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Indigenous Activists in Canada Block Construction of Major Pipeline

HeadlineDec 04, 2018

And in Canada, indigenous activists have been physically blocking the construction of the largest fracking project in the country’s history. Members of the Unist’ot’en Clan stopped TransCanada Corporation workers from entering their territory on November 20. The land, on the western coast of Canada is in the path of the planned $4.7 billion Coastal GasLink pipeline. Last week, TransCanada applied for an injunction against the indigenous community in an attempt to gain access to the land. This is Freda Huson, a spokesperson for the camp.

Freda Huson: “The project is going to impact our waters, our salmon, our berries, our medicines. And everything that is our critical infrastructure is at risk. … If the court grants them that injunction, that gives the police the right to try and come in and do a raid and take us down, which would—they would try to take us out of our own home, which we haven’t committed no crime. We’re just living on our land. … We’ve never ceded or surrendered our land. We’ve never lost it through treaty or any other means. And we’ve never given up our decision-making power to any outside entities.”

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