This is my home’: growing anger in Canada over projects on indigenous lands – The Guardian

by ahnationtalk on January 11, 201960 Views

The territory of the Wet’suwet’en in British Columbia was never ceded by treaty and hereditary chiefs say they retain authority

Justin Trudeau was in campaign mode this week, striding around a school gymnasium, shirtsleeves rolled up and brow suitably furrowed as he addressed voters’ concerns at one of his annual town hall-style meetings.

A day earlier and nearly 800km away, another face of the federal government was on display as dozens of police – some heavily armed – stormed a makeshift barricade, arresting 14 indigenous protesters and prompting others to flee for safety on snowmobiles.

The protesters in northern British Columbia had camped out for days amid bitter cold and deep snow, manning a checkpoint to prevent construction vehicles from entering the territory of the Wet’suwet’en nation.

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