Wet’suwet’en solidarity protest reaches Okanagan; protesters gather on Kelowna overpass

Approximately 30 protesters in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs gathered in Kelowna on Saturday.

Unlike other parts of the nation, where protesters have blocked roads and ports, the ones in Kelowna assembled at noon along a Harvey Avenue overpass.

A spokesperson said Saturday’s gathering was to raise awareness of the protests against the building of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through traditional Indigenous territory.

One participant, Jewel Gillies, told Global News that the rally was “another solidarity action that’s happening all across the nation to continue to raise awareness around what’s happening with the Wet’suwet’en people and their lands.”

Some drivers honked in support as they drove past, while others shouted expletives – all while the assembled protesters joined in unison drum over the words ‘protectors not protesters’ that was written in chalk on the bridge surface.

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