Federal agency monitors First Nations' and environmental protests in B.C. - 2014-09-24
First Nations leaders are both alarmed and confused by their organizations' names appearing in a record of hundreds of peaceful protests monitored by the federal government.
"It really calls to question the notion of democracy and freedom of speech," said Gwaans (Beverley Clifton Percival), a member of the Git-xsan First Nation. "I'm curious as to how they generate such lists."
According to the document, Git-xsan members held a rally in Hazelton, in northwestern B.C., on October 4, 2013. The event's "sponsor" was the Gitxsan Treaty Society, a negotiating body for which Clifton Percival is the spokesperson. The agency reporting to Ottawa was the RCMP.