Construction on an LNG pipeline has been halted after the discovery of possible historical artifacts on the territory of the Wet’suwet’en nation near Houston, B.C.
The company has also requested that a qualified archaeologist visit the site.
In a statement, Unist'ot'en clan spokeswoman Freda Huson says their members have been combing the company's construction site for a proposed man camp since heavy machinery turned up the forest floor.
The statement says supporters recently recovered two stone tools and archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one dates back up to 3500 years.
The newly found artifacts reveal that archeological heritage is clearly present in the land.
In January, the area was the site of a blockade against the pipeline where police moved in and arrested 14 people.
Coastal Gas Link is in the process of building a 670-kilometre pipeline that will carry fracked natural gas from Dawon Creek, B.C., to Kitimat where it will be processed and shipped abroad.