A recent lawsuit put forward by TransCanada subsidiary Coastal GasLink, could be in violation of Indigenous Title Rights.
An injunction for a civil lawsuit was served to the Unist’ot’en camp on November 26th which claims they are blocking access to GasLink’s proposed project site.
The Unist’ot’en camp is a gathering of land defenders authorized by the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs to protect the land and pursue their right to self-determination.
Coastal GasLink is seeking a permanent injunction, as well as financial compensation, saying the Unist’ot’en are “occupying, obstructing, blocking, physically impeding or delaying access” to their site.
According to the camp, the claims are in violation of Article 8 of the UN’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which allows states to have mechanisms in place to prevent any action which seeks to dispose Indigenous peoples from their lands.