We just want to take a moment tie say tabï misiyh everyone for all of your support! All of the donations of supplies, food, money and all the amazing solidarity actions! Wow.
The pressure you create by taking to the streets, banks and railways is what is keeping us safe on the ground. It ensures that people are still paying attention. Do not be fooled by the rcmp statement that they are standing down, we aren’t. They could move in at any moment.
Keep it up! And misiyh, from all of us at the Gathering Place (27km), Wolverine Watch (39km) & Gidimt’en Camp (44km) ✊🏽
Ways to support: www.yintahaccess.com
Today we were informed of a meeting happening at the Silverking Heli office in Smithers and found a bus with RCMP officers and military-style TAC team personel loading what appears to be tactical gear into trucks.
The “standing down” agreement seems to have been ordered as a smoke screen to halt any kind of media coverage or solidarity actions. So keep up the pressure! Eyes on the frontlines and feet in the street is what is keeping our people on the frontlines safe.
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Hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en who have been trying to block the Coastal GasLink pipeline have agreed to a sit-down with the B.C. government.
The Wet’suwet’en have a dual governance structure, with both elected band councils and hereditary chiefs representing 13 houses and five clans.
There is division among the Wet’suwet’en over the $6.6 billion Coastal GasLink project, which is part of the $40 billion LNG Canada project.
All five elected band councils of the Wet’suwet’en support the project and have signed benefits agreements worth more than $300 million.
But there are 13 houses, and eight of the 13 hereditary chiefs are opposed to the project in their territory. Members of a group called the Unist’ot’en – affiliated with Dark House – have set up camps Houston B.C. on the Morice West Forest Service Road to try to prevent Coastal GasLink from doing work on the natural gas pipeline.
At the end of December, the BC Supreme Court issued an injunction and enforcement order, and the RCMP have set up check points to control who goes in and out of the contested area. So far no arrests have been made.
Wet’suwet’en agree to talks with province by Nelson BENNETT / Glacier Media, JANUARY 30, 2020
More than 20 Indigenous youth blocked the entrance to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources in Victoria to deliver a message to the Minister Michelle Mungall and Premier John Horgan.
Protesters have been on site since around noon and according to Nigel Robinson, they’re planning on occupying the building until “all [their] demands are met.”
Earlier on Tuesday, the protesters delivered a letter to Mungall that stated Indigenous youth were not only inheriting a climate crisis “driven by fossil fuel projects like [Coastal GasLink] CGL, but Canada’s legacy of colonization, genocide and gendered violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people.” In other words, they are supporting Wet’suwet’en sovereignty and opposing RCMP actions.
“Canada’s siege and invasion of those territories that have not given consent for Coastal GasLinks operation. It’s unconstitutional, it is illegal, it is immoral and it is shameful. Canada can not continue to uphold the status quo of indigenous genocide when moving forward with natural resource projects that impact Indigenous youth first and foremost,” said Ta’Kiya Blaney, while seated in the middle of the group.
Link to video.
Protesters block B.C. government building entrance to support Wet’suwet’en First Nation. A letter with four demands was delivered to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources by KENDRA CRIGHTON, The Interior News, Jan. 21, 2020
Gina Mowatt was “terrified” while being arrested in downtown Victoria in the early hours of Jan. 22.
She was one of the 12 young Indigenous people that were arrested – along with an elder in her 60s – for taking part in an 18-hour sit-in in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.
“We were there in peace, we were there in prayer, we were there in solidarity for the Wet’suwet’en,” Mowatt said. “We’re not protesters, we’re land protectors.”
“It’s not about a pipeline, it’s not about politics – it’s about the survival of life on earth.”
She said the sit-in only began after the group’s demands were ignored.
She remembered feeling afraid because she and her fellow land defenders were being separated and they didn’t know what would happen once they were alone.
The Wet’suwet’en supporters were arrested individually and loaded into separate vans for the drive to the police station.
Mowatt remembered having her hands bound behind her back while in the van so she couldn’t prevent her body from being thrown around as she was driven to the Victoria Police Department.
“As much as I was shocked, heartbroken and terrified by what was happening, I wasn’t surprised,” Mowatt said.
Wet’suwet’en supporter ‘heartbroken and terrified’ during arrest at Victoria sit-in. Gina Mowatt was one of 13 arrested for occupying a ministry office by DEVON BIDAL, Victoria News, Feb. 1, 2020
In Solidarity with all Land Defenders, February 1 at 9:34 PM
The “welcome” LED sign in the department of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo! #WetsuwetenStrong