Tiny House being brought in at North Thompson River Provincial Park July 11. (KanahusFreedom/Twitter)

Police arrest Indigenous pipeline protester occupying B.C. park

Led by Kanahus Manuel, the Tiny House Warriors moved into park in Clearwater last week

RCMP officers have arrested one Indigenous pipeline protester after a group took over North Thompson River Provincial Park about a week ago, erecting tiny houses along the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion route.

Led by Kanahus Manuel, the Tiny House Warriors moved into the Clearwater park from July 6 to 9 for a tattooing ceremony, closing it down to other campers, according to the Ministry of Environment.

However, Manual and others remained at the park, saying they are occupying it in protest against the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

On Tuesday, wooden houses on truck beds were seen being moved through the park entrance.

READ MORE: First Nation pipeline protesters erect tiny homes in North Thompson River Park

Manuel said at the time they had moved into the site and would be building additional tiny houses on the land – action approved by the hereditary chiefs of the Secwepemc First Nation.

She said Indigenous land defenders within the group will resist the construction of the pipeline through their territory.

In a livestream on Facebook Saturday, RCMP officers were seen near the entrance of the provincial park before placing Manuelin handcuffs.

Snutetkwe Manuel said on Twitter that her twin sister has been charged with mischief after the group refused to leave the park.

B.C. RCMP spokesperson Dawn Roberts said Saturday that to her knowledge no charges had been laid at the time.

A later statement by RCMP said Manuel was released from custody that afternoon on a series of conditions, as well as a promise to appear in court at a later date.

RCMP said additional members of the protest were told they could leave the park on their own or be arrested themselves.

In a statement to Black Press Media Friday, the ministry of public safety said parks staff had attempted to come to a “peaceful resolution” with those occupying the park.

“We understand that people are passionate about this issue,” a ministry spokesperson said. “While we respect people’s right to express themselves peacefully, it is important to do so within the law.”


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