VICTORIA— New Democrat spokesperson for aboriginal relations and reconciliation, Scott Fraser, and Doug Donaldson, MLA for Stikine, released the following statement on the ongoing situation at the Unist’ot’en camp:
“B.C. New Democrats have been closely monitoring the developing situation at the Unist’ot’en camp and are calling for a peaceful resolution. Aboriginal rights and title must be recognized and respected as events at the camp unfold.
“To date, the B.C. Liberal government has been silent on this significant issue. The Unist’ot’en camp is located in Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad’s constituency, and British Columbians expect him to show leadership by engaging in respectful dialogue with those involved and bring calm to the situation. The government must work collaboratively with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary leadership to find a peaceful resolution.
“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and maintain contact with First Nation title holders as the situation develops.”