Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation 2020
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UPDATE August 16, 2020 - We’ve recently learned the bad news that Coastal GasLink (CGL) got the green light to start pipeline work near the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre, the scene of a RCMP attack and arrests in February, although the company does not have the consent of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs who are overseeing and caring for the territory where the pipeline is planned to pass. In a construction update posted to Coastal GasLink’s website on August 6, the company says it has begun installing pipe at either end of the 670-kilometre pipeline route, in Kitimat and Groundbirch. The relentless capitalism and colonialism of CGL, the RCMP, the BC and federal governments are huge forces to oppose, especially during a pandemic. We need to put all our support behind the Wet’suwet’en nation – for justice, and for the true respect of Indigenous rights and sovereignty.
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Unceded and sovereign Wet’suwet’en land is under attack.
On December 31, 2019, BC Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Church granted an injunction against members of the Wet’suwet’en nation who have been stewarding and protecting their traditional territories from the destruction of multiple pipelines, including Coastal GasLink’s (CGL) liquified natural gas (LNG) pipeline.
Hereditary Chiefs of all five Wet’suwet’en clans have rejected Church’s decision, which criminalizes Anuk ‘nu’at’en (Wet’suwet’en law), and have issued and enforced an eviction of CGL's workers from the territory. The last CGL contractor was escorted out by Wet’suwet’en Chiefs on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
January 7 2020 also marks one year since the RCMP violently raided the Wet’suwet’en territories and criminalized the nation for upholding their responsibilities towards their land. We also learned, through reporting by the Guardian quoting official documents, that RCMP commanders instructed officers, for the January 7, 2019 attack, to “use as much violence toward the gate as you want” and said that “lethal overwatch” - which describes the deployment of an officer who is prepared to use lethal force (including snipers) - was required.
SIGN THIS PETITION to urge prime minister Justin Trudeau, the minister of crown-Indigenous relations, Carolyn Bennett, the BC premier, John Horgan, and the federal and provincial public safety ministers, Bill Blair and Mike Farnworth (responsible for the RCMP) to do the following:
- Stop colonial violence: stop using the RCMP or any other force to harass and criminalize Indigenous peoples from protecting their land, water, air and cultures, as well as dispossess Indigenous peoples of their traditional unceded territories;
- Immediately remove the RCMP and CGL from the Wet'suwet'en territory;
- Respect the sovereignty as well as the free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous peoples as stated in the UN Declaration on the Right of Indigenous Peoples - which Canada has signed and BC has put into provincial law - which includes respecting the refusal of pipelines and other resource-extracting projects that are damaging to the environment and for which the Wet’suwet’en nation have not given free, prior and informed consent to;
- Stop financially and violently supporting those members of the 1% who are stealing resources and condemning our children to a world rendered uninhabitable by climate change.
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