If you happen to find yourself taking the B.C. ferry today, you should likely expect delays. As of this morning, B.C. Wet’suwet’en protests are preventing B.C. ferries from leaving the terminals and are causing major backups in traffic. The protests started early this morning.\nAccording to the Cowichan Valley Citizen, protesters are blocking the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal this morning, Monday, January 20.\nDue to the protests, ferries leaving Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen at 7 a.m this morning were held back.\nIn addition, ferries at Otter Bay and Village Bay were also delayed due to safety concerns for protesting kayakers in the water.\nThe movement is allegedly in response to an international call for action opposing the Coastal Gaslink’s (CGL) pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory.\nAccording to a press release posted online, the protests targeted B.C. Ferries “because of the corporation’s deepening integration with the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) industry.”\nThe release explains that they are targeting the corporation because of proposed upgrades to two of the ferry service’s vessels.\nThey are claiming that the upgrades will make B.C. Ferries “reliant on the very product that CGL threatens to bring through Wet’suwet’en territory.”\n“We emphasize that provincial infrastructure cannot be built or maintained through the colonization and deconstruction of the territories and waters that the Wet’suwet’en have governed since time immemorial,” outlines the document.\nHere's the background on the blockade affecting @BCFerries - the 7am sailing is impacted according to people on the ground. https://t.co/4Bf6OsEIdF pic.twitter.com/bUuD43QWVI— Ash Kelly (@AshDKelly) January 20, 2020\nSeveral photos have been posted online of the blockade.\nBREAKING: protestors have blockaded access to BC Ferries’ #SwartzBay terminal on the Saanich Peninsula. Police are now arriving on scene. Motorists are currently unable to access the terminal for the 7AM sailing. Photo courtesy of Sean S. #yyj #yvr #bcferries #wetsuweten pic.twitter.com/sCr8XnWaYu— VibrantVictoria.ca (@VibrantVictoria) January 20, 2020\nAccording to the images, several dozen cars have been stopped and traffic is now backed up.\nFor anyone heading to @BCFerries Swartz Bay-it’s pure gridlock. Rumour has it there is a protest ahead... pic.twitter.com/A4eTJGQrPA— Polaris Land Survey (@Polaris_Survey) January 20, 2020\nAlong with the blocked cars, there are several protest signs stating various things like “respect Wet’suwet’en” and “respect indigenous law.”\nBC Ferries at Swartz Bay locked down by #Wetsuweten solidarity friends. BC ferries has been talking about peddling #LNG Fracked Gas in their vessels. That didn’t go unnoticed. #Bcpoli pic.twitter.com/v6QoMCSRsk— Mark Worthing (@OrcaCedarbough) January 20, 2020\nA spokesperson with the protest told the Cowichan Valley Citizen that the protest is made up of allies and young First Nations people from across the province as there was a need to “stand in solidarity.”\nBREAKING - Group blockades Highway 17, prevents BC Ferries sailings by kayaks to demand respect for Wet’suwet'en sovereignty and oppose the threat of RCMP invasion #wetsuweten #bcpoli pic.twitter.com/iQpqYtFxlO— Anna Gerrard (@_AnnaGerrard) January 20, 2020\nAccording to the Nelson Star, RCMP are at the terminal but are not removing protestors at this time.\nB.C. has been home to a number of protests over the past several months.\nThroughout 2019, there were several climate action protests that took place in Vancouver. Some of the protests even shut down major streets and bridges.