There is information circulating online that the Manitoba RCMP will be arresting the Chief and Council of Tataskweyak Cree Nation tonight in relation to the demonstrations at the Keeyask Power Generating Station and on PR 280 near Tataskweyak Cree Nation. This is untrue.
The Manitoba RCMP is working very closely with Manitoba Hydro, the Chief and Council of the Tataskweyak Cree Nation, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. We are engaging avenues of mediation, consultation and dialogue in an attempt to find a resolution to the ongoing demonstrations.
As part of the consultation process, the Chief and Council of the Tataskweyak Cree Nation have been advised that the RCMP will be serving the community members at the blockades an Injunction Order this evening.
Manitoba Hydro sought the injunction and it was granted by the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench on May 18, 2020.
In these injunction decisions, the Court gives the Order, and then the police determine how to implement the Court's direction within a reasonable time. The RCMP has worked with Chief and Council to ensure that the serving of the Injunction Order is done in a respectful manner that is culturally sensitive.
The community members at the blockades have a lawful right to protest and companies have a lawful right to complete their mandated work.
The RCMP is working hard to protect both of these rights and ensure all parties and public are kept safe. The RCMP will continue to work with all stakeholders and provide assistance as necessary in maintaining peace and keeping everyone safe.