Ten people were arrested as the blockade was cleared, Monday morning, angering some Indigenous leaders, community members and advocacy groups who had hoped for a peaceful resolution. "The federal government must co-ordinate action to take down these illegal blockades across the country".
Some hereditary chiefs in the Wet'suwet'en First Nation oppose the natural gas pipeline, though it has received approval from elected band councils.
The letter calls for a halt to further work on the pipeline, at least until the consent of the Wet'suwet'en people has been obtained.
A solidarity rally and march in support of the Wet'suwet'en has slowed down traffic through downtown Ottawa today.
Tyendinaga Mohawk activists heckled a phalanx of police officers, telling them they were standing on Indigenous land and had no authority.
The protesters say they're awaiting word from the chiefs that the RCMP has left their territory.
But as it dragged on, he finally had enough and said three days ago that the blockades had to come down because they were detrimental to the Canadian economy and the railway had laid off about 1,500 employees.
"Following its court-endorsed Framework for Police Preparedness for Indigenous Critical Incidents, the OPP Provincial Liaison Team has engaged in significant collaborative and respectful dialogue aimed at bringing about a peaceful resolution while ensuring everyone's safety and preserving their respective rights guaranteed by Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms", the OPP statement said.
There has been mounting worries to resume rail service and increasing concerns about the public and economic impact of the blockade, including risks of a nationwide shortage of chlorine, used to treat municipal drinking water, and propane, used to heat homes and other facilities.
Repeated offers to have ministers meet with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs to address their issues have not been accepted, Trudeau's office said.
Many business owners are breathing a sigh of relief now that some blockades are down in Ontario and B.C., but there are still almost 60 ships waiting to get into Vancouver-area ports.
"People in this House, Conservative party leaders, do not get to pick who speaks for Indigenous Peoples", he said.
"I feel optimistic. Physically exhausted but optimistic", said Woos, who is also known as Frank Alec, in a phone call with Global News.