The Union of BC Indian Chiefs has issued an open letter supporting the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their stance against the Dakota Access Pipeline.
The letter is addressed to Chairman Dave Archambault of the Standing Rock Reservation, and says the UBCIC will stand in solidarity with them and provide practical support if requested.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the UBCIC supports the Standing Rock tribe because of the immediate threat climate change poses.
He points to fossil fuels as the cause for dramatic climate events such as wildfires, droughts, floods, and record temperatures.
Grand Chief Phillip says the overwhelming police response to the Standing Rock Tribe is reminiscent of what happened at Wounded Knee.
Yesterday, protesters were reportedly shot with rubber bullets and tear gassed
He says Canadian First Nations have had the same experience with police responses as well.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and its supporters say the pipeline is a threat to drinking water and that construction could disturb sacred sites.
The letter can be found here.