Unist’ot’en and the limits of reconciliation in Canada

By Brian Budd, Ph.D Candidate, University of Guelph and Liam Midzain-Gobin, PhD Candidate, Political Science, McMaster University THE CANADIAN PRESS RCMP units armed with assault rifles and tactical gear recently moved to enforce a temporary court injunction issued by the British Columbia Supreme Court against members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Since 2010, members of the Nation’s Unist’ot’en clan have constructed and operated the Unist’ot’en gated checkpoint and action camp located on the Morice River Bridge in northern B.C. The RCMP raids took place at a second checkpoint located on a logging road west of the Unist’ot’en camp operated by the Gidumdt’en clan. The Unist’ot’en camp and the Gidumdt’en checkpoint have been built to block the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline on the Wet’suwet’en Nation’s traditional territories. However, the reoccupation…

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