Wet'suwet'en Chiefs/Government Talks Off

Kathy Brookes with reports from The Canadian Press
02/26/2020

    Hopes have been dashed for a meeting Thursday between Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs and federal and provincial government ministers to try to resolve the Coastal GasLink impasse.

     According to The Canadian Press, late today Chief Na'Moks, who also goes by the name John Ridsdale, said the federal and provincial governments had cancelled planned talks.

     He said the governments wanted the chiefs to ask their supporters to "step down on their actions" -- meaning protests and blockades around the country -- but Chief Na'Moks says the chiefs can't tell others what to do.  He said he was "heartbroken". 

     Canadian Press reports that a statement from the Premier's Office says the B.C. government hoped the chiefs would agree to "a period of peace and respect during the talks, which would include encouraging their supporters to remove blockades". 

     All the parties say they still want to meet. 

     Chief Na'Moks confirmed today that former Skeena-Bulkley Valley New Democrat M.P. Nathan Cullen had resumed his role as a mediator in the discussions.

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