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Indigenous services minister offers to meet with protesters if they end blockade along CN tracks – CBC

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says the ‘safety of all involved is of utmost importance’

Feb 13, 2020

B.C. Premier John Horgan and federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller signalled Thursday they’re willing to arrange meetings with the Indigenous groups behind a week of protests that have blocked passenger and freight rail traffic.

In a letter to Gitxsan national hereditary chief Norman Stephens, Horgan said he or a member of his cabinet would meet with him and the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs on the condition that they end an ongoing rail blockade that has halted traffic in and out of the Port of Prince Rupert. The B.C. government later said that it would be represented at the meeting by Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser.

The chiefs and their supporters launched the blockade to halt construction of the planned Coastal GasLink pipeline, which will move natural gas through the traditional territory of the West’suwt’en to a massive export terminal near Kitmat, B.C.

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