Dramatic footage has just been released showing the violent raid by Canadian federal police on the afternoon of 19 November on an encampment set up by members of the Wet’suwet’en indigenous people to prevent the Coastal GasLink pipeline from passing through their sovereign territory.
Fifteen people in total were arrested, including two journalists. The land defender and matriarch of the Gidimt’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Sleydo’ people – also known as Molly Wickham – has now been released.
We broadcast excerpts from new footage shot by documentary filmmaker Michael Toledano, who has also just been released. The crackdown ended a 56-day blockade of the drilling site. The construction of the more than 640 km pipeline within Wet’suwet’en territory violates both Wet’suwet’en and Canadian laws.