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Canada police prepared to shoot Indigenous activists, documents show
Unfortunately, as a result of the unsubstantiated, incomplete and inflammatory nature of the article published in the Guardian last week, relationships between the RCMP and all stakeholders that have been years in the making, have been damaged and now require rebuilding.
• This article was amended on 30 December 2019. An earlier version described “lethal overwatch” as “a term for deploying snipers”. To clarify, it describes the deployment of an officer who is prepared to use lethal force, who may or may not be positioned as a sniper. An earlier version also included the quote “sterilizing the site” from an RCMP record. The word “the” does not actually appear in the record.
. . . the RCMP has entered into a criminal investigation under Section 247 of the Criminal Code for Traps Likely to Cause Bodily Harm
Mounties say the checkpoint is at the 27-kilometre mark of the Morice West Forest Service Road that leads to the Coastal GasLink project.
It says the purpose of the checkpoint is to mitigate safety concerns related to fallen trees and tire piles with incendiary fluids along the roadway.
RCMP have set up an “exclusion zone” at 27km and are blocking media, Wet’suwet’en people, and food from getting up to our territory.
This is a violation of our human rights, Wet’suwet’en law, and our constitutionally protected rights as Indigenous people.
Last time RCMP set up an “exclusion zone,” they had authorized lethal force against unarmed people.
. . . the RCMP should not be allowed to stop journalists from witnessing their actions.
I'm really looking forward to fighting a war against you people in the VERY near future. You punks want all of the benefits and privileges that come from being Canadian while accepting none of the responsibilities. It's coming, get ready, sunshine.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also asked about the ongoing tensions . . .
“I think right now it is a provincial government engagement with them that is happening as it is appropriate. It’s a provincial project and provincial processes. But of course, the federal government will continue to engage.”
A Canadian First Nations chief is slamming a recent directive from a United Nations anti-racism committee after the organization called for the shutdown of an Indigenous-backed pipeline only to later admit that it did not seek Aboriginal views toward the project.
But in an interview with Reuters published Thursday, CERD chair Noureddine Amir admitted that the committee did not study First Nations views toward the project, saying he “did not know” that most communities supported it.
“I did not know that most First Nations agree on that,” he told Reuters. “This is something new that comes to my understanding.” He further said he did not seek out further information on the project because the role of the committee does not involve investigative work.
UN racism committee calls for halt to Trans Mountain, Coastal GasLink pipelines and Site C dam over treatment of First Nations
Haisla Nation Chief Crystal Smith, whose community has signed a community benefit agreement with Coastal, told the National Post, “I frankly find it condescending to the work the 20 nations have done in the past six or seven years to get the project to where it is today.”
originally posted by: Metallicus
Can’t Canada just throw money at this problem and make it go away? Regardless, if I had a house in the way of the pipeline the government would have forced me to move a long time ago. There is no reason some human beings should have special rights based on ethnicity.