Fears of an impending RCMP crackdown at the Unist’ot’en camp continue despite a high level meeting.
A statement released by the Unist’ot’en says they and several Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs met with RCMP Superintendent Hilton Smee yesterday.
The issue at hand is that the RCMP consider the Morice Forest Service Road a highway, something the Unist’ot’en disagree with.
The camp also asked the RCMP to inform them before any police action to ensure the safety of children and elders, a request the RCMP said they would need time to consider.
There were concerns that police would be visiting the camp today, and that was relayed over social media raising tensions.
A tweet later clarified that there was a miscommunication, and there is no planned police visit, though the camp remains on high alert according to the latest Twitter message.
The RCMP, in an emailed statement said yesterday’s meeting also included a legal advisor, and two Aboriginal Policing Members.
The police say they re-enforced they’re impartial, and that they have no intention of taking down the camp.