Letter: First Nations supporters of pipeline could act as mediators in protest

Writer suggests way to facilitate talks between protesters and police

The RCMP has been tasked with enforcing the laws of the land, but they need help – a lot of help.

From what I understand, the majority of the First Nations people who are actually affected by the Coastal GasLink pipeline are in favour of the construction because of the short and long-term economic benefits.

Read more: VIDEO: Six arrested as RCMP enforce injunction at Wet’suwet’en anti-pipeline camps

Read more: B.C. hereditary chiefs ban Coastal GasLink from Wet’suwet’en lands

Why then aren’t pro-pipeline First Nations spokespersons acting as facilitators and mediators between the police and the Wet’suwet’en protesters?

It is disconcerting to see so much animosity and mayhem. It’s always easier to start a fight than it is to end one.

Lloyd Atkins

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