The protest began just after 9:00 a.m. at the company’s office on Horby St., led by the Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society. This comes just after the two-year anniversary of the Mount Polley tailings pond spill.
Police say a handful of the protesters aggressively made their way into the office, began yelling, and were shoving and pushing staff.
Officers made their way to the scene after 911 calls were made, but were physically blocked by protesters.
Four people were arrested and have since been released. Another 15 to 20 people remained at the scene, and while loud, protested lawfully.
The group provided a statement to Warrior Publications blog where a post was made detailing the “successful occupation” of Imperial Metals.
Imperial Metals ordered thirty police offers to violently assault Indigenous women and supporters, with four arrests and many bruised bodies. But our spirits are high and we know the world is watching, we have support from around the world. We are holding their responsible for the violence against Indigenous lands and Indigenous women.