[Sjsall] Reconciliation is Still Dead: Rally for Wet'suwet'en

Dear Friends of SJS,

Reconciliation is Still Dead: Rally for Wet'suwet'en

https://www.facebook.com/events/200190552205282

On Tuesday, October 5th at 12.00PM we will be rallying at Centennial Square in support of the Wet'suwet'en nation in its continued fight against Coastal GasLink. After gathering together, we will then be marching to the Environmental Assessment Office at 836 Yates to bring attention to its role in abetting CGL's intentions to drill under the Wedzin Kwa.

As Indigenous people we honour and respect the will of the hereditary chiefs of the five Wet'suwet'en clans and demand respect for Indigenous law and sovereignty. As settlers, we seek to help take responsibility for the colonial institutions causing violence against Wet'suwet'en land and people.

CONTEXT:

Early in the morning on September 25th, in the face of continuing destruction of Gidimt'en land and sacred sites, members of Cas Yikh house and supporters took control of access to the site where CGL plans to drill under the Wedzin Kwa. Since, people have been tasered, arrested and harassed for enacting Wet'suwet'en law. Unlike the colonial government, we are listening to the five hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en and inviting people to come... and amplify the call for the RCMP and CGL to leave the Wet'suwet'en Yintah forever. Beyond Wet’suwet’en territory, drilling beneath the Wedzin Kwa will put connecting rivers throughout other Nation’s territories at risk as well.

This event is being organized by a small group of Indigenous and settler people living on Lkwungen territory seeking to respond to Wet’suwet’en’s call for support. If there are concerns or questions about this event, please contact Gina Mowatt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Seb Bonet (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

For Updates from Wet’suwet’en, please see: Gidimt’en Checkpoint on Facebook.

Margo L. Matwychuk, PhD

Director, Social Justice Studies

University of Victoria

Territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSANEC Peoples

PO Box 1700 STN CSC

Victoria BC V8W 2Y2

Office: Cornett B210

PH: (250) 721-6283

FAX: (250) 721-6215

We acknowledge and respect the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples on whose unceded territory the university stands and whose relationships with the land continue to this day.

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