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A look at the conflict in the Wet’suwet’en Nation
A year ago the RCMP raided the Gidimt’en checkpoint along the Morice River Road in Wet’suwet’en Nation.
While police blocked access to a number of media outlets, including APTN News, video of the raid leaked out around the world.
Mounties in paramilitary uniforms with rifles stormed the checkpoint. They went over the barricade and arrested 14 land defenders.
Tensions are again running high between the Hereditary Chiefs, Coastal GasLink and the RCMP.
On this page we’ve gathered stories from APTN News reporters to give you a deeper understanding of the ongoing conflict.
Gidimt’en Camp: How the events unfolded
In January 2019, land prodtectors at the Gidimt’en checkpoint say they were trying to stop CGL pipeline workers from accessing preliminary construction areas further up the road, past the Unist’ot’en Village, with approval from Wet’suwe’ten’s highest hereditary chiefs.
In the end the Gidimt’en checkpoint was dismantled and CGL gained access to the site.
But now another conflict has arisen. The hereditary chiefs issued an eviction notice to CGL.