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Niagara Indigenous community to rally against pipeline –

Demonstration to show support for Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia

Indigenous groups from across the region are gathering in Niagara Falls Sunday to show solidarity with members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia.

The demonstration has been organized to draw attention to what the organizers are calling “Canada’s false commitments to reconciliation” in the wake of arrests of members who are protesting the construction of the already-approved Coastal GasLink pipeline. While 20 elected band councils have approved the pipeline construction, chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en have claimed the pipeline can’t proceed through unceded traditional territory without their consent.

Tensions flared in recent weeks after the company building the natural gas pipeline, TC Energy, obtained an injunction against any construction blockades from B.C.’s top court. The 670-km pipeline would carry liquefied natural gas from northeastern B.C. to a port in Kitimat, where a conglomerate of companies is building a $40-billion export terminal.

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