Canada’s indigenous peoples read out racist social media posts amid protests against a proposed natural gas pipeline.
Indigenous peoples of Canada have reported a rise in racist attacks as tensions grow over the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline, that would run through indigenous land.
In this video, some of them read out racist social media posts targeting indigenous protesters.
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“They are messing with our country’s economy,” says one of the social media posts. “I don’t care what their background is. Run them over.”
Wet’suwet’en and First Nations hereditary chiefs are fighting to stop construction of the pipeline on their traditional territories in British Columbia. Demonstrations and infrastructure blockades have been taking place nationwide in support of the indigenous group.
The blockades have resulted in approximately 1,500 temporary job layoffs, backed up ports and delayed the delivery of essential goods to Canada’s eastern provinces.