Wet'suwet'en chiefs Adam Gagnon, Namox and Kloumkhun stand against the pipeline and tankers.
According to sources, Chief Na’Mox, mostly famously known for being a stalwart opponent of the Coastal GasLink pipeline along his fellow chiefs, is in some hot water. The Wet’suwet’en chief allegedly came onto the residence of a Hazelton woman recently and shot her dog while intoxicated, which later died on the way to a clinic.
Police subsequently arrived after being called and entered the chief's home, where he was arrested and his guns were seized by police. Viewpoint from the North claims it does not know if these guns were properly stored or if Risdale had the proper licensing to have them.
Local residents are now debating over social media whether Ridsdale remains fit to serve as a hereditary chief, with dissent rising even among his former supporters.
Viewpoint from the North reports that although a potlatch or public meeting would be held for a public discussion , COVID restrictions have made this impossible. Conversely, an emergency meeting was held over Zoom between concerned citizens in private last night.
Three female hereditary chiefs who supported the pipeline project and opposed Na'mox, had tried to form a coalition that would bring the Office of the Wet’suwet’en and elected band councils together, before being stripped of their hereditary chief titles for their efforts. Those titles were then given to male members who oppose the pipeline. Critics have stated that Chief Na'mox was the "mastermind and primary driver" behind this move.