RCMP members gather at a Wet’suwet’en checkpoint after representatives from Coastal GasLink and contractors make their way through an exclusion zone at the 27 kilometre marker towards the Unist’ot’en camp to remove barriers on a bridge over the Morice River, southwest of Houston, B.C., on Jan. 11, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

RCMP takes down exclusion zone on road to Unist’ot’en camp

The temporary exclusion zone on the Morice West Forest Service Road which blocked access to the media and public has been removed as of 3:15 p.m Friday, the RCMP said in a press release.

“Members of the public and media are now able to re-enter and travel on the road. The RCMP will continue their patrol of the corridor to ensure everyone’s safety,” read the release from District Advisory NCO Cpl. Madonna Saunderson.

The zone was set up earlier in the week southwest of Houston, British Columbia along the road leading to the Unist’ot’en camp farther south, where members of the Wet’suwet’en nation built a blockade barring access to LNG Canada pipeline workers.

In an earlier release today, the RCMP said it received reports from social media that a “Tripod structure” was put in the middle of the road and blocking access and that it had ceremonial significance.

The police force consulted and confirmed with the hereditary chief and Freda Huson that the structure was not ceremonial and that they wanted it be removed.

The incidents come hours after several work trucks passed through a police roadblock on their way to the Unist’ot’en camp to take down barriers that blocked workers from constructing a natural gas pipeline that runs through Wet’suwet’en territory.

READ MORE: Police and Indigenous blockades going up, work to begin again on B.C. pipeline

A deal was reached on Thursday between the RCMP and hereditary chiefs under which they agreed to follow the court injunction and not block access to the work site.

Fourteen people were arrested on Monday when the RCMP enforced the injunction and took down the Gitdumden checkpoint.

Just Posted

Giesbrecht pleads not guilty in judge-only murder trial

Burns Lake resident Albert Giesbrecht has pleaded not guilty to the charge… Continue reading

B.C. chiefs show solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs

Chiefs from around B.C. outside the Coastal GasLink pipeline route in Smithers show support.

Houston youth turns himself in after arrest warrant issued for failing to appear in court

The youth is expected to plead guilty or not guilty in January

Village bids to bring in new immigrant entrepreneurs

Burns Lake is stepping up to try and bring new Canadian entrepreneurial… Continue reading

Bylaw change might allow cannabis harvesting in village

Burns Lake residents will soon be able to voice their thoughts on… Continue reading

VIDEO: U.S. Congress to probe whether Trump told lawyer Cohen to lie

At issue is a BuzzFeed News report that about negotiations over a Moscow real estate project

Rookie Demko backstops Canucks to 4-3 win over Sabres

Young Vancouver goalie makes 36 saves to turn away Buffalo

Charges upgraded against mother of murdered B.C. girl

Kerryann Lewis now faces first- rather than second-degree murder in the death of Aaliyah Rosa.

UPDATE: Injured firefighter in stable condition

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Arrest made after historic B.C. church hit by arson

The fire at the 150-year-old Murray United Church in Merritt was considered a possible hate crime

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

RECALL: Salmon Village maple salmon nuggets

Customers warned not to eat product due to possible Listeria contamination

Most Read