Kent McNeil: Arresting Indigenous Protesters Is Not the Way to Reconciliation

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The arrest last week of 14 pipeline protesters raises serious issues about the role of courts and police in disputes over Indigenous land. The protesters were participating in a blockade of an access road to the Coastal GasLink pipeline project near Houston, B.C. In December, Coastal obtained an interim injunction from the B.C. Supreme Court ordering the protesters to remove the blockades. When the protesters refused and negotiations failed, the RCMP moved in and made the arrests for alleged violation of the injunction.

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The Province