Justin Trudeau held a press conference on Friday, February 21 to address the protests in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en and other First Nations populations. The Prime Minister told reporters that "every attempt at dialogue has been made but discussions have not been productive." And Justin Trudeau's Wet'suwet'en comments made it clear that he believes it's time for the action to come to an end.

"We cannot have dialogue when only one party is coming to the table," Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa today, per CBC's "Power and Politics."

"The fact remains: the barricades must now come down. The injunctions must be obeyed and the law must be upheld. Let me be clear, our resolve to pursue the reconciliation agenda with Indigenous people is as strong as ever."

His press conference took place at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, Global News reports. 

Trudeau added: "For this reason, we have no choice but to stop making the same overtures. Of course, we will never close the door on dialogue and our hand remains extended should someone want to reach to it."

He also confirmed his Incident Response Team had just got off the phone with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs "just moments ago".

According to the Globe and Mail, those chiefs are also expected to make a statement today in Tyendinaga, Ont. 

They are visiting their Mohawk allies who were responsible for putting on the massive Belleville blockade that has been arguably the most disruptive such protest in the country.

That action led to Via Rail cancelling all trains across Canada last week, a move which resulted in total chaos since.

Over 1,000 rail workers have been laid off since the barricades began earlier this month.

And in terms of passengers affected on Family Day weekend and beyond, the number of disrupted travellers was estimated at a massive 111,000 on Thursday.

Trudeau said that "hurting Canadian families from coast to coast to coast does nothing to advance the cause of reconciliation."

“We continue to be hopeful that the leadership within these Indigenous communities will find a way to bring down these barricades peacefully but as a federal government we have exhausted our capacity to engage in a positive, substantive, active way.”

Per CBC, it is unclear at this stage how the federal government intends to remove these barricades and halt the protests.

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