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Carolyn Bennett calls the meetings with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs "truly important"

BY , Feb 27, 2020 10:28 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and her B.C. counterpart Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser have arrived in Smithers for afternoon meetings with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs.

In a Twitter message posted before she left Vancouver this morning, Bennett called the meeting "truly important", and after she reached Smithers she said the talks will "reaffirm" the interest of senior levels of government in speaking with the Wet'suwet'en about title and rights.

Fraser says he's pleased further talks have been arranged with chiefs opposed to the Coastal GasLink pipeline through their territories and says he is focused on finding a peaceful path forward.

Discussions are scheduled to continue tomorrow.

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