Rally held in downtown Calgary in support of B.C. pipeline protesters

Downtown pipeline protest draws small crowd

The 14 people were arrested for various offences including alleged violations of the injunction order, said police.

Posts from protesters show multiple officers in the area and protesters holding up feathers.

RCMP's E Division said officers spoke with representatives from the camp about removing the obstruction set up along the service road.

RCMP say those arrested are still being processed.

The statement says a temporary exclusion zone has been set up in the area where the police do not allow access to anyone who is not part of the enforcement team. "The area is extremely remote and even police had limited access to communication".

The blockade is one of two major encampments aimed at disrupting TransCanada's Coastal GasLink pipeline project, a proposal that aims to ship natural gas from nearby Dawson Creek through Wet'suwet'en territory to a planned export facility near Kitimat, B.C.

Horgan added that the pipeline project in northern BC has strong support from some First Nations.

The event is scheduled to go from 5:30 p.m.to 7 p.m.

Then, an hour later, a gathering has been planned out front of MP Jody Wilson-Raybould Office, on West Broadway. The company has engaged with all First Nations groups along the project, both hereditary and elected, and also has some hereditary support, said Cunha.

"I feel like we live in an age of reconciliation and questioning what that means, which I think is action", said demonstrator Angela Henderson, who is originally from British Columbia. Construction on the 670-kilometre natural gas pipeline is scheduled to begin this month.

"People have been concerned about their safety, so understandably people were quite concerned and anxious in such a remote location", she explains. "We need to shut down Canada now and let the government know we the people are running the show and not them".

"I've never been in a situation where I've had to come here and stand and see a big opposition happening when we're just peacefully talking, peacefully lending our voices", he said.

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"There will be no reconciliation in Canada unless and until there is a real nation to nation relationship where Canada respects our sovereign jurisdiction and returns a fair portion of our lands and resources back to us", she said.

Police were enforcing a B.C. Supreme Court injunction granted to TransCanada Corp. subsidiary Coastal GasLink.

The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says the continued police presence ignores previous court cases that give Indigenous groups land and title rights to the area.

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

Members of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation had established two camps along the forest service road with fortified checkpoints: Gidimt'en and Unist'ot'en.

The Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs have not made any agreement with the Canadian or British Columbian governments to surrender or permit access to Wet'suwet'en lands for any pipeline corridors or construction activities.

"Where's our human rights?"

RCMP liaisons arrived before 11AM this morning with the injunction on behalf of the company wishing to construct a pipeline through the Wet'suwet'en territory. "We did expect some to show up but the forces that they used, the incredible numbers that they used, the tactics that they used, were actually something we did not expect as peaceful people". "And I am confident that they can do this".

"Forces marching toward gate on Gitumt'en, they are starting to breach, they are armed", said the protesters' Twitter account.

Cpl. Madonna Saunderson would not say how many RCMP officers were involved in the operation. Support for those fighting against the pipeline has grown since the injunction.

"It's about getting out of poverty and finding a way for our people".

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