Ministers optimistic as talks with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs enter 3rd day

Senior government ministers say they remain optimistic talks with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs will break an impasse over a pipeline dispute that has sparked widespread protests and transport disruptions.

Federal Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett and British Columbia Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser said the discussions are complex but are progressing respectfully.

In a news conference Saturday, Bennett said the fact that the conversations are continuing is “a very good sign.”

“We remain optimistic that we will be able to find a conclusion that’s really good for the Wet’suwet’en Nation,” she said.

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