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BC Hydro granted Site C injunction against protesters

BC Hydro granted Site C injunction against protesters

A judge has granted BC Hydro an injunction order to remove people protesting the Site C dam project at a tent camp near Fort St. John.

Spokesman Dave Conway says the utility company applied for the order because it was unsafe to do clearing work with people in the area.

The ruling means demonstrators have no right to obstruct the hydroelectric project, which has regulatory approval from both the federal and provincial governments.

Nathan Cullen is the federal NDP’s critic for Environment and Climate Change and Democratic Reform.

He’s critical of both why the province wants to build the dam and how Ottawa is handling the project.

First Nations members maintain that the nearly nine billion dollar dam violates their treaty rights because it will flood agricultural land and archeological sites, as well as hunting and fishing areas.

Helen Knott is with the Prophet River First Nation.

She’s also the great great granddaughter of Chief Bigfoot, the last to sign Treaty 8 in 1911, and she says it’s been an emotional day.

She says the experience so far has made her cynical over Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s claims to want a new relationship with Canada’s First Nations.

Knott says when a delegation went over to Ottawa to make their concerns known, they were met with silence from the Liberal party.

She says she can’t speak to whether people will ignore the injunction or and risk arrest, but she says for the protesters to occupy the tent site through the winter shows an incredible amount of dedication.

The injunction takes affect midnight tonight.

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