What we know about the deal governments agreed to with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs


Crown-Indigenous Relations minister Carolyn Bennett said the proposed arrangement is about making sure ‘that this never happens again’

After three days of meetings, a deal was struck Sunday between the federal and provincial governments and hereditary chiefs in Wet’suwet’en territory in northern, British Columbia. The terms of the deal are unclear at this point, but all sides indicated it is an important agreement that will address the current impasse and the broader issues at play.

Crown-Indigenous Relations minister Carolyn Bennett said at a news conference in Smithers, B.C, “We, I believe, have come to a proposed arrangement that will also honour the protocols of the Wet’suwet’en people and clans.

“What we’ve worked on this weekend needs to go back to those clans and then we have agreed as ministers that we will come back to sign if it is agreed upon by the nation.”

She said the proposed arrangement is about making sure “that this never happens again, that rights holders will always be at the table.”

Here’s what we know and what we don’t about the deal.

How did we get here?

In late January, RCMP officers moved in on a protest camp that had been blocking a key road and preventing the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline. That pipeline is part of a massive investment in British Columbia aiming to bring natural gas to the coast, liquify it, and then export it to markets in Asia.

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Ryan Tumilty – National Post – March 2, 2020.

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