A protest against RCMP enforcement was held outside the Terrace RCMP detachment

Hillary Johnson
02/06/2020

A crowd gathered in front of the Terrace RCMP detachment today to protest the RCMP's enforcement of a court injunction against the Wet'suwet'en people, who are blocking construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project south of Houston. Protest organizer, Hilary Lightening says that the RCMP enforcing the CGL injunction is unconstitutional.

"I think it's about time everybody rises up against corporate corruption, government corruption. If they want to talk about reconciliation, then they need to be coming to talk to the Wet'suwet'en on a nation to nation bases rather than coming in with guns and forcing the Wet'suwet'en, who are legally occupying their territories, off of their land."

Lightening hopes the protest will spread awareness of the issue. She says when RCMP members show up in tactical gear and weapons, it doesn't show that Canada is prepared to keep the promise of reconciliation.

"I'm angry. I feel betrayed, it's not just this issue right now, but I'm feeling the weight of 150 plus years of colonization. I'm feeling frustrated with the violent suppression of our voices, choices and our bodies. This land is unseeded, and the only illegal occupants are the government itself."

She says that the government needs to stand down and respect that consultation is not consent.

"And consultation from the government can be a letter; it can be a speech in front of five people. So they can't say they have duly consulted anybody its obvious people are opposed to this project. It's obvious that people don't want it happening in their territory. It's time for the government to make good on its promise."

Lightening says it's easy to organize a protest. All you have to do is be willing to be seen and heard, be courageous and to stand up for what you believe in. She wants to thank all who attended and showed support.

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