B.C. government agrees to meeting with Wet’sewet’en hereditary chiefs

The B.C. Government has agreed to sit down for a meeting with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs but it won’t be with Premier John Horgan.

In a letter sent on Monday, Horgan wrote that he has asked Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser to meet with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.

“Minister Fraser will be focused on working with you to find a path forward,” Horgan writes.

“I was honoured to visit your territory at your request in 2019, a visit that was carefully planned and months in preparation. I remain committed to the process of reconciliation we undertook on that occasion.”

Five Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs are opposed to the $6.6-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline heading to Kitimat. The chiefs are supported by protesters who have blockaded part of the pipeline route in an attempt to stop construction.

The B.C. Supreme Court issued an interlocutory injunction for the Morice Forest Service Road on Dec. 31 and directed the RCMP to carry out the ruling.

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