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Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser was in Smithers Thursday, meeting First Nations leaders in hopes of clearing one of the remaining obstacles to a $40-billion LNG project.
The obstacle is the Unist’ot’en . . .
. . . the Unist'ot'en clan of the Wet’suwet’en nation have literally built a strategy to keep three proposed oil and gas pipelines from crossing their land. Concerned about the environmental damage a leak could cause on land they've never given up, they've constructed a protection camp to block pipeline companies.
Over the past seven years allies have helped us to establish a permanent camp with bunkhouses, a dining hall and cabins to house everyone who comes here to protect our rivers. An unusual amount of rain last fall damaged roads that we use to patrol the land and created two small canyons that are likely to flood the camp during snow melt this spring.