday night talks were underway to reach “a peaceful solution” after Monday’s raid at a checkpoint 20 km down the road from the camp.

“The people who escaped to the healing centre are in trauma,” Na’Moks said.

“We are in discussions with the RCMP and we will only allow them in after agreements are made.”

Police took 14 people into custody after rushing a homemade checkpoint on Gidimt’en territory set up to block Coast GasLink employees from reaching a healing centre on Unist’ot’en territory.

But some members of both houses escaped arrest and fled to the healing centre in the camp up the Morice River Service Road south of Houston, B.C.

Na’Moks said the chiefs want a non-violent end to the standoff, which saw people inside the healing centre spend the day “singing and drumming” to keep calm.

APTN witnessed a convoy of RCMP vehicles exit the road into Houston before a spokesperson for the chiefs provided a statement.

Debbie Pierre, executive director of the Office of Wet’suwet’en said the meeting with RCMP was underway in Smithers and the chiefs would share the outcome with the public Wednesday morning.

She noted police spent the day clearing “fallen trees and heavy snow” from the road leading to the healing centre.

According to an RCMP release Monday evening, police “observed a number of fires being lit along the roadway by unknown persons, and large trees felled across the roadway,” after the arrests.

The checkpoint has been completely cleared away, APTN was told.

More to come


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9 Responses to “Talks underway between Unist’ot’en camp and RCMP to reach ‘a peaceful solution’ says hereditary chief”

    Don January 10, 2019 at 4:12 pm #

    Interesting how APTN filters any comment that goes against their thinking . Spent a lot of time putting in a comment calling for honesty and it gets thrown to the wind . Did everything correctly to submit and it has disappeared .

    • Mark Blackburn January 10, 2019 at 6:27 pm #

      Hi Don, I don’t see your comments anywhere. Can you resubmit?

    David January 9, 2019 at 7:01 pm #

    This information doesn’t seem to be available anywhere else on the web (that I can find) this morning of Jan 9, 2019. Good job getting the information out to the people APTN. This is history in the making. Solidarity with Unistoten!

    Leslie January 9, 2019 at 6:37 pm #

    Peaceful solution=Leave it in the ground ✌✊

    Gerald Courchene January 9, 2019 at 5:38 pm #

    We continue to talk but the government continues not to listen!!!

    Sven January 9, 2019 at 3:59 pm #

    Attacking people with military police is against the law. Blocking public roads is against the law. RCMP are guilty of these and other crimes. They should arrest their managers in HQ

    Alfred January 9, 2019 at 2:05 pm #

    Has the Federal government such a short memory that they already have forgotten Oka?

    Tupak Huehuecoyotl January 9, 2019 at 6:51 am #

    Self Determination and Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the New NAFTA Trade Zone of North America [Canada-US-Mexico]
    Of the three countries engaged in the USMCA, Canada was the only government that provided reference of context for this operative Article of the USMCA. This implies that the Canadian interpretation of standards regarding Indigenous Peoples Rights across the USMCA market zone will prevail.

    The reference of context was given in a footnote that reads:

    “For greater certainty, for Canada the legal obligations include those recognized and affirmed by section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982 or those set out in self-government agreements between a central or regional level of government and indigenous peoples”.

    Before the question is asked regarding the mechanisms to enforce legal obligations for Indigenous Peoples whose rights under International Law are impacted by USCMCA, rights that are inherent and inalienable in equality to all other peoples, beyond the qualifying constraints of section 35 of the Canadian Constitution, the US Constitution, or the Mexican Constitution – it is critically important to face the fact that the government of Justin Trudeau has already established a limiting framework of preconditions to constrict the debate and define the context of legal responsibilities:

    “The Government of Canada recognizes that meaningful engagement with Indigenous peoples AIMS TO SECURE their free, prior, and informed consent when Canada proposes to take actions which impact them and their rights, including their lands, territories and resources.”

    Canada 10 “principles” on government’s relationship with Indigenous peoples (July 14, 2017)

    These are the same guys who took aim at William ‘Wolverine’ Jones Ignace during the Ts’Peten/ Gustafsen LakeStandoff in 1995. They fired 77,000 rounds of ammunition into the camp, yet Wolverine walked out of the Ts’Peten/ Gustafsen Lake Standoff on September 17, 1995 in full command of all of his physical and spiritual powers as an unbroken warrior of the Ts’Peten and all Original Nations of Indigenous Peoples of the Great Turtle Island Abya Yala.

    Wolverine did not walk out of the Ts’Peten/ Gustafsen Lake Standoff to surrender to the RCMP nor submit to the jurisdiction of the Canadian courts. Wolverine walked out of the Ts’Peten/ Gustafsen Lake Standoff to deliver an INDICTMENT on behalf of the Original Nations of the Continental Commission Abya Yala denouncing the criminal violation of Human Rights and Territorial Rights being committed by Her Majesty the Queen in the Right of Canada.

    Neal Shannacappo January 9, 2019 at 5:13 am #

    We’ll believe it when we see it.

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