Indigenous supporters of Coastal GasLink say majority of Wet’suwet’en members back project – by Brent Jang (Globe and Mail – June 10, 2019)

Three prominent Indigenous women say a majority of Wet’suwet’en Nation members are in favour of reaping economic benefits from a $6.2-billion pipeline project in British Columbia.

The three women say they feel compelled to speak out after being ostracized by anti-pipeline protesters for supporting TC Energy Corp.’s Coastal GasLink.

Theresa Tait-Day, Darlene Glaim and Gloria George want to give voice to what they consider the silent majority, according to their affidavits, which were filed in B.C. Supreme Court as part of Coastal GasLink’s application to extend an injunction to ensure protesters don’t revive an anti-pipeline blockade.

In 2015, the three women helped co-found the Wet’suwet’en Matrilineal Coalition (WMC) in an effort to encourage members of their community to make informed decisions about contentious issues.

While the natural-gas pipeline project has been approved by all 20 elected First Nation councils along the route, seven male Wet’suwet’en hereditary house chiefs have led a campaign to oppose it.

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