Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs arrive in Kahnawake for historic meeting

Traditional chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation arrived in Kahnawake, Que. on Saturday to meet with traditional Iroquois leaders and the leadership of Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.

The hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en have been touring Mohawk communities in eastern Canada, where rail blockades have been set up in solidarity with their cause.

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose the Coastal GasLink project that would carry natural gas to the B.C. coast through their territory, though others in the community support the pipeline.

Nationwide protests and blockades followed a move by RCMP to enforce a court injunction this month against the hereditary chiefs and their supporters, who had been obstructing an access road to a Coastal GasLink work site.

Traditional leaders and band council leaders do not usually sit together in a longhouse, but with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs visiting, they’ve changed the rules.

Traditional leaders from as far as Onondaga, Awkesasme and Six Nations have come to attend the meeting. Dozens of people surrounded a fire for the solemn ceremony.

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