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Tiny House Warrior seeks permission to enter TRU campus in Kamloops

Nicole Manuel wants to attend a First Nations human rights conference this weekend, but court conditions stemming from a December 2018 incident at TRU bar her from stepping foot on campus
Trans Mountain protest TRU red paint
Handprints dipped in red ink were plastered on the outside wall of the Campus Activity Centre at TRU on Dec. 10, 2018.

Thompson Rivers University is opposed to allowing a member of the Tiny House Warriors on campus this weekend for a First Nations human rights conference.

Nicole Manuel, also known as Mayuk, was among three members of the Tiny House Warriors arrested on Dec. 10, 2018, after allegedly smearing red paint on the walls and windows of TRU’s Campus Activity Centre during a pipeline consultation meeting helmed by former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci.

Iacobucci was holding meetings with Indigenous groups in connection with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project.

Manuel, her sister Chantel Manuel and her brother-in-law Isha Jules are each facing charges of mischief under $5,000, assault and causing a disturbance stemming from the incident.

Each of the accused is bound by release conditions that include an order to stay away from the Thompson Rivers University campus.

The pipeline consultation meeting took place in rented space on TRU’s campus, but was not a university event. This weekend’s Human Rights Symposium and Delegation is being organized by the Tiny House Warriors and the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade in space rented at TRU.

The symposium schedule includes events in TRU’s Grand Hall on Saturday and a field trip to the North Thompson on Sunday. Speakers on Saturday are expected to include filmmaker and broadcaster Avi Lewis and First Nations lawyer and activist Pam Palmater.

A hearing is scheduled to take place on Thursday in Kamloops provincial court, at which time Manuel will ask a judge to vary her bail to allow her to attend TRU’s campus for the event.

Manuel is the sister of Kanhaus Manuel, a leader of the Tiny House Warrior movement.

Nicole Manuel and her two co-accused are scheduled to stand trial in Kamloops provincial court over five days beginning on Nov. 16.

The Tiny House Warriors is a group of Indigenous activists opposed to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion crossing Secwépemc territory. The group has built two villages — near Blue River and Moonbeam Creek, about 230 kilometres north of Kamloops.

The group has constructed five of a planned 10 tiny houses it said it will place along the pipeline expansion’s 518-kilometre route as a means of protesting the project and asserting what it said is “Secwepemc territorial authority and jurisdiction.”