Yesterday was huge

5,000 students taking action and 35,000 signatures delivered to Export Development Canada r1

Friends,

Yesterday, over 5,000 students on 38 campuses walked out of classes in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. Young people from Prince Edward Island to Vancouver Island stood together to demand that the RCMP and Coastal GasLink fully withdraw from unsurrendered Wet’suwet’en territory immediately. It was one of the biggest moments of collective solidarity yet, and a clear sign that the Wet’suwet’en solidarity movement isn’t slowing down.

Watch the national student walkout wrap up video here. Please note that this link will take you to a video posted on Facebook.

As students took to the streets in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders, we delivered over 35,000 signatures to Export Development Canada, calling on them to reject a multi-million dollar loan for the Coastal GasLink Pipeline.1

A massive crowd joined my teammate Katie as she, in partnership with Leadnow and Oil Change International, delivered over 35,000 signatures to Export Development Canada. Photo Credit: Canute Planthara

If you haven’t signed the petition yet, it's not too late! Tell Export Development Canada that it’s unacceptable... to loan out millions in public money to the Coastal GasLink pipeline. We will make sure your message reaches Export Development Canada.

Despite the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs making it clear that this project lacks Indigenous consent, industry and government are still set on pushing the Coastal GasLink pipeline through. Wet’suwet’en land defenders have called for national solidarity actions demanding an end to RCMP and Coastal GasLink presence on their unceded ancestral lands. See the supporter toolkit here to learn about all the ways that you can take action.

I was honoured to join one of the four walk-outs led by Indigenous youth here on unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver, where I live. As we marched together to disrupt business as usual in the city, it felt so clear that this movement is about so much more than a pipeline -- it’s about taking a stand against the ongoing colonial violence that Indigenous peoples have faced for generations.

This movement is about building a better future where Indigenous rights and title are upheld and there is dignity and justice for all.

In solidarity,

Atiya

PS -- In response to the Wet’suwet’en solidarity actions, seven Indigenous youth were invited by Scott Fraser, BC Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, to discuss the Wet’suwet’en struggle. After a number of hours, discussions broke down. Ultimately, 5 of the 7 youth were detained inside the B.C. legislature and arrested behind closed doors with no access to legal counsel or explanation. As of this morning, the 5 Indigenous youth have been released. Follow Indigenous Youth for Wet’suwet’en on social media to learn how you can support their peaceful occupation of the B.C. legislature.


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