Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs Continue Opposition to Coastal GasLink

John Crawford

Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs are continuing their attempts to block construction of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline -- and have erected a new checkpoint on the Morice Lake Forest Service Road south of Houston.

Spokesperson Molly Wickham says the five clans of the Wet'suwet'en are asserting their control over Gitdumden Clan territory, which borders that of the Unist'ot'en.  

On Monday, a court injunction went into effect, ordering an end to a blockade by the Unist'ot'en clan against Coastal GasLink crews. 

The crews had been trying to do some pre-construction work on the pipeline, which would link the natural gas fields of northeast BC with the LNG Canada terminal planned for Kitimat. 

Wickham says while some elected bands have signed on to the Coastal GasLink Agreement, the Hereditary Chiefs have not -- and they have jurisdiction over the territories.

Coastal GasLink says its activities will not impact the Unist’ot’en -- and it will continue efforts to find a mutual solution to the impasse.

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