Dogwood News This Week: would they really arrest him?

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Last week a Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief was threatened with arrest on a public road, along with a lawyer and reporter. A Dogwood staffer was also there and witnessed everything.

They were trying to monitor pipeline construction after a series of environmental violations by Coastal GasLink. What is the company trying to hide?

Dinï Ze' Na'moks planned to walk up a service road on Wet'suwet'en territory. A Coastal GasLink security guard, reading from a script, warned the chief he would be handcuffed if he crossed an arbitrary line on the road, 2 km from construction.

Coastal GasLink has a B.C. court injunction against anyone trying to interfere with construction, but that... has always allowed for monitoring by the Wet’suwet’en chiefs. On Friday, that changed. Coastal GasLink now claims anyone approaching this site is subject to arrest.

Aboriginal rights lawyer Kris Statnyk asked the security guards to call police so Na'moks could hear the RCMP's interpretation of the injunction. Would they indeed arrest a hereditary chief on his own territory?

That's when C-IRG Sergeant Jason Charney (notorious for his conduct at Fairy Creek and other conflicts) emerged from Coastal GasLink's drill site. But he would not speak with Na'moks, instead huddling with CGL security, then driving away.

Matt Simmons, a reporter for the Narwhal, asked CGL security if he could follow Na'moks up the Marten road, he was told he would be arrested too. This is an attack on press freedom and the public's right to know.

Strangely, at a different site, Na'moks, Statnyk and Simmons were able to observe pipeline construction from a public forest service road. This is near Lamprey Creek. Is there something CGL doesn't want the public to see at the Wedzin Kwa river crossing?

After being illegally barred from his people's territory, Na'moks returned home to learn his fellow hereditary chief Madeek had passed away. Madeek was a staunch defender of Wet'suwet'en lands, laws and people.

Read our Twitter thread detailing this story with photos.
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