Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs have resisted the construction of a fracked gas pipeline across their territory since it was first proposed a decade ago. The Coastal GasLink pipeline would allow the expansion of fracked gas production -- even as the climate crisis gets worse.
The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chief's have been recognized by Canada's Supreme Court as having rights on their land that must be upheld, but their clear and consistent refusal to this project has been ignored. Even worse, heavily militarized RCMP officers with machine guns and sniper rifles have violently arrested land defenders, elders, and journalists -- and the violence continues today. Without RBC, Coastal GasLink could not be bulldozing through Wet'swuet'en land without consent. The pipeline is nowhere near finished, but a major – and risky – engineering project is about to start as Coastal GasLink prepares to drill under the sacred and still drinkable river, the Wedzin Kwa.
This conflict is being directly fuelled by Bay Street banks like RBC.
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