Premier Attends Wet'suwet'en Smoke Feast in Witset

John Crawford

Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Na’Moks says First Nations voices are finally being heard, and that optimism is running high, following a smoke feast attended by Premier John Horgan held in Witset (Moricetown) Saturday.

Chief Na'Moks, also known as John Ridsdale, says he was pleased by Horgan's announcement of the beginning of a new process of reconciliation.

The smoke feast was to mark the formal commencement of discussions between the Province of BC and the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs.

The purpose of the joint discussions is the implementation of Wet'suwet'en Title and traditional decision making.

In January, the Premier and the Hereditary Chiefs announced they were committed to exploring a path forward on a government-to-government basis. 

[PHOTO: Premier Horgan speaking at Witset --  Shannon McPhail / Facebook]

Several Wet'suwet'en Chiefs and matriarchs were on hand for the ceremony, along with retiring New Democrat MP's Nathan Cullen and Murray Rankin.

Rankin was appointed by the province in January to be Victoria's representative to guide the process along.

The Chiefs and the province remain at odds over the Coastal GasLink pipeline project.

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