Can Canada's Conservatives resist temptation to try to sabotage the accord with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chief - 2020-03-02
It will be interesting to see how the Conservative Opposition in Ottawa and Alberta's Conservative government react to yesterday's announcement the federal and British Columbia governments have reached an accord with the Wet'suwet'en First Nation that would recognize its system of hereditary governance.
Participants said the agreement reached yesterday in Smithers, B.C., after three days of meetings among federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett, B.C. Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser and Wet'suwet'en hereditary Chief Woos, Frank Alec, offers a tentative way forward toward resolving the thorny problem of land claims on unceded First Nations territory in British Columbia.
It should be evident even to those of us who know little of the complexities of Crown-Indigenous relations there is plenty that can still go wrong. The details of the agreement have not yet been made public pending approval by Wet'suwet'en members, nor does the deal resolve the dispute over the $6.6-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline, the proximate cause of the blockades that have convulsed Canadian politics through most of February.