On Monday, Premier John Horgan said the $6.6-billion pipeline is vital to the region's economic future and will be built despite the Wet'suwet'en chiefs' objections, adding that the courts have ruled in favour of the project.
Coastal GasLink president David Pfeiffer says in a letter Tuesday to Na'moks, who leads one of five clans of the Wet'suwet'en Nation, that the company's preference is to resolve the dispute over the pipeline through meaningful dialogue. "All permits are in place for this project to continue".
The association, the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, B.C. Government and Service Employees' Union and a law professor at the University of British Columbia were scheduled to hold a news conference Wednesday about the complaints.
The builder, Coastal GasLink, has contracts with elected councils from 20 First Nations along the route, including Wet'suwet'en First Nation.
He suggested Friday as a date to meet and thanked the chiefs for their support in helping the company winterize its worker accommodation site.
They already occupy two other camps along the road.
A B.C. Supreme Court judge extended an injunction against Wet'suwet'en members and anti-pipeline supporters on December 31.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip said it's time to stop relying on "low level" injunctions and RCMP enforcement, and make room for broader consideration of Indigenous rights.
Coastal GasLink posted the injunction order last week giving opponents 72 hours to clear the way to its work site.
While the RCMP did not respond to a request for comment, the release noted that police emphasized that the "primary concerns for the RCMP are public and officer safety" after officers on patrol last week found bags of gasoline-soaked rags, kindling and bottles containing fuels among stacks of tires along the forestry service road.
This was in spite of an earlier RCMP pledge that "the admitted persons generally include all hereditary and elected chiefs, elected and other government officials, journalists with accreditation from recognized media and persons who supply food, medication or other supplies or goods necessary for welfare Provide services and the security of the people behind the blockades".
The RCMP said Wednesday it has not created an exclusion zone, areas enacted when police are enforcing civil injunctions.
The hereditary chiefs point to the 1997 Delgamuukw' decision in the Supreme Court of Canada recognizing the existence of Aboriginal title, however, the judge who granted the injunction says in her decision that the Wet'suwet'en title claim has never been resolved through litigation or negotiation.
Indigenous business leaders and B.C. politicians are gathering in Vancouver on Tuesday to discuss the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
The Horgan government passed a law late previous year to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It mandates the government to bring provincial laws and policies into harmony with the declaration's aims of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.
The United Nations declaration states that indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination, which means that they can determine their political status and pursue economic, social and cultural development.
Shell Canada Ltd.is overseeing construction of the LNG Canada project while Calgary-based pipeline giant TC Energy Corp.is building the Coastal GasLink pipeline, which is jointly owned by Alberta Investment Management Corp. and New York-based private equity giant KKR & Co. Inc.
"Our document, our legislation, our declaration are forward-looking", he said. "Free, prior, and informed consent is not an enhanced consultation process, and states can not ignore the decisions made by Indigenous people through their own systems of governance and decision making that they have freely chosen for themselves". "We believe that this opens opportunities not only for the indigenous people, but for all British Colombians".