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‘A foot on both sides of the line’: Q&A with Indigenous MLA Adam Olsen on Wet’suwet’en conflict – The Narwhal

by ahnationtalk on February 26, 202059 Views

Passing through a solidarity blockade to enter the B.C. legislature was ‘devastating’ for Olsen who says even now he refuses to give up on the power of reconciliation

Feb. 11 was the hardest day yet as MLA for interim B.C. Green Party leader Adam Olsen, or SȾHENEP.

In a solidarity action to support the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline crossing their traditional territory, hundreds of people blocked the doors to the legislature for a planned speech from the throne that would open B.C.’s new parliamentary session.

Olsen, a citizen of the W̱SÁNEĆ (Saanich) Nation and member of the Tsartlip First Nation, was escorted through the crowd by members of the police as people shouted at him to ‘stand with Indigenous people.’

In an interview with The Narwhal, Olsen said he looked out at the crowd and thought, ‘I am.’

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