Protest held in uptown Waterloo to support Wet'suwet'en First Nation

Campers prepare for RCMP at Gidimt'en gate on Morice West Forest Service Road | Sawyer Bogdan My Bulkley Lakes Now

Campers prepare for RCMP at Gidimt'en gate on Morice West Forest Service Road | Sawyer Bogdan My Bulkley Lakes Now

Mounties say the arrests took place at the Gitdumt'en checkpoint and that 14 people were taken into custody.

Police say a temporary exclusion zone is now in place along the remote road and will be consistently re-assessed.

"We would like to clarify that both of these allegations are incorrect", the statement says.

In a statement, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor-General Mike Farnworth said any enforcement action taken by the RCMP is an operational matter and at arm's length from the provincial government. Indigenous people were ripped from their homes by militarized police.

The 670-kilometre pipeline would connect to LNG Canada's $40 billion natural gas operation in Kitimat and an interim injunction was granted by the B.C. Supreme Court last month to stop protesters from blocking access to it.

The order gave demonstrators 72 hours to clear out and give access. A full list of all North American and worldwide actions, including those in Europe, is available on Facebook.

Demonstrators in Vancouver also gathered in front of Justice Minister Jody Raybould-Wilson's office on West Broadway.

Other events are being planned for as far away as NY, and even Italy, according to social media.

Shelagh Bell-Irving attended the protest in support of the First Nation blockade.

TransCanada has said it is not asking for the camp to be dismantled, only for access to the pipeline route. "We haven't had positive experiences with RCMP and police forces".

"Do we want to violate the United Nations declaration on indigenous rights or do we want to uphold it?" "This is just like every experience with colonization up to date".

"We are bound by the rule of law in this country", he said.

The chiefs have been given until noon to arrive at the RCMP roadblock.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, the longtime president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, a group that advocates for indigenous rights, said the Wet'suwet'en case could shape how energy and land rights issues are talked about heading into federal elections scheduled for October.

While Phillip appreciates the situation is a hard one to navigate, he has stressed that "force is not the solution".

"We wanted to show that even though the Unist'ot'en and Gidimt'en are from separate clans, all the chiefs have been opposed to pipelines in our territories for years and years and years", she said.

The company says it has signed agreements with all First Nations along the route, but demonstrators argue Wet'suwet'en house chiefs, who are hereditary rather than elected, have not given consent.

"Where's our human rights?"

The Wet'suwet'en land defenders are doing nothing wrong.

The RCMP moved in to enforce that injunction Monday morning.

"We did expect some to show up but the forces that they used, the unbelievable numbers that they used, the tactics that they used, were actually something we did not expect as peaceful people". I mean, it's betrayal, it's greed, it's corruption, it's obscene.

In response to claims the RCMP is simply enforcing a court-ordered injunction, Huson also points to moments in history. "They don't want dialogue", he said.

Huson calls the court process "unjust", and claims the First Nation didn't have enough time to review the hundreds of pages of documents submitted by the Coastal GasLink.

New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen, who represents the area, said the protest he witnessed on Monday was "determined" but "peaceful".

The federal NDP's reconciliation critic says the justification used for the RCMP's intervention is "pretty lame" in an era of supposed reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

"I think it's my job, I'm the Member of Parliament for this area and there's a very large project proposed", he says.

Protest in Toronto in support of #Unistoten and #wetsuweten against @TransCanada pipeline in BC.

"We are now preparing for a protracted struggle", the protesters said in a statement before facing the RCMP. "As nations, we know when to stand for each other".

Dozens of rallies are planned in British Columbia, across Canada and as far away as Europe to support pipeline protesters arrested in northwestern B.C.

Meantime, a fundraiser has been launched to help people at the camps buy supplies.

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