I’ve been trying to think of ways I can support the Wet’suwet’en peoples and their supporters in Canada. A few of us held a vigil in Des Moines, Iowa, a few weeks ago. But living in a small town, I’ve had trouble getting people together for another vigil.
So I was very interested to see the article quoted below making the connection that Canada, like Israel, was founded on the theft of lands, and the genocide and displacement of Indigenous peoples. And calls on Wet’suwet’en supporters to show their solidarity by posting photos of themselves with a message of support.
Of course the land called the United States was also founded on the theft of lands, and the genocide and displacement of Indigenous peoples who we should support however we can (more information about that below). And those of us who are White are on the “other side” of the Indigenous/White settler colonialist divide. But we can still show our support.
“As the Wet’suwet’en and their supporters face mounting arrests, state violence, and repression, it becomes ever more important that we form a transnational voice of opposition.”
As it says below, this idea is in response to a call for international support from the Wet’suwet’en Nation. There are concerns about cultural appropriation in situations like this. Many times, in videos and writings, I’ve heard pleas from Wet’suwet’en spokespersons to spread the word about what is going on. I’ve been writing posts about the Wet’suwet’en peoples and their struggles for several months now, and have received a few notes of appreciation from people involved in Canada.
The following comes from the Wet’suwet’en Supports Toolkit. 2020
There is a great deal of useful information in the toolkit.
- Form a supporter group in your local community, and brainstorm what you can do as a collective.
- Answer the Callout for Solidarity Actions in your region!
- Read up on Movement Defense: Legal information for Wet’suwet’en Solidarity for ways to keep yourself safe.
- Sign the Pledge to support the Unist’ot’en.
- If you are part of a labour union, academic department, or community group, organize to write a Solidarity Statement in support of Wet’suwet’en jurisdiction and governance. Get in touch to register – email firstname.lastname@example.org
An example of a different way to support is to make a direct contribution to the Wet’suwet’en people (links above). Or contribute to Indigenous people in the U.S. who are connected to the Wet’suwet’en. My friends at Seeding Sovereignty are collecting money so their storyteller can go to the Wet’suwet’en territory. You can contribute here: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=66aaa5
In the field that says Questions/Comments indicate “storyteller“.
So I am asking those of you who support the Wet’suwet’en and feel comfortable doing so to post your own photo on the social media platforms you use. To share your photo by sending email to your friends. And encourage your friends to take their photos, too. In addition, I would love to build a gallery of these photos. I invite you to send me your photos, or links to your photos. One way is to email them to email@example.com Thank you!
I am still trying to figure out how to take a selfie, as seen here. Obviously any photo will be greatly appreciated, selfie or not.
In response to a call for international support from the Wet’suwet’en Nation, a Palestinian collective for Indigenous sovereignty are asking fellow Palestinians everywhere to voice their solidarity and commitment to Indigenous sovereignty and resistance.Adalah Justice Project March 4, 2020
Like much of the territory that Canada today claims sovereignty over, Wet’suwet’en land was never ceded or surrendered. The current invasion of their land by the RCMP (Canada’s federal police) and Coastal GasLink Pipeline amounts to an illegal occupation by Canada.
We call on fellow Palestinians living across Palestine and the diaspora to post selfies with a declaration of your solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en and all struggles for Indigenous sovereignty.
Tag with #palestiniansforwetsuweten and #wetsuwetenstrong
Wet’suwet’en land defenders have set up camps and checkpoints to reclaim their territories and stop the multibillion-dollar CGL pipeline project from moving ahead. They have also demanded that the RCMP and CGL leave the area and halt all construction. Learn more here.
Hundreds of rallies, railway and highway blockades, and direct actions have emerged across the world in solidarity. As the Wet’suwet’en and their supporters face mounting arrests, state violence, and repression, it becomes ever more important that we form a transnational voice of opposition.
Post your selfie and a personalized message, or copy one of our sample messages:
As a Palestinian, I want to voice my solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation in their struggle against Canadian colonialism and illegal occupation
I stand with the Wet’suwet’en. From Palestine to Turtle Island, we stand together against colonialism #PalestiniansforWetsuweten #WetsuwetenStrong
Land theft, invasion, and illegal occupation? Wrong in Wet’suwet’en and wrong in Palestine. Decolonize from Palestine to Turtle Island
Canada, like Israel, was founded on the theft of lands, and the genocide and displacement of Indigenous peoples. Restriction of movement, dispossession and theft of land and water, and the creation of open-air prisons and bantustans have been strategies central to both Canadian and Israeli colonialism.
Our vigil in Des Moines, Iowa, Feb 7, 2020
Wonderful call to action… with enough thoughtful direction to help folks along! Thanks so much to you and all Quakers who care. When I was involved in trying to help save the Ancient Forests in the Walbran Valley on Vancouver Island more than 30 years ago… people from the Victoria Meeting helped us so much, notably the late and greatly missed Janet Hawksley. The Wet’suwet’en are bravely prying open the doors of justice not only for themselves but for Indigenous Peoples everywhere, in my opinion. It’s time for Justice for Indigenous Peoples!
Thank you very much for sharing this interesting history.
Mitakuye Oyasin, O’siyo. A twig of poetree elucidates 🙂
Earth Day, Sinewed Snowflakes, Fly
And rather die as a mayfly, in one day, on their feet,
Than live as long as an eagle flies, on their knees.
“… It’s funny how one insect can damage so much grain …”,
One instant can damage so much Grace,
Yet, abominable that only 400 years of supposed science has almost
Destroyed what it took The Evolution 15 billion years to create, the Earth’s life!
Extinction is forever and no one will wear it well, the corporate structure’s
Convolution need not con anyone, we let them steer our perceptions and ships.
Walking in nature’s balance, giving back to her abundance, “… we (e) …”,
Unlimited in potential, and indivisible as life, evince to be!
“… They don’t stand a chance against our … (heart),
No, they don’t stand a chance against our love …”
If you’re lifelong students, self-actuating and evolving, leaving no footprints
That followed none, they will echo forever on, in all ways, always,
Only if humanity gains the sanity to abolish the ‘use’ of fossil fuels,
Thereby abolishing global defacto-slavery, as well. Be well.
“… There’s a beacon in the sky meant to catch your eye …”,
Words weren’t meant for cowards, be brave … “.
The Cosmos can’t stop us from basing global society on scarcity, instead of nature’s abundance.
Tragically, our delusions won’t be dispelled until that premeditated extermination of 7 billion.
(Thanx to Elton John, Robbie Robertson, Happy Rhodes for their great songs lines, from: ‘In Your Empty Garden’;
‘Ghost Dance’; ‘Words Weren’t Meant For Cowards’, respectively, above- before this 48th Earth Day )
Thanx for your great worx; all you do and don’t. Have a good eve ‘🙂 reality Oyate.