Member of Parliament for North Island-Powell River expressed serious concerns regarding the Wet’suwet’sen blockade in Northern British Columbia. “I am very concerned with the ongoing situation at the Wet’suwet’en blockade, and disappointed that the Prime Minister is remaining silent” said MP Blaney. “The government does a lot of talk about reconciliation, but that means showing up and doing the tough work, especially in difficult situations”.

My colleague, MP Nathan Cullen, has been working hard to facilitate peaceful dialogue. He visited the site and was able to secure the passage of a number of Wet’suwet’en chiefs through the RCMP blockade to the Gidimt’en camp. He continues to be in direct contact with the Wet’suwet’sen hereditary leadership, the RCMP, the government of British Columbia and TransCanada.

“Last year, the House of Commons passed NDP MP Romeo Saganash’s motion to enshrine the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into Canadian law – a vote supported by the Prime Minister. The Wet’suwet’en have been diligent in their commitment to peaceful protest. We absolutely must respect their rights,” said Blaney.

“If Prime Minister Trudeau is serious about his commitments to Indigenous Peoples, he needs to help facilitate a peaceful resolution that respects the rights of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.” She concluded. “I am calling on the federal government to engage with the Wet’suwet’en and demonstrate Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to real and meaningful reconciliation”.

 

Lucas Schuller

Assistant | Adjoint de Circonscription for, Rachel Blaney, MP | Députée – North Island-Powell River