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In support of Wet'suwet'en

I was on the bus headed toward Portage and Main for the round dance in support of the people in Wet'suwet'en who are actively opposing the construction of a pipeline through their traditional territory. 

The bus driver made an announcement after we all heard over the radio that due to the blockade of Portage and Main that the bus was going to have to be rerouted. 

For those who don't know, 14 people were arrested at a camp set up by supporters of the Wet'suwet'en band members opposed to the construction of a pipeline through their traditional territory. The blockade was maintained by a group of people despite or perhaps in spite of the Wet'suwet'en elected band council signing an agreement. 

Back to the bus. Right away I could hear the grumblings and the murmurs from many people on the bus who I imagine just wanted to make it home on a wintry January day after a day of work. 

I heard one voice from the packed throng on that bus say, "Why are they always protesting?"

The truth is that not all of the people at the round dance were Indigenous people. Just like not all the people at the Wet'suwet'en blockade were Indigenous either. 

Michael Barkman, at the protest, said. "I am here in solidarity with those folks in British Columbia but also across the country, across Turtle Island, for those who had their Inherent and Indigenous rights violated by colonial governments. As a non-Indigenous white colonial settler person, it's my responsibility to educate other people like me that this is how people protect the land and their values.?"

As I moved through lines of people holding hands and moving through the crowd, because that is a round dance, I heard the bellows of people on bullhorns making calls and responses with the crowd about their opposition to pipeline projects. 

I saw one young man holding a sign. 

Jonny Meikle said, "I am here to support people who suffered the indignities that I witnessed on social media. It's time we stand in solidarity so our people can be heard."

Originally from Norway House, Meikle joined the military at a time when most would just be graduating high school. 

I could hear some of the people on bullhorns say that they realized that people were being inconvenienced. 

And I know some will question why inconvenience other people if you trying to somehow get them to support the position that is being advocated. 

So if there aim was to bring people over to their side then it was not successful. 

If the goal was to raise awareness, then...

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