Tiny House Warriors members Amanda Soper, who also goes by alias Kanahus Manuel, and Isha Jules were released on conditions following their Oct. 21 hearing in Kamloops.
Their next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 4.
According to a press release the pair was charged with mischief and intimidation after being arrested for telling a road maintenance crew they had no Secwepemc consent to work on Highway 5 near Moonbeam Creek, about 60 km north of Blue River, B.C.
Soper and Jules were taken into custody on Oct. 19.
RCMP said Community–Industry Response Group (CIRG) members on patrol near Valemount met the road maintenance crew performing planned asphalt repair work to Highway 5 near the Moonbeam Bridge.
The crew said they were being intimidated as they set up a temporary work zone.
Soper and Jules were staying at a camp the group built in Blue River to protect a river crossing from the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline, said a spokesperson for the group.
RCMP said Soper was uncooperative, complained of injuries and that she was assessed by Emergency Health Services. Soper was taken to hospital where she was cleared for custody with no noted injuries, RCMP said, though social media videos from Tiny House Warriors show her in a cast speaking of a broken wrist.
After my release from Canadian jail 🇨🇦 after 3 days held captive by the government of #Canada for defending our Indigenous #secwepemc land rights against #TransMountain pipelines #tinyhousewarriors pic.twitter.com/VlRzWZ9cWW
— Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) October 22, 2019
All aspects of the arrests were captured on video by police and will be included in the materials provided to the courts, the RCMP said.
This comes on the heels of another incident, which happened at the Trans Mountain pumping station in Blue River on Sept. 30.
Soper and another woman demonstrator approached security employees “using language intended to intimidate”, according to RCMP, and allegedly stole a security padlock to the compound.
The video below, taken from the Kanahus Manuel Twitter page, depicts part of the confrontation.
— Kanahus Manuel (@KanahusFreedom) October 1, 2019