Friday, February 28, 2020

Canadian rail blockades continue: Protesters watch as Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs set to meet with feds

This video in Canada shows protesters starting fires on the railroad and jumping away from nearby moving trains. A new group of protesters who set up camp at Tyendinaga in Ontario, with a fire being set by the tracks as a train went by and a car set ablaze on Wednesday, are watching intently as Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs are planning and expected to meet with federal ministers on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Many people are hoping the meeting may mark a turning point for the protests in solidarity with hereditary chiefs over the Coastal GasLink pipeline in B.C. Rail blockades appeared in various parts across the country over the past few weeks. This means that commuter rails and the transportation of resources slowed down.

Some protesters were also seen Wednesday standing on the rails while a train came towards them. They jumped away from the train in the last few seconds. It is dangerous behavior. The previous blockade at Tyendinaga was removed earlier this week. That allowed trains to move on the rails, as usual.

Read more details here:

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say meeting with feds back on after ‘miscommunication’ -

Wet’suwet’en matriarchs get long-awaited seats at table with hereditary chiefs, ministers -

Rise in anti-Indigenous racism and violence seen in wake of Wet'suwet'en protests -

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs meet with ministers -

Nationwide disruptions – such as the co-opted Wet’suwet’en protests – cannot be consequence-free -

Wet’suwet’en supporters should stop distorting law to promote protest agenda -

'Canada is broken,' say majority of Canadians in poll taken in wake of rail blockades -

Chris Selley: Many questions remain about the railway blockades and Canadians deserve credible answers -

Office of Wet'suwet'en -

The Wetʼsuwetʼen are a First Nations people who live on the Bulkley River and around Burns Lake, Broman Lake, and François Lake in the northwestern Central Interior of British Columbia. The name they call themselves, Wetʼsuwetʼen, means "People of the Wa Dzun Kwuh River (Bulkley River)".

The Wetʼsuwetʼen are a branch of the Dakelh or Carrier people, and in combination with the Babine people have been referred to as the Western Carrier. They speak Witsuwitʼen, a dialect of the Babine-Witsuwitʼen language which, like its sister language Carrier, is a member of the Athabaskan family.


  1. (The following is from the website of the Chiefs)

    BC & Canada abruptly cancel talks with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs

    (WET'SUWET'EN TERRITORY - SMITHERS, BC) February 26, 2020.
    The Hereditary Chiefs graciously invited Federal and Provincial governments to enter into talks and they abruptly declined. Our willingness and invitation remain open to BC and Canada.

    We thank our supporters for their tireless dedication and respectfully ask for
    their continued support.
    In accordance to our Inuk Nu’at’en (our laws), the Wet’suwet’en cannot speak on other nation’s behalf.,_2020_Press_Release.pdf

    (Office of Wet'suwet'en -

  2. It sure is dangerous to jump close to moving trains. Various people accidentally got killed by trains in the past. Some were even filming a movie for profit on the tracks and died by accident. They thought the tracks were closed for filming, but trains hit.