British Columbia

Keith Baldrey
Demonstrators show support in downtown Vancouver for protesters arrested in 2018 at a Coastal GasLink project blockade. File photo: Rob Kruyt
 January 6, 2020
A pipeline protest is once again putting the BC NDP government in a political pickle.

The energy project in question is the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline that will connect to the LNG Canada terminal in Kitimat.

First Nations Leaders
 Wet'suwet'en Stand
Things are happening fast as the Wet'suwet'en make a historic stand! We're doing our best to keep you up to date with all the latest developments and calls to action so you can stand with them. #WetsuwetenStrong
  1. Read Today's Powerful Press Statement From all 5 Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs
Laura Kane
FILE: Pipe for the Trans Mountain pipeline are unloaded in Edson, Alta. on June 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Jan 6, 2020

The committee says the projects proceeded without free, prior and informed consent of impacted Indigenous groups
The right to "free, prior and informed consent" to resource projects is part of the UNDRIP


VANCOUVER — A United Nations committee working to end racism is urging Canada to immediately stop the construction of three major resource projects until it obtains approval from affected First Nations.

Amanda Follett Hosgood
The Gidimt’en camp is located south of Smithers in northern British Columbia. Photo by Michael Toledano.

05 Jan 2020

‘It’s unnerving that might be our reality again.’

One year after a police raid in northern British Columbia attracted international attention, tensions between Wet’suwet’en land defenders and Coastal GasLink are rising once again.

Hina Alam
A checkpoint is seen at a bridge leading to the Unist'ot'en camp on a remote logging road near Houston, B.C., on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019. File photo by The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck

January 1st 2020


The British Columbia Supreme Court has granted Coastal GasLink an interlocutory injunction against members of a First Nation and others who oppose the company's natural gas pipeline.

The company is building a pipeline from northeastern B.C. to LNG Canada's export terminal in Kitimat on the coast.

Coastal GasLink says it has signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nations councils along the 670-kilometres route but hereditary chiefs in the Wet'suwet'en First Nation say the project has no authority without their consent.

Charlie Smith
The spokesperson for the Unist'ot'en, Freda Huson, was one of the defendants in Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd.'s injunction application. CARLITO PABLO

 December 31st, 2019

A company building a $6.6-billion, 670-kilometre pipeline across B.C. says it "will continue efforts to engage with any affected groups to ensure public safety while our field crews continue to progress [with] their critical activities".

Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. issued the statement after B.C. Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Church extended an injunction on December 31 until the project is completed.

Jaskiran Dhillon and Will Parrish
 First Nations drummers play during a rally in support of pipeline protesters in northern British Columbia earlier this year. Photograph: Canadian Press/Rex/Shutterstock

A Guardian report revealed an RCMP strategy document calling for ‘lethal overwatch’ in a January raid

Indigenous people across Canada, and members of the Canadian parliament, have expressed outrage following revelations by the Guardian that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police prepared for the possible use of lethal force against Indigenous land defenders in northern British Columbia earlier this year.

Anne Watson
Activist, climber and musician Terry Christenson. Photo by Lane Dorsey

December 23rd 2019

The day Terry Christenson jumped the Trans Mountain work site security fence he wore a camera on his head. As the camera scanned the leaves on the ground, Christenson announced in a crisp voice, “This is Tango Charlie for the Coast Salish People.”

Margaret McGregor and Larry Barzelai
Many of us living in urban centres in southern B.C. are blissfully unaware of how much fracking is taking place in the northeastern part of the province. DAVID MCNEW / GETTY IMAGES FILES
December 20, 2019

Process releases methane and polluting and carcinogenic chemicals into the atmosphere.

It’s a long weekend and we’re returning from the Gulf Islands on the new B.C. ferry, the Salish Eagle. Along the inside corridor on the main floor, we come face to face with a large mural created by FortisBC extolling the virtues of the natural gas that powers the boat we are on.


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