The Comox Valley Regional District is responding to what it calls ‘community tensions’ in the wake of the blockades on Highway 19.

On Monday, barricades were set up on the highway to show solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline project in Northern B.C.

The CVRD’s statement says “We, the Elected Officials of the Town of Comox, City of Courtenay, Village of Cumberland, and Comox Valley Regional District condemn the hatred fueled by the blockade of the Inland Island Highway on Monday, February 10, 2020.

While we recognize the right to protest under The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms Section 2(c) – Freedom of peaceful assembly, we denounce the actions that ensued.

Intolerance and racism are not acceptable. We call on all members of our community to reject hateful comments and actions on social media and elsewhere.”

If you are aware of specific threats to members of our community, you’re asked to call the Comox Valley RCMP at (250) 338-1321.