In the middle of rush hour, Thursday morning, about fifty people blocked an exit of Autoroute 720 in downtown Montreal, in solidarity with indigenous Wet’suwet’en people struggling against the construction of a pipeline on their unceded territory. Barricades were lit on fire at the corner of St-Marc and René-Levesque in order to block car traffic. A #WetsuwetenStrong banner was hung from highway signage to express solidarity with indigenous sovereignties.
This action takes place in the context of events organized in support of the Wet’suwet’en who have been resisting the destruction of their territory for over ten years. In Montreal and across Canada, many actions respond to the call for solidarity made by the Wet’suwet’en in response to the RCMP action preventing access to their territory on January 13th.