Following is a video and some discussion questions related to this series of posts about #LANDBACK.
In this era of “reconciliation”, Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. INVASION is a film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people.
The Unist’ot’en Camp has been a beacon of resistance for nearly 10 years. It is a healing space for Indigenous people and settlers alike, and an active example of decolonization. The violence, environmental destruction, and disregard for human rights following TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) / Coastal GasLink’s interim injunction has been devastating to bear, but this fight is far from over.
Following are suggested questions for discussion after seeing the film. The questions can, of course, be used for that lands you live on.
- What is the colonial history of this region? Who occupied these lands before the establishment of the current borders & national government?
- What does anti-colonial struggle look like in this area? Are there any active anti-colonial struggles going on?
- What projects are people in this room currently engaged with that could benefit from applying more of an anti-colonial lens? What would this actually look like in practice… aside from just token acknowledgement?
- What are some of the practical things that non-Indigenous activists should know about when working with Indigenous groups, or in Indigenous-led campaigns?
- What financial institutions, politicians, or corporations based in your community are supporting the destruction of Wet’suwet’en lands?
- What are some ways of demonstrating material support for the Unis’tot’en and Wet’suwet’en? How can you support Wet’suwet’en sovereignty from your stand?