Activists marched in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chiefs in Downtown Vancouver on Saturday in support of a camp near Smithers, built in protest to an LNG pipeline in northern B.C.
The anti-LNG protest began in Victory Square at Hastings and Cambie streets and continued east. Hundreds of people took to the streets in support, holding signs reading “wake up”, “Transmountain no Secwépemc consent” and “defend indigenous sovereignty.”
The Facebook event page suggested more than 700 people were in attendance.
A member of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, Helen Tommy, called on the community to “stand with us.”
“As my people up North protect and occupy our homelands they are under attack for protecting our water, land and people,” she wrote on Facebook.
“Stand with us as we need our voices heard and our drums held high!
Supporters of the unistoten making their way east on hastings. @CoastalGasLink @JustinTrudeau, the world is watching!!#unistoten #WetsuwetenStrong #waterislife #NOPIPELINES #theWorldIsWatching #TheTimeisNow #Gitumden pic.twitter.com/6JKK4XuyaS— ｋｅｖｏｒｋｉａｎ_ｒｏｃｋｗｅｌｌ (@deadnessdarling) January 12, 2019
There was heavy traffic in the area, with standstills at East Hastings and Main streets.
TransLink alerted commuters that it detoured the 95 B-Line away from the march.
The protest was expected to end around 4.30pm.