To Repair the World, We Must Decolonize

Following are updates regarding support for the Wet’suwet’en Peoples and information about a hearing tomorrow evening that will be live streamed:
DATE: Thursday January 30, 2020
TIME: 9:00 a.m. PST
LOCATION: UBCIC Boardroom- 312 Main Street, 4th floor, Vancouver
https://www.facebook.com/UBCIC/

Independent Jewish Voices stands in firm and uncompromising solidarity with the people and the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en nation in their struggle to defend their land against Coastal GasLink and other pipeline companies which have encroached on their sovereign territory in unceded British Columbia.

The situation is once again at a boiling point. On December 31, 2019, the BC Supreme Court granted an injunction against members of the Wet’suwet’en nation who have been stewarding and protecting their traditional territory from the destruction caused by Coastal GasLink’s work in the area. RCMP forces are now amassing and poised to enforce the injunction.

Our ancestors came to this country we call Canada, often fleeing persecution, or to make a better life. But we must acknowledge that we are still visitors on these lands, many of which were never surrendered, or were subject to broken treaties. In the Jewish spirit of tikkun olam (Hebrew for “repairing the world”), we give our full support to Indigenous peoples who are acting to repair the very ground on which we walk. And the only way forward is if we walk together, united against colonialism.

Canadian Jews Stand With Wet’Suwet’en: To Repair the World, We Must Decolonize, January 9, 2020, Independent Jewish Voices Canada

January 24th, Gitksan and Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and Matriarchs met to discuss an alliance in the fight for upholding Wet’suwet’en law on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory.

The Wet’suwet’en invited theGiktsan formally onto the territory to stand and walk beside them through the upcoming RCMP invasion.

After a Solidarity Saturday gathering of indigenous and non-indigenous local supporters, a moose appeared as an offering to the three camps of land defenders currently holding it down behind the police line.

Thank you everyone for your dedication and support.

Gitksan join the Wet’suwet’en

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MEDIA ADVISORY OF PRESS CONFERENCE: Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Leadership, BCCLA, UBCIC and Legal Coalition file complaint about RCMP Checkpoint and Exclusion Zone

January 29, 2020

For Immediate Release

WHAT: A coalition is calling on the Chairperson of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP to initiate a policy complaint and public interest investigation regarding the improper and unlawful actions of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (“RCMP) in implementing and enforcing a checkpoint and exclusion zone on Morice West Forest Service Road in Wet’suwet’en territory.

They will speak about the policy complaint, which includes eight first-hand accounts, and answer media questions.

WHO: The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, the BC Civil Liberties Association, and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs have filed the policy complaint with the endorsement of West Coast Environmental Law and Pivot Legal Society.

DATE: Thursday January 30, 2020
TIME: 9:00 a.m. PST
LOCATION: UBCIC Boardroom- 312 Main Street, 4th floor, Vancouver

SPEAKERS:
Dini’ze Na’moks (John Ridsdale), Tsayu Clan, Wet’suwet’en (via skype)
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, Union of BC Indian Chiefs
Harsha Walia, Executive Director, BC Civil Liberties Association
Irina Ceric: Faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, non-practicing Lawyer excluded from the RCMP Exclusion Zone

LIVESTREAM: https://www.facebook.com/UBCIC/

PHONE IN AVAILBLE:
Outside of Vancouver: 877-385-4099
Lower Mainland: 604-899-2339
Access code: 40316#
Media contact:
Ellena Neel, 778-866-0548 eneel@ubcic.bc.ca

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC)


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