People power is winning

And this is not the moment to back down. r1

Friends,

Last week, Teck Resources cancelled it’s Frontier mine because people-powered organizing has made it clear that climate action needs to be a top government priority. This weekend, the Canadian and BC governments were finally forced to the table to meet with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. Again, it was because people power made it happen.

These negotiations should have started years ago, and while they’re important, it’s clear they’re just one step on a long road to actually honouring Wet’suwet’en law and governance systems.1 That’s why, this is a moment to keep the pressure up.

Tomorrow, students across the country will walk out of their classes and stand in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and land defenders. They are asking for supporters of all generations to stand with them. See the full list of actions taking place across the country in the description of this Facebook event.

Despite this weekend’s negotiations, industry and government are digging in their heels and claiming that the Coastal GasLink pipeline must be built. It’s clear that this pipeline does not have Indigenous consent and it cannot move ahead.

That’s why, we’re following the lead of... Wet’suwet’en land defenders who are saying that this is not the time to back down.2 It’s time to stand strong. Find a Student Walkout near you.

After the walkout in Ottawa, I will join students at the Export Development Canada offices to deliver more than 30,000 signatures calling on Export Development Canada to reject a loan for the Coastal GasLink pipeline. This is your last chance to add your name to the petition before the delivery.

Onwards,

Katie

PS -- In response to the Wet’suwet’en solidarity actions, Indigenous land defenders are facing assault, hate speech, and death threats. It’s critical for as many people as possible to show up in support of Wet’suwet’en solidarity actions to keep this movement safe and strong. Please consider joining the Walkouts tomorrow to keep others safe with your presence. Read more about anti-Indigenous racism directed at land defenders here.


References:

  1. Ricochet: "‘It’s not over’: Tentative agreement with Wet’suwet’en Nation may be a milestone, but it doesn’t resolve pipeline fight."
  2. National Observer: “Draft deal between Wet’suwet’en and government explained”

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