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Indigenous youth and allies re-occupy B.C. Legislature steps overnight in spite of injunction – The Martlet

Group plans to stay until Premier John Horgan meets with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

The B.C. Legislative building was awash with red on the evening of Feb. 24 as about 400 Indigenous youth and allies returned to the steps of the B.C. Legislature, in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline. A red spotlight was cast on to the front of the legislature and red fabric was draped over lamp posts and railings, to bring attention to the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

This comes nearly two weeks after the group’s previous six-day occupation of the legislature ended.

On Feb. 11, around 1000 Indigenous youth and allies blockaded all entrances to the legislature ahead of the Speech to the Throne. Due to the blockade, the first sitting of the spring session was cancelled, four minor injuries were reported, and many MLAs, staff, and media were temporarily prevented from entering. The scheduled ceremony for the Lieutenant Governor was cancelled, and she was forced to sneak in through an alternative entrance instead.

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