Noora Shirazi / Staff reporter
Society are going back to the times where non-indigenous people are telling indigenous people what to do.
Pipelines have been a viral issue for some time now, and the blockades have had paralyzed much of the country’s rail traffic for weeks. These blockades have already cost more than $60 million and laid off more than 500 workers.
Elected chiefs have all agreed to build and run the pipelines, but still, the blockades in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, are blocking train rails which some of them are passenger trains.
Police on Monday February 24 arrested protesters and cleared a rail blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory near Belleville in Ontario.
Arrested 14 people beginning late Monday night on February 24, near New Hazelton, B.C., the line that was obstructed early February, stopping trains in and out of the port of Prince Rupert.
Six people were also arrested on Tuesday February 25 after refusing to abide by a B.C. Supreme court order while blocking the main entrance to the Port Vancouver.
Based on the Charter of rights and freedoms of Canada, our rights and Freedoms are guaranteed, but there are limitations on them. There are limitations on to what extend can an individual have their rights and freedoms or to enforce them on other people.
Lets say, if someone goes and parks their car right on a train rail here in Vancouver, They will be arrested for trespassing without a second thought, so what was different about this blockades? Why did it take such a long time? Why did they need a warrant to arrest them? Weren’t they causing harm to other people with these blockades?
Canada has already given them freedom and human rights but right now it’s not just about them, It’s about million other people’s jobs.
Indigenous people didn’t have democratic rights or federal franchise before 1960s. It was basically non-indigenous people deciding for them and we are going back to that time.