You count the First nations people walking behind John Ridsdale, and where are the other 12 Herditary chiefs? They marched Smithers Main Street and held speeches for the already converted to hear and cheer.
The vast majority of the people that showed up are the local Eco-obstructionists and aboriginals coming from as far as Hazelton to show their support to John. The Eco-contingent is made up of non aboriginals and was tiny compared to previous anti pipeline protests.
You count, do a head count first of the aboriginal contingent, then the Eco-colonialist (pipeline protesters) we do not need to fudge the numbers to show the real Wet’suwet’en people actually support the pipeline. The First nations contingent is about the size of their office staff employees.
Consider there are close to 4000 Wet’suwet’en, and I ask you to count them, just pause the video as they go by, my count was somewhere around 18 adults and many of them were Gitxsan and not Wet’suwet’en. (Note even front-line protestor also not even a Wet’suwet’en, Molly Wickham on the drums)
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Look at the expensive winter wear Molly is wearing compared to the rest of the people. How is it she can afford to own pricey firs and others can’t? Where does she get the money from to dress so lavishly ?
If that is the case, why is their the feeling that the government is ready to capitulate to them. All we are seeing is the government running away. Most people I talk to in the valley are angry at this small group and their efforts to make everyone unemployed, but the lack of resolve from municipal, provincial and federal governments has them worried. If this project gets shut down (which I think Horgan would like to do), I wonder how many hundreds of millions of dollars that CGL will be able to sue for?