Unist'ot'en

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Coastal GasLink is suing Unist'ot'en Camp in an attempt to bankrupt the land protectors while it destroys their land to makes millions off a massive fracked gas pipeline.

Timing is critical as Coastal GasLink is already destroying Wet'suwet'en property with its construction activiity.

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Images of militarized RCMP officers brutally arresting Wet’suwet’en land protectors flooded the news after January 7th’s violent enforcement of an... interim injunction to start work on a fracked gas pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory. It was disturbing to see peaceful women and elders faced with assault rifles for protecting their own land.

And just this week, BC's Environmental Assessment Office stated that TransCanada's Coastal GasLink was not compliant with the pre-construction requirements. This corresponds with the Wet'suwet'en Nation statement declaring Coastal GasLink willfully, illegally, and violently destroyed the Nation’s property.

Coastal GasLink has no right to be on Wet’suwet’en land. Under Wet’suwet’en law, all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals and have not provided free, prior, and informed consent to Coastal Gaslink or TransCanada to do work on Wet’suwet’en lands. Yet, despite this, it is suing Unist’ot’en Camp, a small community with limited resources, for protecting their land from a massive fracked gas pipeline.

Unist’ot’en camp is getting ready to go to court. The Wet’suwet’en have never lost in Canada’s courts and, with your support, they can win again.

Can you chip in to help Unist’ot’en camp fight TransCanada’s destructive pipeline?
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The BC and Canadian governments continue to put the interests of gas giants like Coastal GasLink before their commitments to the Indigenous peoples of this land. Not only are they blatantly ignoring the historic ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada that recognized Wet’suwet’en title and jurisdiction to govern their lands under their hereditary system of governance, but also their stated commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Unist’ot’en Camp started in 2010 as a way for the Unist’ot’en to protect their land from several proposed pipelines and assert their right to self-governance. Since then, the Camp has helped Wet’suwet’en people reclaim their culture, reconnect with their land and heal from the brutal legacy of residential schools.

After the RCMP blocked off access to their land and brutally arrested 14 land protectors, the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs agreed to let Coastal GasLink a temporarily work behind the Unist’ot’en gate to avoid further trauma to their people. However, the fight is far from over. Unist’ot’en Camp is going to court to fight the injunction and Coastal GasLink. And we believe the Camp will win. After all, Wet'suwet'en have never lost in the Canadian courts.

Can you chip in today to support Unist’ot’en camp’s legal battle?
(You’ll be sent to their secure donation page directly)

Already SumOfUs members have supported the Unist’ot’en camp and the Wet’suwet’en people. When SumOfUs members found out that the RCMP was about to enforce Coastal GasLink illegal injunction, over 10,000 of you sent messages directly to powerful decision makers to speak out against the injunction.

We know that we will never have the financial might of oil and gas giants like Coastal GasLink. But when each other us pitch in a little we can make a real difference.

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Thanks for all that you do,
Angus, Amelia and the team at SumOfUs


More information:

Unist'ot'en Camp
Wet'suwet'en members say pipeline company removed cultural property, CTV, 28 January 2019
The Wet’suwet’en and B.C.’s gas-pipeline battle: A guide to the story so far, The Globe and Mail, 11 January 2019


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