MATCHING FUNDS: donations doubled to Unist'ot'en's urgent court case

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sDear PAOV,

Unist’ot’en is in court June 11-13 and urgently needs your support!

This week, the Unist’ot’en House of the Wet’suwet’en Nation face a grave new threat. Coastal Gas Link has applied for an interlocutory – effectively a permanent - injunction allowing encroachment on Unist’ot’en traditional territory. If granted, the injunction would prevent Unist’ot’en members from carrying out traditional activities on their unceded territory. Coastal Gas Link would be permitted to drill, build roads, erect construction camps and import hundreds of migrant workers: all to build a fracked gas pipeline.

Unist’ot’en oppose both the injunction and the pipeline. They are asking for urgent assistance from allies to push back against industry occupation.

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“Our people’s belief is that we are part of the land. The land is not separate from us. The land sustains us. And if we don’t take care of her, she won’t be able to sustain us, and we as a generation of people will die.” – Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en Hereditary Spokesperson

Since 2010, people have been so inspired by the Unist’ot’en’s peaceful resistance to pipelines through their territory, that hundreds of people have travelled to Wedzin Kwa/MoriceRiver to help build a culture camp featuring a traditional pithouse, permaculture gardens, and a Healing Centre that supports people in recovery.

It’s just not fair that a small Nation should have to shoulder the burden of fighting a costly court battle against a well-resourced corporation. While the Unist’ot’en work to reclaim land-based practices and revitalize traditional ways, Coastal Gas Link has used its own security forces and the RCMP to arrest Unist’ot’en members and interfere with inherent rights to hunt, gather, and conduct ceremony. Money that could be spent on community development has been siphoned away in an exhausting cycle of confrontation and legal wrangling.

If that wasn’t bad enough, consider this: the Unist’ot’en are being forced to go to court because industry and government are refusing to uphold Canadian — and Indigenous — law. The existence of Indigenous title was reaffirmed by Canada’s Supreme Court in the Delgamuukw case brought jointly by hereditary leadership of the Wet'suwet’en and the Gitxsan. The nation that won Delgamuukw is now having to go back to court to fend off another encroachment attempt by Coastal GasLink.

Let’s not stand by and watch as Indigenous Rights are trampled by the fracking industry, all for fossil fuel exports that threaten our very survival as a species. The Unist’ot’en and their supporters are standing strong in the face of reckless oil and gas development, while upholding stewardship practices and Indigenous laws which benefit every living being.

We are honoured to be called to stand together for this urgent legal action. Please dig deep and support the Unist’ot’ten.

With profound gratitude,

The RAVEN Team

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