I’m continuing to learn about the struggle of the Wet’suwet’en peoples in British Columbia against the construction of fossil fuel pipelines on their unceded lands. Tensions are high since January 4th, 2020, when the Wet’suwet’en House Chiefs representing all 5 clans oversaw the successful eviction of Coastal Gaslink (CGL) employees from Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en territories.
RCMP Admits It’s Monitoring Wet’suwet’en Camps by Air Now. After denying drone and flyover surveillance at a pipeline blockade last week, RCMP says “air assets can and will be deployed as necessary.” Sarah Berman, VICE, Jan 22, 2020
The air surveillance has fueled speculation that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) might be preparing for an armed raid like the one that forcibly removed 14 land defenders from a Wet’suwet’en checkpoint in January 2019.
Yesterday Wet’suwet’en land defenders at Gidimt’en Checkpoint spoke about what they’re defending and the State’s continued use of violence to colonize and steal Indigenous land.