All eyes on Wetsuweten

Join a solidarity action near you this week in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation r1

Friends,

We know 2020 is a critical year in the fight for our planet’s collective future. That’s why earlier this morning, organizers with Climate Justice Toronto and Rising Tide Toronto occupied the offices of one of the main financers of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in Northwestern BC. This was a response to a call for solidarity from Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, who evicted the fracked gas pipeline company from their traditional lands earlier this week.1

This occupation kicks off a wave of actions happening all across Canada in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en. See the full list of actions and sign up to join one near you for the International Week of Solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en.

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have been unequivocally clear that the Coastal GasLink pipeline does not have their consent. Despite that, BC courts have granted an injunction allowing the massive pipeline company to build this project against their wishes.

It isn’t surprising that our governments and justice system continue to violate Indigenous and international human rights laws. One year ago, the RCMP raided a Wet’suwet’en land defence camp protecting these very same lands and... waters. They showed up with military equipment, in heavy force and, as we recently learned, with approval to use deadly force against a peaceful protest.2 To quote Senator Murray Sinclair, “There has invariably been more violence from the police than from protesters in these disputes.”

These human rights violations cannot happen again. BC made a commitment to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,3 and the UN has called on Canada to stop the forced eviction of the Wet’suwet’en and not move the project further without free, prior, and informed consent.4

We need to show our governments that people all across Canada are watching, and standing with the frontlines. And they cannot continue to give corporations the green light to violate Indigenous lands. Stand with the Wet’suwet’en and join an action in your community.

Last year, we saw more people in more countries mobilize for the planet than any time in recorded history. We will need more of this energy in 2020 if we are going to win the fight against the climate crisis and rising inequality.

See you on the streets and out on the lands in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en.

In respect and peace,

Clayton Thomas-Muller

PS: Don’t see a solidarity event near you? Here are other ways you can continue to support the Wet’suwet’en and Unist’ot’en’s battle against colonization and corporate greed.


References:
1 - One Year after RCMP Raid, Tensions Rise as Wet’suwet’en Evict Pipeline Company

2 - Exclusive: Canada police prepared to shoot Indigenous activists, documents show

3 - B.C. makes history with legislation to implement UN declaration on Indigenous rights

4 - Work must stop on Trans Mountain, Site C, LNG pipeline until First Nations approval, UN committee says


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