B.C. First Nations leader arrested at Kinder Morgan protest site

VANCOUVER – A B.C. First Nations leader has been arrested at the Kinder Morgan protest site on Burnaby Mountain today.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs crossed the police line and was taken away by police.

Before he was arrested he addressed a crowd of people that had gathered near the site of borehole number two, as work at the first site has now been completed.

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Phillip is now one of more than 100 people who have been arrested since the protests began.

“My first priority is as a grandfather,” said Phillip before he crossed the line. “I will be arrested.”

“It’s not the 1st time I’ve been arrested. We all have a responsibility to protect the land.”

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Kinder Morgan is in court today to ask the judge for an extension to their injunction to keep the protesters away from the work site. The move could allow work to continue on the proposed Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion until Dec. 12.

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