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Pressure on all levels of the Canadian government as well as Coastal GasLink investors is incredibly timely. Right now RCMP have constructed militarized exclusion zones preventing Wet’suwet’en and invited guests from accessing their unceded territory. The presence of the RCMP directly violates the basic rights and dignities of Wet’suwet’en peoples, as outlined first and foremost within Wet’suwet’en Hereditary law as well as constitutionally within Canadian law. Days ago, an elder was arrested by these unconstitutional militarized exclusion zones. This is just the beginning. Without the intervention of supporters nationally, the RCMP, BC, and Canada will continue to escalate and criminalize unarmed Wet’suwet’en frontlines.
We have a critical window of action.
***February 18 2020 update***
“On February 10, RCMP invaded unceded Unist’ot’en territory, arresting and forcibly removing Freda Huson (Chief Howilhkat), Brenda Michell (Chief Geltiy), Dr. Karla Tait, and four Indigenous land defenders from our yintah. They were arrested in the middle of a ceremony to honour the ancestors. Police tore down the red dresses that were hung to hold the spirits of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two spirit people. They extinguished our sacred fire.
We have had enough. Enough dialogue, discussion, negotiation at the barrel of a gun. Canada comes to colonize. Reconciliation is dead.
It is time to fight for our land, our lives, our children, our future.
- Direct update from Unist’ot’en camp, link
As indigenous youth, it is our understanding that Canada’s flagrant violation of indigenous rights in unceded Wet’suwet’en territory sets an unacceptable precedent for Canada’s engagement with all indigenous nations. If Canada is willing to invade Wet’suwet’en territories, it will have no hesitation invading ours. Wet’suwet’en frontlines are facing an imminent raid after negotiations ended at an impasse. Now is the time to turn up the heat on Canadian government and financial backers. Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en are calling upon rolling sit ins of MLA and MP offices as well as banks invested in the Coastal Gaslink Project. The situation on Wet’suwet’en frontlines is developing hour-by-hour, and is dependent on mass mobilization both within Canada and around the world. There is no explicit guarantee that the RCMP won’t move forward with a raid during negotiations as Canada has never been historically accountable to Wet’suwet’en or promises with Indigenous Nations. We need to act fast.
Read this toolkit for more information on how supporters can get engaged
Download the Indigenous Youth and Supporters for Wet’suwet’en Sit In Toolkit here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V8KAlwrLENAt9iGy9UMtXIbD9fjweKxrG9QfD_wvr-E/edit
National Call to Action
National Call to Action: Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en call upon Indigenous youth and supporters to participate in rolling occupations of MLA and MP offices and financial institutions tied to the Coastal GasLink project.
Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en are a decentralized, grassroots movement comprised of Indigenous youth, who act independently in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs representing all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation.
As Indigenous youth, we recognize that Canada’s flagrant violation of Indigenous rights in unceded Wet’suwet’en territory sets a shameful precedent for Canada’s engagement with all Indigenous nations.It is unacceptable that Royal Canadian Mounted Police militarized exclusion zones and ongoing aerial surveillance continue to coerce, intimidate, restrict, and harass Wet’suwet’en peoples on Wet’suwet’en territories. The presence of the RCMP directly violates the basic rights and dignities of Wet’suwet’en peoples, as outlined first and foremost within Wet’suwet’en Hereditary law as well as constitutionally within Canada. We insist that there is no just reason for these coercive tactics if British Columbia is to truly commence good-faith discussions with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs. For nation-to-nation discussions to take place, the Federal government must also fulfill its duty to enter into discussions with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs.
On January 21st, Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en occupied the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, demanding that Premier Horgan meet directly with hereditary leaders and that the RCMP remove militarized exclusion zones from Wet’suwet’en territories. They were met with a contingent of thirty to forty officers from the Victoria and Saanich Police who forcibly removed 10 youth and a Ma’amtagila elder between the hours of 2:00-6:00 AM under crown authority. As this national call to action is being released, Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en are occupying the office of Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs in Winnipeg, Manitoba. We do not seek arrest, but rather to hold Canada accountable for its ongoing criminalization of Indigenous law.
Until Wet’suwet’en sovereignty is respected, we call upon Indigenous Youth and supporters to continue to occupy the offices of Members of Legislative Assemblies and Members of Parliament, as well as financial institutions tied to the Coastal GasLink project. We resist the unlawful encroachment of RCMP upon Wet’suwet’en lands, that will likely escalate in violence against unarmed Wet’suwet’en land defenders and supporters, similar to the raid at Gidimt’en checkpoint on January 7th of last year. We demand the Canadian government dignify the requests of Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and withdraw the forces of the RCMP and Coastal Gaslink from their unceded traditional territories.
We peacefully commit to do everything in our power to defend Wet’suwet’en rights because they defend our collective future as Indigenous youth. We call upon you to do the same.
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