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Globe says silent majority said to back TC Energy pipe – Stockwatch

by ahnationtalk on June 10, 201939 Views


The Globe and Mail reports in its Monday, June 10, edition that three prominent indigenous women say a majority of Wet’suwet’en Nation members are in favour of reaping economic benefits from a $6.2-billion pipeline project in British Columbia. The Globe’s Brent Jang writes that the women feel compelled to speak out after being ostracized by anti-pipeline protesters for supporting TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink. Theresa Tait-Day, Darlene Glaim and Gloria George want to give voice to a silent majority, according to their affidavits, which were filed in B.C. Supreme Court as part of Coastal GasLink’s application to extend an injunction to ensure protesters do not revive an anti-pipeline blockade. In 2015, the three women helped co-found the Wet’suwet’en Matrilineal Coalition (WMC) in an effort to encourage community members to make informed decisions. While the pipeline project has been approved by all 20 elected first nation councils, seven male Wet’suwet’en hereditary house chiefs have led a campaign to oppose it. The chiefs say the women created WMC without proper authority. The women, however, insist WMC remains an ideal group to help bring the wishes of Wet’suwet’en members to the forefront.

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