Representatives from the Wet’suwet’en Nation, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) hold a news conference in Vancouver to discuss the call for an investigation into the RCMP’s actions in restricting access to an area in Wet’suwet’en territory in northern B.C. Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, UBCIC, and BCCLA want Michelaine Lahaie, chair of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, to investigate what they say are improper and unlawful actions with police implementing and enforcing an exclusion zone near the Coastal GasLink work site. Speakers at the news conference are addressing Lahaie’s response to the request for a policy complaint and public interest investigation in the matter. The commission will not initiate an investigation, despite the “significant public interest,” citing potential delay to a resolution to the dispute.
Supporters of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the Coastal GasLink pipeline project have set up camps between the police checkpoint and the work site. Ongoing rail blockades mounted in a number of locations nationwide in support of the hereditary chiefs have disrupted Canada’s rail system. (February 20, 2020) (no interpretation)