Demonstrators block all access to BC Legislature ahead of Throne Speech

Feb 11 2020, 7:12 pm

Indigenous youth have been occupying the front entrance of BC Legislature in Victoria in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en for six days, and today, a number of supporters have blocked all entrances ahead of this afternoon’s Throne Speech.

The demonstration is the latest in a series of actions across the country supporting Wet’suwet’en land defenders as the RCMP removes them from a pipeline construction route in northern BC.

The RCMP have been enforcing a court order in recent days that allows Coastal GasLink to continue construction on its new liquified natural gas pipeline that crosses Wet’suwet’en territory to transport product to port in Kitimat, BC.

BC Liberal Party Leader Andrew Wilkinson tweeted that he is looking forward to a conclusion of the blockade so elected officials can “get to work” ahead of the speech this afternoon.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip addressed the crowd of supporters in the blockade, saying that BC Premier John Horgan is not serious about reconciliation.

“I want to thank each and every one of you for being here today, for standing up for the hereditary chiefs, for our own system of governance, that seeks to protect the integrity of the land, the environment, and the water,” said Phillip.

“Reconciliation will never be achieved at gunpoint.”

With files from Megan Devlin

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