Community of Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw Rallies Behind Wet’suwet’en
Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw Traditional Leadership call on Horgan to honour UNDRIP in support of the Wet’suwet’en who are being forcefully removed from their traditional land.
Please consider sharing words of support and solidarity with the brave young Haiłzaqv women who have locked themselves to RCMP vehicles at the Bella Bella detachment in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en:
Hours after police arrested dozens of protesters for blockading port entrances in Vancouver and Delta, B.C., marches were held in Vancouver and Victoria in support of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation and its fight against a pipeline.
In Victoria, protesters blocked the Johnson Street and Bay Street bridges during afternoon rush hour while, in Vancouver, police warned drivers to expect delays as demonstrators blocked intersections and marched through the downtown core.
In recent days, small-scale protests have emerged across Canada in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary leaders’ opposition to the construction of a gas pipeline through their traditional territory in northern B.C. Over the weekend, the RCMP arrested 21 people blocking Coastal GasLink workers from accessing the site.
On Monday morning, Vancouver police arrested 43 demonstrators at the Port of Vancouver as they enforced an injunction against those blocking access to the site.
Dozens of officers arrived at the intersection of Hastings and Clark streets around 5:30 a.m. PT Monday, and the injunction was read several times over a loudspeaker. Police then removed barricades blocking access to the port, reopening the ramp to vehicles.
Demonstrators had blocked two other port entrances in Vancouver, and the Delta port, where local police arrested 14 protesters early Monday morning. Delta police said an ambulance was called for one person “out of an abundance of caution.” Protesters had first blockaded the port on Feb. 8.
Meanwhile, protesters in New Hazelton, west of Smithers, B.C., continue to block railways, significantly affecting CN Rail service.
Hundreds rally in Metro Vancouver and Victoria in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en. Police arrest 57 anti-pipeline protesters blocking Vancouver and Delta port entrances. CBC News · Posted: Feb 10, 2020
Newfoundland in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en
Labrador Land Protectors 2.10.2020
Thank you St. John’s allies & protectors
The Labrador Land Protectors applaud you all, we stand in solidarity with you and all across this nation protecting land, water and lives, including the Wet’suwet’en people.
Today the feds and provincial government are in St. John’s talking about money for Muskrat Falls hydro rates when they did not have enough concern for our lives downstream or the land & water to “remember” to clear the reservoir.
Do not be fooled by governments’ lies of reconciliation, it’s all about who they can buy out. It’s the same everywhere. Use injunctions, bring in the RCMP and wipe their hands of UNDRIP and the Rights of the land, water, animals and Indigenous Peoples.
We will fight them. We will protect. We are with you. Stand strong!
The RCMP made seven arrests at the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre today in an attempt to evict the last Wet’suwet’en post resisting a gas pipeline through the nation’s traditional territories.
Police, including tactical squad officers armed with rifles and handlers with dogs, arrived earlier this morning in a convoy of more than 30 vehicles as a helicopter circled overhead.
They were greeted by a group of women drumming and singing beside a ceremonial fire near the centre. The officers tried to talk to the matriarchs around the fire but were greeted with calls of “liars” and demands they leave.
Karla Tait, volunteer director of clinical services at the healing centre, told police she was defending her children’s future.
“I’m protecting the land for my five-year-old daughter,” said Tait.* “Our people need the salmon to survive.”
When an RCMP officer said police didn’t want to make arrests unless there was no choice, Freda Huson (Howilhkat), Unist’ot’en spokesperson and healing centre director, said police had a choice.
“You have the option to leave,” she said. “You know what the right thing is. This is unceded land. The chiefs did not give consent. They’ve [Coastal GasLink] been evicted. Honour that eviction and go. Shame. Your children will pay… Shame on you guys. Shame on you. Shame on you.”
By 10:26 a.m., the arrests began as the women continued to sing and drum. Tait was one of the first arrested. Within 30 minutes, six more people were led or carried away one at a time by police.
Huson was the sixth person arrested.
Emotions High as RCMP Arrest Seven at Last Wet’suwet’en Post. Helicopters and a convoy bring tactical officers, dog squad to healing centre. The Tyee is there. Amanda Follett Hosgood 10.9.2020| TheTyee.ca
Marcos Lopez and Mariah Omeasoo joined about 20 demonstrators on the Higgins Avenue bridge Monday who cried foul at a natural gas pipeline under construction in British Columbia.
“I think it’s important for us to stand with our fellow Indigenous people when our rights are being infringed upon,” said Lopez, a sophomore at the University of Montana and member of the Crow and Nez Perce tribes. “When our rights are being infringed upon and the government is taking land without their consent, I think that should appall people everywhere.”
He and other demonstrators allege that’s what’s happening with the Coastal GasLink pipeline now under construction in British Columbia. If completed, the pipeline would run 416 miles across the province, linking an existing network of gas lines in the east to an export facility near the town of Kitimat on the western coast. The project has the support of several First Nations band councils, a type of governing body in Canada, in the area.
But the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose it. Members of that First Nation have maintained a presence on the forest road that runs into their territory, as a means to block access to pipeline routes, since 2009.
On Dec. 31 of last year, a Canadian judge issued an injunction ordering the Wet’suwet’en to clear the road so that GasLink construction could proceed. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have since been enforcing the order and arresting demonstrators. Protests against the pipeline, meanwhile, have since spread across Canada and, on Monday, to Missoula.
“It’s an international call for solidarity” from the Wet’suwet’en, explained UM’s DiverseU student coordinator Joseph Grady, one of the demonstration’s organizers.
Anti-GasLink demonstrators in Canada have disrupted ports and rail traffic in recent days, but Missoula’s activists kept themselves to the railing on the west side of the bridge, leaving enough space for pedestrians to pass. As motorists honked in support, Grady said that “we want to make sure here locally, that we’re more exhibiting solidarity than getting in the way.”
Missoula activists protest Canada gas pipeline by Patrick Reilly, Missoulian, 2.10.2020
GODERICH, ONT. — A small, but committed group of Huron County residents rallied in Goderich on Monday, showing solidarity with Wet’suwet’en protestors.
Over 30 people have been arrested by the RCMP in northern B.C., as members of the Wet’suwet’en nation and their supporters attempt to stop construction of a Coastal GasLink pipeline.
Solidarity protests have been happening across the country, since the conflict ramped up last week.
Wet’suwet’en solidarity protests continue as supporters block roads and port terminals
Rolling protest slows Highway 401 traffic in London region
In Goderich, protest organizer Shannon Hugman, says they chose to picket out front of banks in Goderich, because the big banks are financially supporting the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
“I’m not only here to stand in support of indigenous right and human rights, but for climate justice. Because the reason these indigenous people are being arrested and taken from their homes, is to build a pipeline. As a Canadian, as a young person, and someone who plans on being on this planet for many more decades, I cannot stand for that.”
Protesters picket Goderich, Ont. banks in support of Wet’suwet’en. Scott Miller Videographer @ScottMillerCTV Published CTV News Monday, February 10, 2020
Indigenous Rising Media
Indigenous youth are occupying Minister Dan Vandal’s Winnipeg Constituency Office to encourage Minister Vandal to stand by Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs representing all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in opposition to CGL.
Call Minister Vandal’s offices in solidarity with our youth and demand he uphold Indigenous Rights and remove RCMP & TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink from Wet’suwet’en Territories.