WOW!! From the article below, “foreign investors are becoming nervous because of the ‘instability’ in the country, caused by the ongoing anti-pipelines blockages.” Congratulations to everyone involved in the Wet’suwet’en movement.
It looks like this is just the first of many victories to come. Investors in fossil fuel projects are beginning to panic as they realize the fossil fuel sources they are “banking” on may never be extracted. Resistance to fossil fuel extraction continues globally, with increasing effectiveness. Banks that fund fossil fuel projects find themselves the targets of increasingly frequent and creative resistance.
The cost of electricity from renewable energy sources continues to fall below that produced by fossil fuels. Perhaps more importantly, the future of fossil fuel extraction is increasingly problematic, while the future of renewable energy sources is “bright” 🙂
The fossil fuel industry is taking another hit as the use of fossil fuel is decreasing dramatically because transportation by airplanes, trains and cars grinds to a halt because of fears of spreading the Coronavirus.
Berkshire Hathaway has pulled out of a proposed large investment in the liquid natural gas pipeline near Quebec’s Saguenay port. Warren Buffetts’s investment company had been planning to invest $4 billion in the project.Warren Buffett’s company backs out of Quebec energy project due to anti-pipeline blockades by Sam McGriskin, The Post Millennial, March 7, 2020
The $9.5 billion LNG project is meant to be built about 230 kilometers northeast of Quebec City, according to CBC News. The marine terminal will be used to ship LNG overseas from the Saguenay port.
GNL Quebec’s head of communication Stephanie Fortin previously noted that the company had lost a major potential investor, but did not specify who.
She said that the reason the investor backed out was due to the “current Canadian political context.”
Fortin added that foreign investors are becoming nervous because of the “instability” in the country, caused by the ongoing anti-pipeline blockades.
Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidimt’en Territory 6 hrs · March 7, 2020
In the wake of limited talks between the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and representatives of the Canadian state, a sense of confusion has set in. State and corporate media outfits have added to this confusion by portraying these talks as an endpoint to the protests that have been taking place for weeks in support of Wet’suwet’en and against the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
But the fact remains that there’s been no agreement to allow for the pipeline to be built, and no calls have been made for people to take down their blockades. Despite what they want you to think… it’s not over.
#ShutDownCanada #WetsuwetenStrong #ReconciliationIsDead
Call out for supporters at Unist’ot’en Village
Right now the Unist’ot’en Camp is calling for supporters who can spend at least two weeks at camp. People who can help with cooking, dishes, splitting wood, and other camp chores with a good attitude while following Indigenous leadership are needed to help relieve folks who have been on the frontline for a long time. Learn more and apply here today
Not free for two weeks but want to help? Many people who can go to camp don’t have rides. If you can make the journey from Vancouver to Houston and back please send us an email with your availability.
In it for the long haul
This has always been a long term struggle, with the first infrastructure built at the Unist’ot’en village over a decade ago. In the last two months we have seen an explosive growth in people participating in this movement. For many these ongoing demonstrations have been their first experience with direct action or organizing.
As we continue to take action and organize in our communities, let us all be sure to make time to build relationships, share skills, and educate for long term fight. While many people have been doing this sort of work for a long time, a whole new layer of people are coming out of the woodwork to join this movement.
With these kinds of numbers and energy we are powerful, and we can win! But for many new people figuring out how to stay plugged in can be a challenge, and the lack of immediate results can be discouraging. Folks across the country are doing awesome work to build capacity and plug people in for the long term fight while they mobilize and take action.
Are you doing things like this in your community that others can replicate? Do you have organizing resources that you think others would find useful?
Send us an email and we will aggregate materials and ideas that can be reashared with this list to support the struggle moving forward!
“We say to you: you can not walk on our people anymore… you can’t do that. Those days are gone. Long gone. They should be buried.
“I’m not a big fan of canadian history. I know what history is before Canada became a country. How many of you know that there was a price on the heads of our people? $25 for the scalp of a man. $15 for the scalp of a woman. And $5 for the scalp of teenagers and babies. That’s what canadian history says to me.”
Dr Joseph Gosnell gave this speech at Hobiyee this year. As he says Hobiyee is the rising of the crescent moon. Our coastal neighbours traded with us. We would meet on the grease trail. As you can see in this video, and if you look up #Hobiyee #Hobiyee2020 their cultures are still strong – their ancestors still with them today. Much like ours. Our connections to the lands are still strong.
We drove along the river the other day, and witnessed hundreds of eagles sitting along the waters edge (and thousands of seagulls), waiting to feast on oolichan. Coastal neighbours waded out, and dipped their nets in, harvesting sustenance after a long winter… just as they did thousands of years ago.
The colonial system tried to strip Indigenous peoples of our way of life. They ripped children away and attempted forced assimilation. They criminalized us. Much like they still do today. As Dr Gosnell says though “we are not going anywhere… we are still here”. As the government attempts to portray the message that everything is peachy-keen – CGL still causes mass destruction on our territories. The BC RCMP still patrol and harass us.
Those who have decided to #RiseUp with us, have done so in a most amazing way…. Everyone has been building larger communities along the way. We recognize how important this is. We sometimes had disputes (and even more intense battles) with our coastal neighbours, but mostly, we built bonds. The bonds that were built, kept us strong. The same can be said for today. We are all in this fight to assure a viable future, for our youth, and those yet to be born.
We will keep pushing for a better tomorrow… and we are grateful for all those who stand with us.