On Thursday, Canada confirmed that the RCMP will officially be leaving the Wet’suwet’en site in British Columbia.
Public Safety Minister Bill Blair spoke to Canadian reporters on Parliament Hill, revealing that RCMP will leave Wet’suwet’en territory and move to the nearby town of Houston.
Blair said that the decision is in the best interest of “peace-keeping.”
The announcement comes after thousands of Canadians stood in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people over the past two weeks, protesting the Coastal GasLink pipeline that will cut through Indigenous territory by occupying major roads, railways, ports and government buildings.
Hereditary chiefs from the Wet’suwet’en territory have staunchly refused to meet with federal and provincial ministers until the RCMP move out of the area.
Trudeau has been adamant that he will not force an end to the railway blockades or take forceful action against any of the Wet’suwet’en protests.
Blair called the RCMP’s decision to leave the B.C. site a “sound operational decision.”