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‘This is about our dignity’: Green MLA, MP meet with Indigenous pipeline opponents in northern B.C.

Members of the provincial and federal Green parties travelled to northern B.C. this weekend to meet with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and other opponents of a natural gas pipeline set to run through their ancestral lands.

BC Greens Interim Leader Adam Olsen landed in nearby Smithers on Saturday after being invited by the Chiefs earlier in the week. On Sunday, he was joined by Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Paul Manly, who was also invited.

Together, they heard the group’s concerns about the project, the B.C. Supreme Court injunction seeking to remove their camp, and the RCMP’s presence in the community as they man an “access control checkpoint” nearby.

“We have a very complex legal system in this country, one which recognizes Indigenous law and recognizes this specific Indigenous law,” said Olsen, a member of the Tsartlip First Nation in Brentwood Bay.

“This is about our dignity. This is about our country and our province doing things in a dignified way.”

Coastal GasLink is building the 670-kilometre pipeline from British Columbia’s northeast to Kitimat on the coast.

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