MEDIA ADVISORY OF PRESS CONFERENCE: Wet’suwet’en, BCCLA and UBCIC Release CRCC Chairperson Response Regarding RCMP Exclusion Zone

For Immediate Release

WHAT: Citing significant public interest in the matter, the Chairperson of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission (CRCC) for the RCMP, Michelaine Lahaie, has issued a response to Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and BC Civil Liberties Association’s call for an investigation regarding the improper and unlawful actions of the RCMP in in Wet’suwet’en territory. The hard-hitting response by Michelaine Lahaie will be released to the media and addressed by the speakers.

Read the CRCC response here.

DATE:  Thursday February 20, 2020

TIME:  9:00 a.m. PST

LOCATION: UBCIC Boardroom- 312 Main Street, 4th floor, Vancouver (entrance on Cordova)


  • Molly Wickham Sleydo’, Wet’suwet’en Gidimt’en Clan spokesperson via call-in
  • Delee Alexis Nikal, Wet’suwet’en Gidimt’en Clan, one of the complainants to the CRCC
  • Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond Akikwe: Director of UBC’s Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, Professor at UBC Allard School of Law, served as Provincial Court Judge for 20 years.
  • David Suzuki: Broadcaster, Cofounder of David Suzuki Foundation, Order of Canada
  • Grand Chief Stewart Phillip: President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
  • Harsha Walia, Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Association
  • Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en



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