A demonstration met the streets of downtown Montreal today, February 25, starting at 4 p.m. It began at Square Victoria where people marched in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en people of British Columbia, who are resisting the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through their traditional lands.
A description of the march explains that it was a "demonstration in support of Indigenous communities facing interventions throughout so-called Canada."
In this same description, it reminds us that "under Wet'suwet'en ('Anuc niwh'it'en) law, each Wet'suwet'en clan has complete jurisdiction over their territory. The five clans are unanimous. The pipeline projects will not go through: no consent has been given."
The protesters walked the streets chanting quotes such as "how do you spell racist? RCMP" and "no police on stolen native land."
The signs that the solidarity walkers held included sayings like "RCMP off Wet’suwet’en land," "Pas de pipeline en territoire Wet’suwet’en" (no pipeline on Wet’suwet’en territory), and "Reconciliation was never alive."
And these words are the exact reason why people marched Montreal's streets, among other Canadian cities' streets, today.
Make sure to watch the video of the protest at the top of this article.
Below are photos from the demonstration.
Police cars followed the march closely.
This was handed out during the demonstration explaining the history of the situation.
More information to come.
This story was made possible with contributions from MTL Blog reporter Teddy Elliot.