Since the very outset of this situation, the federal government has been engaging directly with premiers and Indigenous leaders to work together on a peaceful and lasting resolution. As part of this effort, last night Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with premiers in a call with the Council of the Federation to discuss the disruptions to infrastructure across the country caused by blockades, and their very real impacts on Canadian farmers, businesses, families, and workers.
Prime Minister Trudeau highlighted that the country needs the railroad system to be fully functional and that they are looking at our options to resolve the current interruptions given the impact on Canada’s economy.
On the conference call, Prime Minister Trudeau spoke with the Premiers about the importance of ending the blockades as quickly as possible and reaching a peaceful and lasting resolution, in a way that builds trust and respect among all parties involved. To that effect, the Prime Minister highlighted the close collaboration between his government and the BC government on this complex issue.
Prime Minister Trudeau noted the RCMP’s offer to withdraw its operations from Wet’suwet’en territory, and the ongoing offer made by Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett to meet with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs to address both urgent and longer-term issues, following the Prime Minister’s letter to them.
Trudeau stressed the importance of all levels of government working together with the Indigenous leaders across the country to resolve this situation as soon as possible. His Government’s priority is to resolve the blockades peacefully and to protect the rule of law in the country.