Indigenous pipeline protesters take over B.C. park, displace campers
Protesters have moved into North Thompson River Provincial Park in an effort to block the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. (Facebook/Kanahus Manuel)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, July 12, 2018 7:48AM PDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 12, 2018 9:49AM PDT
CLEARWATER, B.C. - An Indigenous group calling itself the Tiny House Warriors has moved into the North Thompson River Provincial Park near Clearwater, B.C., in an effort to block the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
Group spokeswoman Kanahus Manuel says they are reclaiming an ancestral village their people were forced from many years ago, while at the same trying to prevent the expansion of the pipeline through their traditional territory.
Manuel says they have moved into the site and will be building tiny houses on the land in an action that has the approval of the hereditary chiefs of the Secwepemc First Nation.
She says Indigenous land defenders within the group will resist the construction of the pipeline through their territory.
A statement from the provincial Ministry of Environment says BC Parks is maintaining the closure of the area while efforts are made to respectfully resolve the situation and it is offering refunds to those who have booked campsites.
The ministry says it recognizes the right to engage in peaceful protest, however it also recognizes that people, who simply want a camping experience are being inconvenienced.