Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have agreed to enter a discussion with the Province of British Columbia, for a period of seven days, in an effort to de-escalate the ongoing conflict surrounding the Coastal GasLink project.
In a statement released today (Jan. 30), Wet’suwet’en Chiefs say the discussion table will be known as ‘Wiggus’, the Wet’suwet’en word for respect.
“In the landmark Supreme Court Decision of Delgamuukw Gisday’wa Wiggus it was defined as “respect for all living-beings, starting with oneself,” reads the statement.
“The Hereditary Chiefs maintain their commitment to peace and will pursue all avenues available to achieve a peaceful resolution.”
The statement is signed by Chief Madeek, Chief Gisday’wa, Chief Woos, Chief Hagwilnegh, Chief Tsa’ghots, Chief Na’Moks, Chief Lay’oh, and Chief Kloum Khun.
“We are proud, progressive Wet’suwet’en dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of our culture, traditions and territories; working as one for the betterment of all.”
The province says it welcomes the announcement by the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs that they will join the Province of B.C. at a Wiggus/Respect Table.
"This Wiggus/Respect Table is an opportunity for all parties to work in good faith towards de-escalation, and we view this announcement as a positive sign that all involved are determined to find a peaceful resolution."