Actions across globe planned in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en clans

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TransCanada has said it has signed agreements with all First Nations along its Coastal GasLink pipeline route to LNG Canada's $40 billion liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, B.C.

"We're very concerned", Tait says.
"Indigenous land defenders must be treated with respect and must have their right to defend their lands and territories from the impacts of industry and climate change recognized and protected".

Rallies are planned in 30 cities Tuesday - including Vancouver, Victoria, Chilliwack, Lillooet, Nelson, Cortes Island and Prince George - in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en.

He said he has spoken with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and is confident a peaceful resolution can be found with the hereditary chiefs.

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe attended the rally, which he said was about defending the "quality of life" that Canadians enjoy thanks to natural resources development.

The checkpoints are meant to keep workers away from the construction site for TransCanada PipeLines Ltd.'s $4.7-billion, 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline, which will deliver natural gas from Dawson Creek to a planned LNG Canada facility near Kitimat.

Saganash said did not hear back from the provincial and federal Indigenous-affairs ministers he asked to help alleviate tension in northern B.C. prior to the arrests by the Mounties.

"Sovereignty issues are issues that Indigenous people have faced for years and that's really what we're trying to talk about".

RCMP officers climb over a barricade and start making arrests to enforce the Coastal GasLink injunction at the Gidimt'en camp in northern B.C. on January 7, 2019.

"The big thing is we've got to be able to support our communities that said yes to this (project) because it's their community that needs that financial benefit", he said.

Residents of Vancouver are also now protesting in support of those arrested pipeline protestors and are blocking traffic as they head to Victory Square.

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"It is a national issue", Sinclair said.

"It's about getting out of poverty and finding a way for our people".

"Real consensus will be built when the parties, with very different views, come together in a meaningful and productive dialogue", his statement goes on.

In Ottawa, protesters blocked a major intersection near Parliament Hill and roads were also blocked in downtown Vancouver to accommodate demonstrators outside the B.C. Supreme Court.

The RCMP's actions are in direct contradiction to both governments' stated commitments to true reconciliation, and to full implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which is a global human rights standard.

New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen, who represents the area, said the protest he witnessed on Monday was "determined" but "peaceful".

Cpl. Madonna Saunderson would not say how many RCMP officers were involved in the operation.

The defendants are also prohibited from threatening, intimidating or getting within 10 metres of anyone actively working on the project.LNG Canada announced on October 2 that its joint venture participants had taken a positive investment decision to construct the Kitimat export facility.B.C.

"I don't want to diminish the significance of the protests yesterday but they were not uniformly focused on Wet'suwet'en territory", he said. "We haven't had positive experiences with RCMP and police forces".

Tait says there had been concerns at the Unist'ot'en camp, citing a "tense climate" there with the possibility of demonstrators being removed for restricting access to the pipeline.

"In this government, you have a partner willing to figure out the path forward that is right for each of you, and eventually right for every Indigenous person in this country", Trudeau told the Indigenous leaders who had moved to the new venue with him.

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