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Traditional vs. Indian Act: Perry Bellegarde explains where he sits on Wet’suwet’en – APTN News
by ahnationtalk onJanuary 17, 202051 Views
January 16, 2020
The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs don’t just oppose a liquefied natural gas pipeline through their traditional territory because of the environment and climate change.
Even if it looks that way to some.
At the root of it they’re challenging the system that allowed for the approval of Coastal GasLink’s 670-kilometre pipeline in the first place by pitting traditional ways, or laws, against the Indian Act and the chiefs and councils that are borne from the federal legislation.
Not everyone agrees.
It’s clearly created a division in the territory, as all five nations in Wet’suwet’en territory approved the project, as do the remaining 15 nations along its route beginning near Dawson Creek to an export terminal in Kitimat on the B.C. coast.