Talks continue to break impasse over pipeline construction in northern B.C.

Talks continue to break impasse over pipeline construction in northern B.C.

"I can say that our discussions were extremely respectful and extremely productive".

We have just come through 150 years of oppression, assimilation, cultural genocide and the attempted annihilation of First Nations and it seems that Confederation policies will remain the same for the next 150 years despite hallow talk to build a new Nation to Nation relationship with the original people of Turtle Island by the demonstration of heavy handed actions that have now been observed around the world.

The Shuswap Nation Tribe Committee has proclaimed its uniformity and support with hereditary leaders out of the Wet' suwet' en First Nation, resisting the building and construction of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline over their land close to Smithers in north B.C.

Coastal GasLink (CGL) will be able to begin work on its right-of-way in Wet'suwet'en traditional territory in northern BC after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) reached an agreement January 9 with the First Nation's hereditary chiefs to remove a second blockade.

They plan to meet with RCMP again Thursday to discuss details such as retaining a gate that residents and supporters of the camp say is vital to their safety.

The Coastal GasLink pipeline would run through the Wet'suwet'en territory to Kitimat, B.C., where LNG Canada is building a $40-billion export facility.

Headlined "This is Not Over", the statement says that the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs - who control what activities take place on traditional territories - "have by absolutely no means agreed to let the Coastal GasLink pipeline tear through our traditional territories".

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Trudeau said he was pleased tensions had eased between police and the First Nations over the pipeline on Wednesday night, and the time will come to answer questions about what was done and how it could have been handled differently.

Joseph is a member of the Lake Babine First Nation more than 100 kilometres away, but he said he wants to show solidarity with other Indigenous people who feel threatened on their land.

"We know we can not do it without creating partnerships and engaging with Indigenous Peoples who are the traditional custodians of these lands, without thinking deeply about the environmental consequences and the long-term impacts of the choices we're making".

They say his visit before Mounties moved in to arrest 14 protesters on Monday was inappropriate, but Horgan is applauding his actions.

"We tried to keep positive but the unknown out there was scary", she said.

"We recognize that it may not be possible to get unanimous support for a major infrastructure project in B.C., but we believe Canada's economy can not prosper without a growing and healthy resource sector".

The B.C. Liberals have been demanding Donaldson's resignation.

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