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No one ever said it was going to be easy’: Horgan addresses ongoing Indigenous rights, pipeline protests – CityNews

by ahnationtalk on February 28, 202050 Views

Feb 27, 2020

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) — A meeting between Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and federal and B.C. ministers has ended for the day in Smithers, B.C., with a plan to resume Friday morning.

Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and B.C. Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser didn’t provide details of what was discussed when the meeting ended Thursday, less than three hours after it began.

The chiefs’ opposition to a natural gas pipeline cutting across their traditional territory, coupled with their efforts to limit police presence on their lands, has sparked shows of support across the country including rallies, blockades of railroads and ports, sit-ins at government offices, and encampments of Indigenous youth on the steps of the B.C. Legislature.

Prior to the meeting Premier John Horgan told reporters this issue is the most challenging one faced by his administration but stressed his government remains committed to reconciliation and to upholding the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

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