More support is being shown for the Wet’suwet’en opposition to a pipeline.
A group met in front of the old Target location in Campbell River’s Discovery Harbour Shopping Centre today and marched along the foreshore.
They’re continuing efforts in bringing awareness to the issues happening in northern British Columbia.
Council of Canadians member Richard Hagensen says “we’re here to support the Wet’suwet’en who have been protecting their territory against the LNG pipeline. Their territorial rights have been ignored. We feel that we’re in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en and the local First Nations.”
He adds that he’s seen a lot of negativity surfacing online as well.
“On Facebook, there’s been some ugly comments made. Very racist, hateful comments against First Nations that are standing up for their rights. It’s really unearthed some of the racism that’s below the surface. It’s been pretty disturbing for ourselves and First Nations themselves to read those comments and realize that some people hold those attitudes.”
Today’s march follows multiple Wet’suwet’en solidarity protests.
This past Monday, a blockade was formed by protesters on part of the Inland Island Highway at Exit 117.
Protesters then gathered in front of North Island MLA and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena’s office Wednesday morning.