Wet’suwet’en Solidary Art Challenge

You probably know of my interest in the struggles of the Wet’suwet’en peoples in British Columbia, as they have tried to stop the construction of the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline through their unceded territory.

Many of you know of my interest and concern to have more young people involved in this work. If you are connected with young people you might consider these opportunities to share with them.

Through the magic of ZOOM, I have been blessed to see and hear some of my ‘heroes’ from these struggles via ZOOM.

Tonight is a ZOOM movie night. Invasion! is a short and powerful video. Kahnesatake is over an hour long. I imagine the ‘short community discussion’ after will be very interesting.

Movie Night!
Time: Wednesday April 15 @ 10 p.m. EST
ZOOM: https://zoom.us/j/97681867990?pwd=dFBDbXdwSzVmMk9wbkZMN0IweFczdz09 Password: 085949
Description: Online double film screening and a short community discussion; DOUBLE FEATURE: Invasion! & Kahnesatake: 270 Years of Resistance

The specific thing I’m writing to you about is the Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Art Challenge tomorrow.  See below. I’m sure many of you and your children are quite artistic.

Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Art Challenge
Time: Morning to Midnight 
Tag @abolishicesf (on instagram), and post with #WetsuwetenStrong and #SolidarityArtChallenge in caption
Description: Artists of all mediums! Start and try to finish a piece in one day, posting on instagram any time before midnight on Thursday.

I’ve been led to learn as much as I can and be as involved as I can in the Wet’suwet’en struggles for several reasons, including keeping fossil fuels in the ground, and stopping the construction of pipelines that cause so much damage as they are built, and invariable leak. And related to what I’ve been learning about Indigenous cultures, including land rights.

The Wet’suwet’en people are asking us to support them. There is little mainstream news coverage of their struggles. They ask us again and again to help spread the word about their nonviolent resistance actions to protect their land.

I created a Facebook page to try to do some of that here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/808785242957789

I hope you might consider working on some solidarity art. I’d love to have a copy of what you do. You can send yours using the Instagram information below, or send it to me and I’ll post it for you.

jakislin@outlook.com


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