More Wet’suwet’en solidarity 1.31.2020

Below are some more marches and rallies held in support of the Wet’suwet’en peoples. The latest news is the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and the province have agreed to a week of talks about the Coastal GasLink pipeline to try to de-escalate. More solidarity actions here:

The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and the B.C. government have announced they will be in talks over the next seven days to de-escalate a standoff over the Coastal GasLink pipeline project in northern B.C.

Work on the pipeline between British Columbia’s northeast and Kitimat on the coast was halted after hereditary chiefs issued an eviction notice to the company, citing Wet’suwet’en trespass law.

Four weeks ago, the B.C. Supreme Court granted Coastal GasLink an injunction instructing pipeline opponents to allow the company and its contractors to move through the Morice Forest Service Road to access the work site.

In a statement issued Thursday, the hereditary chiefs said they agreed to discussions with the provincial government which will be known as “Wiggus,” the Wet’suwet’en word for respect.

“The hereditary chiefs maintain their commitment to peace and will pursue all avenues available to achieve a peaceful resolution,” said the statement.

RCMP to stand down as Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and province start de-escalation talks. Hereditary chiefs and the B.C. government have agreed to a week of talks over the Coastal GasLink pipeline by Eva Uguen-Csenge · CBC News · January 31, 2020
Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs from left, Rob Alfred, John Ridsdale and Antoinette Austin, who oppose the Coastal Gaslink pipeline, take part in a rally in Smithers, B.C., on Jan. 10. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press)

Climate Justice Climatique Ottawa was live in Solidarity Action for Wet’suwet’en / Action en solidarité.

Climate Justice Climatique Ottawa· Yesterday ·  We will have a short rally & then hand out small informational flyers and ask attendees to distribute them at various high traffic areas throughout Ottawa in order to raise awareness of the demands of the hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en and ways to take action in support.

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Climate Justice Climatique Ottawa was live in Solidarity Action for Wet’suwet’en / Action en solidarité.

We non-Indigenous citizens of BC and Canada, of settler descent, do object to and appeal the Supreme Court injunction granted to Coastal Gas Links against the Wet’suwet’en Nation on the grounds that said injunction is unjust, unconstitutional and racist.

In light of this we are gathering in front of the Courthouse in Nelson this Friday, January 31st from 12-2pm to tell the government that we do not support their decisions and subsequent actions in this matter.

Join us this Friday at noon to let the Canadian government know that you stand with the Wet’suwet’en Nation!!

The Kootenay People who Support the Wet’suwet’en Nation would like to acknowledge the First Peoples, who have occupied this land for thousands of years, the Sinixt, whose name means “People of the Place of the bull trout”, also known as Arrow Lakes, past, present and future whose traditional lands we live, work and play on.

Kootenay People who Support the Wet’suwet’en Nation

Answering a call for solidarity, a few dozen Sudburians took to the streets Sunday to show their support for members of B.C. Indigenous community Wet’suwet’en First Nation fighting the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline project.

“Wet’suwet’en First Nation has asked for help, just like any nation whenever you’re under attack – you ask for help,” said Kahteraks Goodleaf, member of the rally’s organizing committee.

Equating the pipeline project with colonization, Goodleaf said the people who marched on Sunday wanted to add their voices to those opposed to the gas pipeline and to encourage anyone unfamiliar with the project to get informed.

“This is just an example of what happens to Indigenous communities all the time, that colonization is still here,” said Goodleaf. “It’s still happening and people have had enough.”

Wet’suwet’en solidarity organizer: ‘Colonization is still here’
Sudbury marchers back hereditary chiefs in opposing Coast GasLink Pipeline project, by Keira Ferguson,

A group of about 50 people marched on Fredericton City Hall on Wednesday in solidarity with the We’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who are trying to stop a natural gas pipeline crossing their traditional territories.

Grand Chief of the Wolastoq Grand Council, Ron Tremblay, whose traditional name is Spasaqsit Possesom, said he understands the struggles the hereditary chiefs are facing in British Columbia.

“We’re gathering here to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them even though they live way, way out on the West Coast,” Tremblay said.

‘We need to gather together’: NB (New Brunswick) rally supports Wet’suwet’en pipeline protest. Indigenous and non-Indigenous supporters call on RCMP and gas company to stand down in Wet’suwet’en territory. Logan Perley · CBC News · Posted: Jan 29, 2020

‘We need to gather together’: NB (New Brunswick) rally supports Wet’suwet’en pipeline protest.

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