For Immediate Release: Unist’ot’en Camp Meets with RCMP

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On September 1, 2015 Unist’ot’en and several Wet’suwet’en hereditary Chiefs met with the Superintendant Hilton Smee, critical incident commander of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who had requested the meeting, to discuss the police presence on the Morice Road and issues surrounding the Unist’ot’en Camp. The Unist’ot’en have asked Superintendant Smee to provide the Unist’ot’en with notice prior to any planned police action to ensure the safety and security of those individuals present at the Camp, and in particular the children and elders. Superintendent Smee advised that he needed time to consider this proposal and he was asked not to take any action until he gave a response. The RCMP are presently operating under the assumption that the Morice Forest Service Road is a highway. The Unist’ot’en explained why they do not agree with this categorization, based several court decisions. No agreement was reached on this point. The Unist’ot’en continue to exercise their Aboriginal rights and title to their traditional territory, and are hopeful that the RCMP will work with them respectfully and maintain open lines of communication to ensure the safety of all.

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