B.C. Indigenous Affairs Minister Murray Rankin is defending his government’s approach to working with the Wet’suwet’en Nation on land management after RCMP officers were deployed to arrest opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project being built in northwest B.C.
Coastal GasLink has signed agreements with multiple elected band councils along the pipeline route.
But the company has failed to gain approval from the majority of hereditary chiefs within the Wet’suwet’en who, in the landmark Delgamuukw case, were recognized as having authority over the land that predates the establishment of elected band councils created by Canada’s Indian Act.
Still, the provincial government, under the B.C. Liberals, approved the project in 2014 and it continues to be supported by the governing
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