SMITHERS — Hereditary chiefs of the Wetsuweten First Nation say they’ve reached a deal with RCMP to allow a natural gas company access across a bridge that had been blocked in their territory.

The agreement was reached Thursday at the Office of the Wet’suwet’en, a day after the chiefs announced a tentative deal would see members of the First Nation observe a court injunction by allowing Coastal GasLink workers and contractors access to a work site where a natural gas pipeline is planned.

The chiefs said the meeting was expected to discuss a Unist’ot’en healing camp, which they wanted left undisturbed.

They also wanted to discuss whether the camp could retain a gate at the site, which residents say is vital to their safety.

President of Coastal GasLink pipeline Rick Gateman, left, and director of environment, land and indigenous relations Jeff Burke, centre, look on as they await a meeting with RCMP members and hereditary chiefs to discuss ways of ending the pipeline impasse on Wet’suwet’en land during meetings at the office of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in Smithers, B.C., on Thursday, January 10, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito ORG XMIT: CAH402

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President of Coastal GasLink pipeline Rick Gateman (left) and director of environment, land and indigenous relations Jeff Burke, centre, look on as they await a meeting with RCMP members and hereditary chiefs to discuss ways of ending the pipeline impasse on Wet’suwet’en land during meetings at the office of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in Smithers on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

The RCMP arrested 14 people on Monday when they enforced the injunction.

They also dismantled a nearby checkpoint erected by members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, who say the company does not have authority to work on …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun – Business

      

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