A group supporting the Wet’sewet’en land protectors set up with signs at the southbound entrance to Highway 19 Monday, Feb. 10. Photo by Mike Chouinard

A group supporting the Wet’sewet’en land protectors set up with signs at the southbound entrance to Highway 19 Monday, Feb. 10. Photo by Mike Chouinard

K’òmoks First Nation not involved in highway blockage: Chief Rempel

Chief Rempel releases statement after pipeline-related protest snarls highway exit near Courtenay

The K’òmoks First Nation had no involvement in the recent Highway 19 blockage at Exit 117.

Chief Nicole Rempel has released a statement clarifying that the blockage was not a KFN action.

“The K’omoks First Nation would like to publicly state that the protest/blockade on the Inland Island Highway on February 10th, 2020 was not a K’omoks First Nation event,” Rempel said in a prepared statement. “K’omoks First Nation was never contacted or advised of this event, and we are disappointed that our name was unknowingly used.

“This event was organized by non-indigenous Comox Valley residents who aren’t connected to our territory in the same way as K’omoks, and in no way represent K’omoks or our values. It is saddening to see the racist comments in social media aimed at our community when K’omoks was not involved.”

The Comox Valley Record has reached out to Rempel for further comment.

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A group supporting the Wet’sewet’en land protectors set up with signs at the southbound entrance to Highway 19 Monday, Feb. 10. Photo by Mike Chouinard

A group supporting the Wet’sewet’en land protectors set up with signs at the southbound entrance to Highway 19 Monday, Feb. 10. Photo by Mike Chouinard