CANNABIS CULTURE – On Tuesday January 8, thousands of people gathered in the streets of Vancouver to demonstrate communal opposition to actions taken by the RCMP, Superior Courts and Federal Government imposing pipelines on unceded First Nations land. The group, mobilized in support of Wet’suwet’en Nation “Land protectors,” marched from the BC Supreme Court to Victory Square Park without incident. Organizers said the movement is in response to heavy-handed tactics taken by the RCMP and injustice perpetrated by government and courts who continue to repress the Wet’suwet’en Nations right
to protect their traditional lands and waterways from the Coastal Gaslink pipeline project.
In December 2018, the BC Supreme Court issued a temporary injunction allowing Coastal Gaslink access to the Wet’suwet’en land to continue work on a pipeline through their unceded territory. On Monday January 7, 2019, the RCMP, under order of the provincial government and Coastal Gaslink, overtook and attempted to dismantle the Gidimt’en blockade, one of two road blockades located 120km southwest of Smithers BC, on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory. During this invasion, 14 residents of the camp were arrested, and many more elders, women, and children were forcibly removed from their land.