It has been three weeks since talks between hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline and the government of British Columbia broke down.
Early the next morning, RCMP moved in making various arrests at camps in Wet’suwet’en territory.
Protests, blockades, occupations and demonstrations in solidarity with the Hereditary Chiefs followed almost immediately.
APTN InFocus discussed the arrests, the media coverage, the racism, government reaction, and the broader issues.
We were joined by Molly Wickham, the spokesperson for Gidimt’en Access Point; Ellis Ross, the Liberal MLA for Skeena in B.C. and a former Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation; Dan David, a Mohawk journalist who was the first news director of APTN News; Sharlene Gale, the Chief of Fort Nelson First Nation in British Columbia; and Brett Forester, a reporter for APTN News.