A letter of support for the Unist’ot’en camp has been sent to the provincial and federal governments, as well as the RCMP.
The letter denounces what they fear is an impending large scale RCMP operation to arrest those at the Unist’ot’en camp.
The camp was set up in 2009 to block further development of LNG pipelines.
In 2015, the Unist’ot’ten Declaration was released, affirming their governance of their territory, and that any government or industry activity must have their permission.
Freda Huson is the spokesperson for the Unist’ot’en.
She says the RCMP tried to set up a protocol agreement allowing pipeline workers to do their work, but they refused to sign.
The support letter states the RCMP have made a number of visits to the Unist’ot’en and other First Nation leaders.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs questions why the police seem so eager to provoke a conflict.
Huson says the police told the Unist’ot’en leadership that they don’t need an injunction to clear them from a public road, and that they can be arrested along with those at the camp.
According to Huson, Coastal Gaslink is behind the increased police presence.
Huson says the province continues to issue permits, despite the Unist’to’en having already said no.
She says she doesn’t know what they’ll do yet if the police do come in and attempt to remove people from the camp.
But she says they are a peaceful group, and whatever happens will be well-documented.