Houston RCMP identify suspects after arsonists destroy Wet'suwet'en cabin

John Crawford
08/19/2020

Houston R.C.M.P say they have identified two Burns Lake men as suspects in connection with an arson on the Morice Forest Service road that occurred over the weekend.

Members of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en say a cabin belonging to Chief Gisday'wa  was burned to the ground Saturday.

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[PHOTO CREDIT: Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory / Facebook]   

It's located in an area that served as a checkpoint during protests against the Coastal GasLink pipeline project.
The R.C.M.P say the two suspects, aged 24 and 19, were employed in the Houston area -- but their names haven't been released, and police haven't said whether they've been arrested.

An R.C.M.P news release says the fire occured sometime overnight between Friday and Saturday.
Officers say the area appeared to be unoccupied at the time, but they conducted a sweep of the area to make sure no one needed assistance.

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[PHOTO CREDIT: Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory / Facebook]   

The Gidimt'en say the cabin served as part of a cultural meeting place, built at the request of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs

Houston R.C.M.P Sergeant Mark Smaill said the case is a priority for the detachment and added it could have ended tragically had anyone been in the building.

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[PHOTO CREDIT: Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory / Facebook]   
 

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