We witness the damage to our lands for long enough

Climate change is real. Wake up people. Your children/grandchildren’s future depends on it.

It seems Colonial states primary focus these days is to protect Industry and government interest. We have seen it over and over since the creation of RCMP. They jailed our ancestors for trying to access their territory to hunt and feed their families when reserves where first created. They continue this task of ensuring we are stopped by creating C51 to make us criminals by their fabricated bill. As we carrying out our responsibility to protect life giving water and lands. We ourselves feel we can Stop it with the help of the world. The world is watching Canada. Your method has not worked to wipe us out. We are still here. We witness the damage to our lands for long enough. We are not against progress. we want Alternative renewable resources as that is what it will take to slow down Climate change.

Freda Huson (spokesperson for Unist’ ot’en Camp) February 29

“The decolonizing that needs to take place, both the educating and the healing, are matters of urgency to the survival of the human species and the health of the Earth as Mother of us All.”

Decolonizing Quakers

I am so impressed and grateful for the nonviolent movement that is taking place in Canada today. It gives me hope that example will trigger a similar movement here in the US. We are already seeing that beginning to happen in Seattle, New York City and Des Moines.
The fundamental question now is whether we have the wisdom and courage to learn from the nonviolent revolution taking place in Canada? To connect with the Wet’suwet’en and bring their example to United States as well?
This as an opportunity to upend the status quo and build just communities for us all. The status quo is pushing us further and faster into environmental collapse.
The Wet’suwet’en people and their supporters are showing us the way.

Jeff Kisling Wake Up United States

Indigenous people in Canada are giving the world a demonstration of the power of nonviolent action. The justness of their cause — defending the land from those who would destroy it for short term profit and the elimination of a habitable climate on earth — combined with their courage and the absence on their part of cruelty or hatred, has the potential to create a much larger movement, which is of course the key to success.

SHUT DOWN CANADA UNTIL IT SOLVES ITS WAR, OIL, AND GENOCIDE PROBLEM, by David Swanson, Executive Director, World Beyond War, WorldBeyondWar.org, Feb 15, 2020

As Canada and BC have proposed an agreement to recognize Wet’suwet’en title on our unceded lands, Coastal Gaslink and the RCMP continue to violently trespass against our will.

A message to our supporters: This is not over. We want the RCMP and CGL off our lands.

This proposal from BC and Canada is long overdue, following decades of denial of Wet’suwet’en rights and title after the 1997 Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa court case. Our ancestors proved what we have always known – that these lands belong to the Wet’suwet’en – and thanks to thousands rising up across so-called Canada, the government is forced to acknowledge this.

We need to keep the pressure on.

The proposal will be reviewed by our clans, and decided upon by our nation in our bahtlats (feast hall) in accordance with Anuk nu’at’en (Wet’suwet’en law) in the coming weeks.

Stay strong. #Wetsuwetenstrong #ShutDownCanada #ReconciliationIsDeadCallout for Solidarity: http://unistoten.camp/alleyesonwetsuweten
Gidimt’en Call to action: www.yintahaccess.com
Donate to Gidimt’en camp: https://www.gofundme.com/f/gidimt039en-strong

Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidimt’en Territory 3.1.2020

One thing I’ve learned from living and working with Native peoples is to be attentive to place – to the earth beneath our feet, to all the living beings that surround us, and to the humans whose stories are embedded in the land. That’s why we began today’s service by acknowledging the Piscataway people – their history on this land and their continuing presence here today. Native peoples are asking churches and civic organizations around the country to open our services and meetings with acknowledgments like this. It’s a way for us to recognize the Native peoples who live here today, and remember those whose ancestors lived and died here – right here. We can connect with them through the land.

  • Think for a moment about places on this continent that are meaningful to you…
  • Let your mind travel to one of those places that you know and love.
  • Close your eyes, picture it.
  • Now imagine that place as it might have been before you or your ancestors knew it, before colonists from other continents arrived.
  • Who were the people there, living and moving along the same rivers and shorelines and hills and valleys that you see in your mind’s eye?
  • What were their names?
  • Where did they go?
  • What happened?
  • Where are they now?

Reflections, Paula Palmer Sermon

Following are words and a video of Nahko talking to the water protector youth during his concert at Standing Rock last September 8, 2016.  This is an example of what he often says between songs.  To put this in context, this was just 5 days after security forces used attack dogs against the water protectors. He was speaking to these young people while they were in the middle of their nonviolent resistance.

Remember that nonviolent direct action is the way to a successful revolution. And that is a hard one, because they are so bad (chuckles). When they come at us you just want to hit ’em, you know? Just sit with that. I know it’s tough. They’re going to try to do everything they can to instigate you. But remember what we’re here for. We’re here to create peace for our Mother. We’re not here to create more violence.

When you’re feeling bad, when you’re feeling frustrated, put all your prayer into your palms, put them to the ground, put them back to the sky, honor the Father, the Mother, just know it will be alright.

Are you guys feeling proud, are you proud of yourselves? Because the whole world is watching. The whole world is watching. So whatcha gonna do? Gonna show love? Are you gonna be smart? You gonna think before you act? Take care of each other? You’re gonna show ‘em what family does. They don’t know what that’s like.

You gotta put down the weight, gotta get out of your way. Get out of your way and just look around the corner at your real self and look at all the potential that this beautiful Earth and love has to offer you.

It’s crazy being out in front of you guys. I had a moment there. I was like, I like started spacing out and I’m like oh god they’re looking at me aren’t they? I was thinking about how much happened before any of us were here. You know? There is a lot of history here. We gotta hold that when we’re standing out there. You gotta hold that when you’re on that line out there, too. You’re here for a lot more than just this pipeline.

It’s about rejoicing, it’s about laughter right now. We’ve got a big day ahead of us tomorrow folks. So, I just want to say I’m so grateful and I’m really proud of you guys. I’m really proud of you. (and then he turned away with obvious emotion).

Nahko Bear performing solo at the Water Protectors Youth Concert Sept 8, 2016.

#wetsuwetenstrong #NODAPL #MniWiconi #RezpectOurWater #AllNationsYouth #IndigenousYouth

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