The Wet’suewt’en Nation’s fight against the Coastal GasLink pipeline project moved to Montreal on Thursday, where dozens of protesters gathered outside the headquarters of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC ).
The latter are against RBC’s participation in the gas pipeline project which will cross the ancestral territory of the Wet’suewt’en, in northern British Columbia.
In an impromptu press, the hereditary chief Na’moks of the Wet’suwet’en Nation once again demanded respect for the rights of his people on his territory.
Also present at the rally, Innu activist and well-known media figure in Quebec, Melissa Mollen Dupuis, said she hoped that this mobilization would rekindle the interest of the population in this issue which is currently taking place in British Columbia.
“We must not forget that in 2020, with COVID putting a stop to everything, the mobilization of the Wet’suewt’en was everywhere in the media (Editor’s note: The rail blockades at the time were organized in support to the First Nation), but that does not mean that the problem has ceased with COVID, on the contrary, it is still there,” she explained.
The protest in Montreal is, she says, a reminder to institutions like RBC that the projects they choose to fund have a real impact on respect for human rights. The activist is also sorry to see the Canadian government “wanting to make reconciliation” on the one hand while ignoring this issue.
The demonstration took place calmly at the end of the afternoon, under the surveillance of officers from the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal.
It comes at a pivotal moment in the Nation’s fight against Coastal GasLink, as the United Nations (UN) recently condemned for a third the continuation of work without the agreement of the First Nation and the escalation of the crackdown. policewoman.
In a letter dated April 29, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) of the United Nations High Commissioner also criticizes the attitude of the Canadian government in the management of the conflict.
The Committee specifically calls for “the removal of Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers…from the traditional territory” of the Wet’suewt’en and also demands an investigation into the methods of the RCMP, including the use of excessive force. .