On Friday a judge issued an injunction ordering the protesters to clear out by 4 p.m. PT Monday and make way for crews working on the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project.
Around 2:30 p.m. representatives of the company arrived with police and read out the court order. But police also announced they would not be moving in to make arrests immediately. Instead they planned to give the protesters time to remove their camp.
But instead of removing the camp, hundreds of protesters staged a rally at the site, with some vowing to risk arrest rather than comply with the court order.
One coast Salish First Nation woman who identified herself as a guardian named Sut-Lut says she's willing to defy the order and go to jail because she loves Canada, the land and her human family.
The company is proposing to bore a tunnel through Burnaby Mountain for its expanded pipeline, but the plan has enraged its opponents.
The company has also launched a lawsuit against several activists for blocking their access to the site.