Closing submissions to come in trial of three Tiny House Warriors charged after crashing high-level Trans Mountain meeting

THW arguments coming up

Lawyers are expected to meet Thursday to set a date for closing submissions in the trial of three Tiny House Warriors accused of crashing a high-level 2018 meeting between First Nations leaders and Trans Mountain executives.

Nicole Manuel, Chantel Manuel and Isha Jules, members of the Tiny House Warriors protest group, are facing charges of mischief, causing a disturbance and assault stemming from altercations with security and police outside the meeting.

The three are accused of intentionally spilling red paint on the campus of Thompson Rivers University on Dec. 10, 2018, then storming or attempting to storm the private meeting, which was taking place inside TRU’s Grand Hall. Assaults are alleged to have taken place during physical altercations involving the accused and security personnel, some of whom were police.

The week-long trial took place in late May in front of Kamloops provincial court Judge Stella Frame.

According to the Crown, only Jules made it inside the meeting. There, he is accused of breaking a microphone and throwing a paint-soaked scarf at a First Nations chief.

Each of the three were then arrested.

Present at the meeting were federal politicians, regional First Nations leaders, representatives from Trans Mountain and Natural Resources Canada and former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci.

The Tiny House Warriors are an Indigenous protest group opposed to the Trans Mountain pipeline and other large-scale projects. A number of Kamloops-area First Nations have in the past distanced themselves from the group.

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