Open Letter Regarding Police Actions on Wet’suwet’en Territories

The BCCLA is highly concerned about the developing situation in Wet’suwet’en territories. We are alarmed by the institution of an overbroad RCMP exclusion zone prohibiting Wet’suwet’en people, journalists, and the public from entering and monitoring police activity. The BCCLA strongly urges the RCMP to refrain from instituting exclusion zones that prohibit the public, invited guests of the Wet’suwet’en, and media from accessing the area. Restricting the movement of Wet’suwet’en people through their own territories is a grave violation of Wet’suwet’en law and jurisdiction, and constitutionally-protected Wet’suwet’en rights and title. We have also received disturbing information about reporters being detained, threatened with arrest, and given instructions from RCMP about what they can photograph, including instructions not to photograph tactical gear.

Read the full open letter here.