RCMP arrest Indigenous pipeline protester at provincial park near Kamloops, B.C.


A still from a video on a Facebook page belonging to Kanahus Manuel shows her being handcuffed and taken away by RCMP officers. (Kanahus Manuel/Facebook)

Facebook video shot at scene shows RCMP officers detaining a woman protesting Trans Mountain pipeline

The protesters are members of the Secwepemc First Nation who call themselves the “Tiny House Warriors.” The group has been occupying a site in the provincial park located north of Kamloops, B.C., since last week in protest against the Trans Mountain pipeline project.

Manuel said the group is asserting their right to area, which she calls “unceded, unsurrendered, Secwepemc territory.” The group has brought in three tiny houses which were built over the past 10 months and Manuel said their plan is to place these and others into the pipeline’s construction path.

On Thursday, Manuel tweeted the eviction notice her group had received from B.C. Parks.

Dawn Roberts with the B.C. RCMP says officers went to North Thompson Provincial Park to meet with the protesters and discuss the eviction notice, which Roberts says was successful after Manuel’s arrest.

Snutetkwe Manuel says her sister has been charged with mischief after the group refused to leave the park, although Roberts did not confirm that formal charges have been filed.

Roberts added that she did not know precisely why the eviction order was filed by BC Parks.


Posted on July 14, 2018, in Oil & Gas and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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