A number of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have accused the BC government of divide and conquer tactics as the province inks natural gas pipeline agreements in Wet’suwet’en territory.
The chiefs say they are putting the provincial and federal governments on notice that they are the proper rights and title holder over Wet’suwet’en land, not band councils.
In a letter to both BC and Canada, the chiefs say both governments have a moral and legal obligation to consult, engage, and obtain free, prior, and informed consent from traditional governance leadership.
The document comes in the wake of two natural gas pipeline agreements signed by the Moricetown Band last month and others reached earlier.
The hereditary chiefs named in the letter say they have not consented to LNG-related development on Wet’suwet’en lands.