The RCMP released a statement following the raid saying they tried their best to resolve the matter through negotiations prior to enforcement, but it didn’t work.
“The situation was challenging – the protestors reaction to the police ranged from passive resistance to active resistance to actual assaultive behavior. Also present were fires nearby which caused significant concerns over the safety of protestors, media and the police at the scene. 14 protesters were arrested and others left the area without any further interactions with police.”
According to police, the protestors have already been released, and they had a dialogue with all impacted parties. The discussion with Hereditary Chiefs resulted in an agreement between the RCMP and the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs.
The RCMP’s statement further says the agreement allowed for access by the company across the Morice River Bridge by the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre. As well, the ability for the temporary exclusion zone to be removed, and a framework for the continued police presence in the area moving forward.