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First let’s talk about basic Indigenous rights, then we’ll get to reconciliation

The 2 events are aspects of the same fight — "to be fairly, legally recognized in a country that spins stories about the sincerity of reconciliation...."
Thread: Unist'ot'en camp awaits RCMP after injunction enforced at Gidimt'en anti-pipeline checkpoint.

Mounties enforcing court order to allow pipeline company access to northern B.C. road and bridge

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Trudeau's meeting with Indigenous leaders changed venues after First Nations pipeline protest

Trudeau addressed Indigenous forum in Ottawa as First Nations protesters marched through city
Justin Trudeau encounters large protest in Ottawa following RCMP arrests of pipeline opponents in B.C.

Emotions are very high because of the way in which the RCMP arrests were conducted with assault rifles and b/c of the UN declaration.
The problem with media/politicians/pundits is the failure to mention that the gas pipeline is not approved by all First Nations along the BC pipeline route, contrary to TransCanada's bragging that they have full cooperation. It's Band Council approval they have.
The difference between Hereditary Chiefs & Elected Band Councils (Vis-à-vis the colonial Indian Act) is explained in the following 2 articles.

The Band is accountable to the government (Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada) & the Chiefs are the authentic caretakers of the land.
Hereditary Chief definition

"If you are working with a community that has both forms of leadership [hereditary & elected], it is something that needs to be sorted out before you go and commence work."

Translation: LNG approval was not unanimous with FN
Indian Act and Elected Chief and Band Council System

"The imposed [election] system displaced traditional political structures and did not reflect, consider or honour First Nation needs or values."
Hereditary chiefs in B.C. stand opposed to Coastal GasLink pipeline despite injunction.

'They can go anywhere they want, except for on Wet'suwet'en territory,' chief says at checkpoint gates
Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in B.C. say LNG pipeline doesn’t have unanimous consent

TransCanada should have consulted both elected and hereditary leaders & I am not sure if they did.
The recent Supreme Court decision was a game changer in Canada. The Tsilhqot’in Nation got its land back. Canada will never be the same

There is a great deal of unceded territory in BC which is unique to BC.
Horgan's acknowledgment of unceded Indigenous territory a milestone for B.C.

"In the rush to establish the colony of British Columbia, governor James Douglas skipped over the stage of negotiating treaties."
B.C. premier 'confident' for peaceful resolution after arrests at Gidimt'en camp checkpoint
Statement comes after 14 people arrested at pipeline blockade in northern B.C.
BC & Canada Ignore Wet'suwet'en Title Holders To Push Pipeline Agenda

It sounds like the Prov & Fed Gov MAY have downloaded their constitutional obligations for consults to Transcanada & that could be problematic. Following 2 sources are from FN
The wrong chiefs are signing pipeline benefit agreements

Apparently industry with BC Gov is creating deals with band councils when they should be consulting with Hereditary Chiefs.

First Nations won 200+court cases in Canada around this very issue.
Jurisdiction over the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project

The NEB is now reviewing whether the Province and/or Federal Gov has jurisdiction.

Hopefully, Governments didn't download their responsibility to TransCanada to consult b/c NEB won't touch that.
I hope cooler heads prevail and both sides don't overplay their hands.

With the demonstrations, we are seeing a repeat of #IdleNoMore when Harper overplayed his hand.

As the Toronto Star author said: "these two events might seem entirely separate but they are intertwined."
B.C. pipeline protesters say they’ll obey injunction to end blockade dlvr.it/QwLdbX
When pipeline companies want to build on Indigenous lands, with whom do they consult?

The tensions have highlighted the differences between elected and hereditary leadership
Nine Things You Need to Know about the Unist’ot’en Blockade.

"The 13 hereditary chiefs argue that the elected chief only has jurisdiction over the band’s reserves.... "
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A conversation about justice for people': Edmonton protesters support Wet'suwet'en anti-pipeline camps

"...Wet'suwet'en's hereditary leaders have said those agreements [with TransCanada] don't apply to the traditional territories.""
Good read: Politics and plans that got most everything wrong led to LNG protests.

Blame those obstreperous Wet'suwet'en people all you like, but it was governments avoiding tough questions that caused this mess

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