The hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have finalized a deal with the RCMP over an anti-pipeline protest.
Last week, RCMP raided one of two blockades that were keeping Coastal GasLink workers away from their site. A second blockade was removed late last week.
Under the terms of the agreement formalized Monday the blockade will stay down and the police presence in that remote area near Houston will be scaled back.
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On Thursday, hereditary chiefs struck a deal with the RCMP to abide by an interim court injunction by not blocking access to the work site.
Chief Na’Moks said they made the temporary agreement to protect Wet’suwet’en members, some of whom were already traumatized after another checkpoint was dismantled and 14 people were arrested on Monday.
The Unist’ot’en is a house group within the five clans that make up the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.
— With files from The Canadian Press