"I want to say to Prime Minister Trudeau: Welcome to battle ground British Columbia". They were greeted by about the same number of pipeline supporters who were encouraged to come out by Canada Action, a Calgary-based lobby group.
Trudeau's address was subsequently moved to another government building close to Parliament Hill later Tuesday.
He says it is important to "leave room for people to express their concerns", but at the same time this is a country of the rule of law and court rulings must be respected.
In a statement, the RCMP say a meeting between Hereditary Chiefs and CGL was facilitated in the hopes of resolving the matter without police involvement, "When it was determined that the matter could not be resolved, at 3 pm the RCMP proceeded to enter the blockade in order to facilitate open access to the service road".
"Under the authority of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, these land defenders are actively practicing their inherent Indigenous Title and Rights to protect the land and pursue their right to self-determination".
In a video posted online earlier in the day Molly Wickham, spokeswoman for the Cas Yex house, which is part of the Gidimt'en clan, said, "We're doing everything that we can to make sure that we're going to be safe".
Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe attended the rally, which he said was about defending the "quality of life" that Canadians enjoy thanks to natural resources development.
The injunction gave protesters 72 hours to remove obstructions and the police say that had not happened, preventing Coastal Gaslink Pipeline Ltd. from being able to do any work in the area. She, along with other arrestees, will not be released.
While members of another Wet'suwet'en house, the Unist'ot'en of the Gilseyhu clan, erected a camp and checkpoint in the area of the planned pipeline nearly seven years ago, Wickham said the Gidimt'en checkpoint is more recent.
She said she believes the issue is gaining attention now because the Gidimt'en have dispelled the myth that it's only individuals from one clan opposing the project.
Demonstrators in Halifax on Tuesday called on provincial and federal governments to respect First Nations sovereignty on Indigenous land, respect the land and water rights guaranteed by the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and uphold their own commitments to reconciliation.
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Organizers believe the police are headed for Unist'ot'en Camp, members of which are listed in the court injunction.
After the arrests, Mounties reiterated that their focus remains on the safety of all those involved in the situation, but said "the RCMP is given discretion to decide how and when to enforce the order".
In October, LNG Canada announced it was moving ahead with its plans for the Kitimat export facility, where the pipeline is to end.
In Halifax, about 150 protesters gathered on the steps of Halifax Regional Police headquarters, where the RCMP has a significant presence.
Indigenous groups are fighting the construction of a 670km (416 miles) liquified natural gas pipeline, Coastal GasLink, which would cross through Wet'suwet'en territory.
The Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, who claim to speak on behalf of all Wet'suwet'en, have said they are concerned the government and corporations are ignoring the voices of Indigenous communities.
A pair of camps, built by clans in the First Nation, have popped up since the injuction was granted, showing their opposition to the planned project.
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"This is wrong and we have to stop it".