If the only information you had about the Wet'suwet'en pipeline blockade was what’s spoon fed to the public by the mainstream media, you’d think there was some sort of totalitarian police state action happening in Northern British Columbia, with RCMP storming in to snatch up unsuspecting First Nations people and holding them as political prisoners.
And right leaning media can be just as histrionic and wrong as left leaning media.
Case in point: my beloved Edmonton Sun. The paper tweeted:
“Watch: Edmontonians rally in support of Wet’suwet’en First Nation. On Monday RCMP breached a checkpoint created on unceded Wet’suwet’en First Nation territory and arrested 14 people.”
"Breached"? That’s a strange way to say “took three weeks to enforce a Supreme Court of BC injunction against an illegal checkpoint.”
Today, I’ll strip away the anti-police spin and rhetoric to tell you what’s really happening at the blockade against Coastal Gas Link’s $6B pipeline, led by the unelected hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation.
The barriers are blocking nearly $40 billion in economic development, much of which would end up in the hands of the 20 First Nations bands along the pipeline route who have approved the project, including the democratically elected band council of Wet'suwet'en First Nation.
It’s anti-democratic. The voters of the Wet'suwet'en, who elected their band council fair and square, are being disenfranchised by the paternalistic actions of the hereditary chiefs, helped along by their radical environmental left-wing enablers.
The voters of Wet’suwet’en have already determined their leaders and their own future.
If the Left truly cares about the autonomy of First Nations people, then they need to thank the police for enforcing that court order, not berate them.