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(en) Canada, Collectif Emma Goldman - [Coastal GasLink] Wet'suwet'en First Nation Still Resisting Extractivism and the Canadian Colonial Government (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 15 Jan 2020 08:38:29 +0200


Wet'suwet'en First Nation has given notice of eviction to employees of Coastal GasLink[1]. It will not be possible for them to return to the construction site without the consent of the Wet'suwet'en Nation. This pipeline project passes over lands never ceded by the Aboriginals and no OK was given by the communities present on this territory in order to go ahead with the works. Coastal GasLink and the federal government act in total violation of First Nations rights. The eviction, which took place in peace, comes after a declaration by the hereditary chiefs Wet'suwet'en representing the five clans (see the declaration, in English, at the end of the text). Remember that this fight is not new.
For several years, this nation has been fighting to protect its territory. Last year, in early January, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP-RCMP) violently arrested and ousted (after an injunction issued by the colonial court in British Columbia) people defending a barricade in order to '' prevent the project from moving forward. Basically, these people were enforcing the decision of the Wet'suwet'en Nation, no project without consent. Worse still, the British newspaper The Guardian revealed that the police were ready to use snipers against the defenders of the Wet'suwet'en territory[2].

A year later, the struggle continues. A solidarity camp has been erected near the path to the pipeline construction site and roads have been blocked with trees. Right now, there is an international week of actions ( All eyes on Wet'suwet'en ) in solidarity with this fight led by the protectors of the territory. We cannot leave them alone! Solidarity is our weapon!

The declaration of hereditary chiefs:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs Reject the BC Supreme Court Decision to Criminalize Wet'suwet'en Law

Smithers (BC) - Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs representing all five clans of the Wet'suwet'en Nation reject the BC Supreme Court decision to extend Coastal GasLink's injunction order, which has criminalized the practice of Anuk 'nu'at'en (Wet'suwet'en law) and inflicted violence against Wet'suwet'en people on our own unceded lands.

Coastal GasLink (CGL) has never obtained consent from the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs to enter or work on our territories. Since obtaining the initial interim injunction order, CGL has bulldozed through our territories and destroyed our archaeological sites, while private security firms and RCMP have interfered with the constitutionally protected rights of Wet'suwet'en people to access our lands for hunting, trapping, and ceremony. CGL has violated the conditions of their permits with impunity, facing no consequence from Canadian regulatory authorities.

We cannot rely on Provincial law to protect Wet'suwet'en land, people, or interests. Under the threat of continued police violence, the Wet'suwet'en have complied with the interim injunction order imposed throughout our territories. However, the Wet'suwet'en have never ceded our lands to Canada or British Columbia, and colonial governments have never lawfully obtained the authority to render decisions on our lands.

The interim injunction, which was granted by Justice Church in December of 2018, six months before the Wet'suwet'en were able to present any legal defense, has already done irreparable harm to our territories, people, and the practice of our laws. The decision ignored the legal efforts of our ancestors, who spent more than a decade in court with the Delgamuukw-Gisday'wa v. Queen case to have the Supreme Court of Canada recognize that Aboriginal title had never been extinguished across 22,000 km2 of Wet'suwet'en yin'tah (traditional territory).

At a time when the Province of British Columbia is celebrated for adopting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Wet'suwet'en people are actively denied the protections of UNDRIP on our own lands. When we enforced our own laws and required that industry seek Free, Prior, and Informed Consent for development on our lands, we faced a brutal display of militaristic police violence and an ongoing police occupation of our territories. We have learned, through the reporting of The Guardian, that RCMP are prepared to kill unarmed Wet'suwet'en people if we continue to uphold our laws.

We urge the Province, in the strongest terms, to meaningfully uphold its commitment to implement UNDRIP, and to withdraw the RCMP from our territories where they oppress our people and criminalize our authority to the benefit of industry. Enforcement of this injunction by the RCMP will lead to the forcible removal of Wet'suwet'en people from our own lands and the bulldozing of our homes, continuing the violent displacement that our ancestors experienced.

We are disappointed that the Supreme Court has rendered a decision that contradicts Wet'suwet'en law, but we reaffirm that Anuk nu'at'en remains the highest law on Wet'suwet'en land. Coastal Gaslink continues to operate as though Wet'suwet'en law does not exist, and to trespass on our unceded lands.

We have a responsibility to enforce Wet'suwet'en laws and to ensure the health of our territories for future generations, as we have done for thousands of years. We have always held the responsibility and authority to protect our unceded territories and we will continue to do so.

Quote from Dini'ze Na'moks (John Ridsdale): "In this time of reconciliation, with BC being the first province to legislate UNDRIP, this ruling by a court in BC against Indigenous rights and recognition truly proves that industry, not the people , can control the Province and its laws. Ultimately, we are our own government, and we decide who comes on our territory. We are the hereditary chiefs. British Columbia and Canada only have assumed and presumed authority on our lands. "

Solidarity action by IWW Montreal:

Chicoutimi: Solidarity action in connection with the violent eviction of protectors from the territory in January 2019.

For more information:

The Unist'ot'en Camp Facebook page and their website .

The ally's toolbox: https://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit2020/

[1]The Coastal GasLink project involves the construction of a 670 km pipeline connecting the Dawson Creek area in east-central British Columbia to around Kitimat in the north coast.

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/dec/20/canada-indigenous-land-defenders-police-documents
Listed 17 hours ago by Collectif Emma Goldman

http://ucl-saguenay.blogspot.com/2020/01/coastal-gaslink-la-premiere-nation.html
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