“From the outset of the negotiations, a comprehensive, inclusive and transparent engagement process will help the parties work together to reach a final agreement on the confirmation and implementation of the rights and title of `Wet`suwet`en,”” she said. The RCMP moved to the nearby city of Houston, B.C last week after the hereditary chiefs of Wet`suwet`en said they would not meet with government officials to discuss their concerns about the pipeline unless the mounties and pipelines left their territory. Coastal GasLink, however, confirmed that work on the pipeline in the disputed area near Houston, B.C. will resume on Monday, as planned so far. SMITHERS, B.C. — Hereditary leaders and representatives of federal and provincial governments are expected to sign an agreement today that politicians say will restore relations after protests and blockades against pipelines earlier this year. Fraser said negotiations with hereditary chiefs will include talks with elected leaders, neighboring indigenous nations, local governments and others who have an interest in what`s going on. He said the agreement solved the governance problems of wet`suwet`s. Now that a proposed agreement has been reached, after three days of discussions in Smithers, B.C. between hereditary chiefs and the high-level ministers of the Federal Federation and the B.C. Governments, the RCMP and the company are back and are working again in the region. READ ALSO: Pipeline supporters say their message is not being heard Wet`suwet`en`s heirs have pointed to Delgamuukw`s decision as proof that they have exclusive rights and title over their non-reserve, traditional lands, and that the province has violated indigenous law by allowing the pipeline.
Chief Heir Dini`ze Woos said in a statement that the agreement began with the development of a better understanding and stronger relationship between Wet`suwet`s, Canada and B.C. Fraser said that the Coastal GasLink pipeline, which is at the centre of the dispute, was already approved and underway, but that discussions had contributed to the development of a protocol to address such projects. Woos said hereditary chiefs were still opposed to the pipeline. A hereditary chief and high-ranking government ministers say they have secured a proposed agreement for the recognition of land rights introduced more than 20 years ago in a Supreme Court decision. Bennett said that with the verdict to be dealt with in the new agreement, it could lead to an entirely new consultation process on future energy infrastructure projects, which would ensure respect and cooperation on all parties. Twenty elected First Nation Councils along the Coastal GasLink Pipeline Route, including five groups within the wet`suwet`es nation, have signed contracts with the company. However, the chiefs point out that these councils have only a say in their reservations under the Indian Act.