There are several checkpoints on the way up to the Coastal GasLink worksite in British Columbia. Some of them are managed by TC Energy, but other checkpoints of a very different kind are being managed by the Office of the Wet’suwet’en, a radical group of foreign funded activists. It surprised me to see, when passing over the Morice River Checkpoint, that the Indigenous run operation was not as “Indigenous” as we have been led to believe. Rather, I was met at the checkpoint by the whitest radicals I have ever met.
When I asked if she was Indigenous, wondering why someone so white would be running a checkpoint over a supposedly “sacred” river crossing, she simply shook her head and retreated into the cabin.
Coincidentally, the same thing happened at Kilometer 28, where another makeshift protest camp had been erected. Signs saying “No More Pipelines” and “Unceded Territory” covered the plastic wrapped cabin frames. This time, instead of being greeted by a white Valley Girl, a white, unshaven man came out asking me what I wanted.
The pipeline workers are doing their best to keep the area as pristine as possible. In fact, they tell me they’ll be fired for leaving so much as a gum wrapper on the ground. Compare that to the junkyard known as the protesters’ checkpoint, and you can quickly see who really cares about the environment.