The BCCLA is highly concerned about the developing situation in Wet’suwet’en territories.
On December 31st the B.C. Supreme Court granted an injunction and enforcement order to Coastal GasLink for their natural gas pipeline project on Wet’suwet’en territory in Northern British Columbia. Under Anuk ‘nu’at’en (Wet’suwet’en law), Wet’suwet’en clans opposed all pipeline proposals and have not provided free, prior, and informed consent to Coastal Gaslink to do work on their lands.
In an open letter to the RCMP, Government of Canada, the province of British Columbia, and Coastal Gaslink, the BC Civil Liberties Association urges Coastal Gaslink and the RCMP not to enforce the injunction order at this time, to allow for a peaceful resolution between the Wet’suwet’en, Coastal GasLink, and the provincial and federal governments. The BCCLA stresses that lethal force is an absolutely unacceptable and abhorrent response to the current peaceful exercise of Anuk ‘nu’at’en.