COVID-19 clamps down on Wet’suwet’en all-clans meeting

(Gidimt’en checkpoint 20 km down the road from the Unist’ot’en Camp. APTN file)

The Covid-19 pandemic has delayed the all-clans meeting for Wet’suwet’en members in northern B.C.

The proposed rights and title agreement with their hereditary chiefs, federal and provincial governments, will be on hold until a way is found for members to meet safely.

At the Wet’suwet’en camps they have put in precautionary protocols for COVID-19.

In Witset, the largest Wet’suwet’en community, only band members from that community are allowed in. It is located half an hour away from Smithers.

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No date is confirmed for the vote on the proposed agreement by all members.

Gidimt’en media co-ordinator Jennifer Wickham gave an update.

“There was a death in the community, and then there was a restriction put on how many people could gather at once. We weren’t able to have our final meeting to make a decision as a clan, and there hasn’t been any notice yet that we are going to be planning another meeting.”

Video Journalist / Kitimat Village, B.C.

Lee is a video journalist with APTN News, who shoots, reports and edits stories out of northern British Columbia. As a member of the Haisla Nation, Lee is proud to call Kitimat Village home again after living on Vancouver Island for 18 years. He has a passion for storytelling and looks forward to sharing stories through the lens of First Nations people.