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Province, Wet’suwet’en hereditary leadership to hold meetings regarding pipeline

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have agreed to seven days of talks with the province in an effort to de-escalate the ongoing conflict surrounding the Coastal Gas Link project.

“The hereditary chiefs maintain their commitment to peace and will pursue all avenues available to achieve a peaceful resolution,” reads a statement issued by the Office of the Wet’suwet’en. “The Hereditary Chiefs reiterate their mission: We are proud, progressive Wet’suwet’en dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our culture, traditions and territories; working as one for the betterment of all. “

The premier’s office has welcomed the announcement.

“This Wiggus/Respect Table is an opportunity for all parties to work in good faith towards de-escalation, and we view this announcement as a positive sign that all involved are determined to find a peaceful resolution,” reads a statement from the premier’s office.

Last week Premier John Horgan dispatched Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation to meet with the Wet’suwet’en, but those talks didn’t get very far. Horgan also appointed former Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen as a liaison.

“Nathan is well respected in the region, by indigenous and non-indigenous people alike,” Horgan said Wednesday. 

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