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Blockade near Chase comes down after letter to PM from CP Rail

Rail blockade comes down

A rail blockade that was set up near Chase on Thursday has been removed after Canadian Pacific issued a letter calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to personally meet with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs.

A group called Secwépemc Sacred Fire began the blockade Thursday morning and agreed to stand down that evening, after CP Rail CEO Keith Creel penned a letter to the prime minister.

"CP supports the Wet'suwet'en in its request for dialogue with the prime minister. I call on you to engage immediately in a direct dialogue with the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs," reads the letter.

Miranda Dick, a spokesperson for Secwépemc Sacred Fire, says their lawyers were negotiating with CP for about two hours last night on the logistics of the letter. The finalized message was approved about 8:30 p.m. 

"CP has acted honourably through direct and respectful engagement with our Indigenous partners. We fully understand their frustration and we support their desire for a quick resolution," continues the letter from Creel.

Dick notes they still stand in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en First Nation and wasn't willing to disclose whether there would be more blockades if the situation continues.



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