Dogwood News This Week: doing the dirty work

Email Template r1 Dogwood Your place for news and action For more than 160 years, the Crown has fought a war against the sovereign, independent nations that govern the lands where we live.

When RCMP snipers jump out of helicopters on Wet’suwet’en territory, they wear the crown of the British monarch as part of the badge velcroed to their green fatigues.

When unarmed land defenders are seized at gunpoint and marched into court in leg irons, the judge hands down their sentence under... the royal coat of arms.

The injunctions, the police and the courts are all part of a foreign system imposed on Indigenous lands and people through force. And the punishment is getting worse.

Under the BC NDP, Crown prosecutors successfully jailed Indigenous elders for leading ceremonies outside the Trans Mountain tank farm. They have now laid criminal contempt charges against 19 opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

The maximum sentence is five years in prison. It’s a transparent attempt to clear a path for not just one, but three pipelines through Wet’suwet’en territory.

Rather than deal with the underlying question of who owns the land, our government is doing the dirty work of the international oil and gas industry – all of it paid for by us.

As the BC NDP march toward a coronation of their own, it’s worth asking the frontrunner in the leadership race, David Eby, what will change if he becomes premier. After all, he’s the Crown’s top lawyer.
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