Wet'suwet'en chiefs return home after national tour of Indigenous nations

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposed to a natural gas pipeline under construction in northern British Columbia have concluded an 18-day tour across Canada aimed at building solidarity with other Indigenous groups over shared concerns about land ownership and consent to development.

The Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline project is a $6.6-billion, 670-kilometre pipeline that will deliver natural gas from the Dawson Creek area in northern B.C. to a liquefaction facility in Kitimat. It’s part of a $40-billion LNG Canada project.

The province and all 20 elected First Nations councils along the route, including Wet’suwet’en elected council, approved the construction, but Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say the project needed their consent too.

They point out Wet’suwet’en law predates colonization and the creation of the Indian Act, which

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