Wet’suwet’en chief says policing is ‘industry driven’ as documents show raid was rubber stamped by government

Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Na’Moks says it’s “unsettling” to see how easily the B.C. RCMP’s secretive Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG) obtains cash and cops from the provincial government, even in the midst of last year’s historic floods.

It reveals an “industry driven” approach to policing, said Na’Moks, also known as John Ridsdale, in a phone interview. “Clearly it shows who’s directing it, which is industry along with the elected officials.”

He was reacting to newly released documents that show a senior Mountie with the C-IRG pressed public safety officials to hastily greenlight a tactical operation on Wet’suwet’en territory after cataclysmic extreme weather started devastating parts of the province.

“That man-power could’ve been used in the flooding that happened in the lower mainland. That man-power should’ve been used there,” said Na’Moks. “Instead they put taxpayer money out here to protect the pipeline that, to us, is illegal. We’ve evicted them. We’ve never agreed to it.”


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