MP Murray Rankin shares concerns about ongoing situation at the Wet’suwet’en blockade in Northern BC

MP Murray Rankin shares concerns about ongoing situation at the Wet’suwet’en blockade in Northern BC

VICTORIA – Member of Parliament for Victoria Murray Rankin expressed serious concerns today regarding the Wet’suwet’sen blockade in Northern British Columbia.

“The federal NDP is calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to engage immediately with the Wet’suwet’sen and demonstrate his commitment to real and meaningful reconciliation,” said MP Rankin. “If Prime Minister Trudeau is serious about his commitments to Indigenous Peoples, he needs to help facilitate a peaceful resolution that respects the rights of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation.”

MP Rankin was pleased to see hundreds of protesters march past his community office on Fort Street this afternoon to show their solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en First Nation.

NDP BC Liaison, MP Nathan Cullen, has been working hard to facilitate peaceful dialogue. He visited the site yesterday and was able to secure the passage of a number of Wet'suwet'en chiefs through the RCMP blockade to the Gidimt’en camp. MP Cullen has been in direct contact with the Wet’suwet’sen hereditary leadership, the RCMP, the government of British Columbia and TransCanada.

“Last year, the House of Commons passed NDP MP Romeo Saganash’s motion to enshrine the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into Canadian law – a vote supported by the Prime Minister. The Wet’suwet’en have been diligent in their commitment to peaceful protest. We absolutely must respect their rights,” said MP Rankin.

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For more information, please contact:
Krystal Thomson: 250-363-3600 or murray.rankin.c1@parl.gc.ca