A Kitimat-based environmental stewardship group is standing behind Unist’ot’en members currently blocking oil and gas crews from First Nation territory.
A news release from Douglas Channel Watch says it supports the actions of the camp members not to allow oil or natural gas pipelines across Unist’ot’en territory or rivers.
It also expresses concern about the impact of the federal government’s new anti-terror law which it says muddies the waters about the rules of engagement between pipeline companies, protesters, and the RCMP.
Douglas Channel Watch worries Bill C-51 could mean that Unist’ot’en members and supporters could be subject to be arrest and detention without charge.
The group is calling for all parties to work toward a non-confrontational resolution to the issue and for pipeline firms to find another route if their projects are unacceptable to the Unist’ot’en.