Taylor Bachrach is the MP for the Skeena Bulkley Valley and has true relationships with the Wet’suwet’en. This is evidenced in his speech at the emergency debate today. He spoke words he has learned from our language and spoke of our hereditary system and our history of colonization
Tonight I spoke in an emergency debate in Parliament on the situation facing the Wet’suwet’en.
I know it’s been a difficult time for many across the Northwest. But what events in recent weeks tell us is that we cannot continue on with the status quo.
The only way out of this impasse is through dialogue, understanding and humility. We need to see nation-to-nation talks and that is why I again called on the Prime Minister to meet with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.
Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, UBCIC https://www.ubcic.bc.ca and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association will hold a press conference tomorrow, Feb 20, 2020. Details below:
Occupy Canada Feb 17
BREAKING NEWS: EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
An estimated 8,000 -10,000 people just SHUT DOWN and occupied major intersections of downtown Toronto along Bloor street in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders and water protectors!
OVER 20,000 PEOPLE at the BERNIE SANDERS RALLY.
My daughter KAYAH GEORGE is part of the welcome does a great speech, giving a shout out to We’suwet’en and Tsleil Waututh.
As police enforce a court injunction against two Indigenous camps standing in the way of a proposed B.C. pipeline, the authors of a new report say their research indicates the RCMP’s action against Wet’suwet’en land defenders will be neither fair, nor objective.
Jeffrey Monaghan of Carleton University and Miles Howe of Queen’s University outline in a new report published in the Canadian Journal of Sociology how RCMP assess individual activists according to political beliefs, personality traits, and even their ability to use social media.
The report says government and RCMP documents uncovered through access to information requests indicate the police are not assessing Indigenous protests in Canada based on factors of criminality but are more concerned about the protestors’ ability to gain public support.
It also shows the government’s risk assessments of Indigenous protests, court injunctions initiated by private corporations against Indigenous people, and RCMP policing tactics all favour corporate interests and private property rights over Indigenous rights and title.
This includes the current resistance by land defenders and hereditary chiefs to the Coastal GasLink LNG pipeline slated to run through unceded Wet’suwet’en territory.
Checklists developed by RCMP Director of Research and Analysis Dr. Eli Sopow as part of the National Intelligence Coordination Centre’s 2014-2015 Project SITKA reveal “it’s not criminality the RCMP are focused on, it’s the ability of that group to create and craft a counter narrative to the one that suggests whatever the police do is across the board legitimate,” Howe told APTN News in a phone interview.
RCMP concerned Indigenous rights advocates will gain public support: new study. New research shows Canada’s police force assesses the risk Indigenous activists and protesters pose to the nation — not based on factors of criminality — but based on their ability to summon sympathy from the broader populace. By Justin Brake, journalist at the Aboriginal People’s Television Network. This article was originally published on APTN News. Jan 16, 2019