I am not well versed in the solitary protest that has been going on since February 7th. The demonstration is to go against the pipeline that would run from Dawson Creek, Northern B.C., to the west coast.


Twenty, first nations had came to an agreement with Coastal GasLink, the hereditary chief of the Wet’suwet’en will not permit the construction to take place.

Supporters of the chief have risen in Ontario, halting the VIA rail service from Montreal to Toronto and Ottawa to Toronto.

I personally had to do more investigation

Late 2018, there was a disagreement over who has the right to make decisions about energy projects on traditional Indigenous territories.

December 14, 2018, the Supreme Court of British Columbia issued an injunction ordering Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and supporters to cease denying Coastal Gasline to their territory.

Under the term of the Indian Act, chief and council have jurisdiction only over lands on reserve, not on the entirety of the traditional territory. The hereditary chief argues that proper information and their rights had not been honoured.

January 7, 2019 RCMP tore down barricades and arrested 14 demonstrators.

Days of negotiation, the hereditary chiefs and RCMP came to an agreement. Tsayu Clan Chief Namoks called “soft access” to the territory. The hereditary chiefs have made it clear that their understanding is with the RCMP; it is not an agreement with CGL to allow pipeline advancement.

A year later, the Supreme Court’s issued another injunction. The RCMP stabilized an entry control point, which protestors have resisted — a request for a meeting with the Premier and the chiefs.

Mid-December 2019 CGL went to the Supreme Court wanting a permanent injunction the defendants said they have not been given enough time to prepare a proper defence. The judge had agreed to a temporary injunction; it will stay in place until April. This allows CGL time to carry out reconstruction work. CGL does not have plans on being back to the area until June 2021, giving time to take the matter back to court.

If CGL wins the case, they will have the right to continue with their project without any interference. If they should lose, CGL has claimed the project is dead.

Great now, I understand the whole pipeline project, but I am still confused as to why are the VIA rails being affected?

VIA rail cancellations are tied to an Ontario rail protest in solidarity with the disagreement of a pipeline being built through Wet’suwet’en territory in northern B.C. A rally at the CN Rail line near Wyman’s Road along the Tyendinaga Mohawk territory started last Thursday afternoon and continued to Saturday afternoon. Ontario protesters protested in solidarity with the disagreement of a natural gas pipeline being built, is based where a road intersects with tracks about 20 kilometres east of Belleville and 60 kilometres west of Kingston.

To be honest, I still feel like I am missing information.

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