The View From Here

By Volodymyr Kish

Indigenous Affairs

Canada has been experiencing some significant discomfort these past few weeks as a result of protests and blockades of railways lines primarily by Canada’s indigenous first nations seeking to stop the construction of a pipeline through the lands of the Wetʼsuwetʼen Nation in British Columbia. These have managed to shut down most of Canada’s rail network causing considerable negative economic impact. Although court injunctions have been issued against the protestors, the various police forces involved have been reluctant to forcibly remove the protestors, fearing further escalation and damage to ongoing efforts at reconciliation between the various levels of governments in Canada and its indigenous peoples.

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