Last week as Indigenous blockades shut down railways, ports, and major roads, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemed to have something else on his mind.
He was busy travelling to African and Middle East countries to try to win Canada a seat on the UN Security Council.
Tomorrow, he was scheduled to resume this effort in the Caribbean.
But this afternoon, the prime minister indicated that he'll make time instead to address these direct actions by supporters of Indigenous land rights.
"Tomorrow morning, I'll convene an Incident Response Group meeting with with @MarcMillerVM, @Carolyn_Bennett, @MarcGarneau, @BillBlair, @cafreeland, @pablorodriguez & @Bill_Morneau to address infrastructure disruptions across the country & discuss the path forward," Trudeau tweeted. "Details to follow."
The names he listed are all federal cabinet ministers from Ontario and Quebec. There's not a B.C. minister on the list, even though the infrastructure disruptions have resulted from the B.C. government's decision to approve the Coastal GasLink pipeline over the objections of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs.
Social activist Harsha Walia responded with this message over Twitter: "How about you and Premier Horgan set up emergency nation to nation meeting with the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs which they have been calling on for months?!? Worried about infrastructure? Respect Indigenous jurisdiction. Blockades won't succumb to your state intimidation."