The grand council chief of the Anishinabek Nation has issued a statement in support of those opposing a liquefied natural gas pipeline project being built across Wet’suwet’en First Nation traditional territory in northwestern British Columbia.
The statement from Glen Hare says the Wet’suwet’en fought for many years in the Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa court case to have their sovereignty recognized and affirmed by Canadian law.
He continues by saying the Supreme Court of Canada in 1997 ruled that the Wet’suwet’en people, as represented by their hereditary leaders, had not given up rights and title to their 22,000-square-kilometre territory.
“We support the Wet’suwet’en who are protecting their First Nation lands and territory from encroachment,” he said.
“We have concerns regarding the safety of all those involved on the ground and every effort should be made by all involved to dialogue towards a resolution to the situation. We must ensure that the police tone down their use of force.”