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The Unist’ot’en camp
is currently on high alert. Coastal GasLink Pipeline has applied for an injunction, as well as served notice for a civil lawsuit to claim financial damages for “occupying, obstructing, blocking, physically impeding or delaying access”. Coastal Gaslink’s application for an injunction will be heard on Monday December 10.
Instead of recognizing the collective hereditary leadership of the Wet’suwet’en, the legal notices target two individuals Freda Huson and Warner Naziel.
The TransCanada Coastal GasLink pipeline will run approximately 670 kilometres across Northern B.C. It is part of a recently-approved $40 billion fracked gas project LNG Canada that is the single largest private sector investment in Canadian history. The provincial government recently announced tax breaks for this LNG project even though the biggest driver of climate change in the province over the coming decades will be from the LNG industry.
The injunction application and civil lawsuit by Coastal GasLink ignores the jurisdiction and authority of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and feast system of governance. It is also counter to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which protects Indigenous right to self-determination including Article 10 that stipulates “Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories.”
“The land is not separate from us. The land sustains us. And if we don’t take care of her, she won’t be able to sustain us, and we as a generation of people will die.” – Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en Hereditary Spokesperson.
Join a growing group who are pledging to stand with Unist’ot’en including 350 dot org, Burnaby Residents Opposing Kinder Morgan Expansion, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives BC Office, Civil Liberties Defense Center, Dogwood BC, Greenpeace Canada, Idle No More, International League of Peoples Struggle, Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Secwepemc Women Warriors, Sierra Club BC, Stand dot earth, The Leap, The Red Nation, Wilderness Committee, City Councillors Keenan Aylwin, Rev. Christine Boyle, Jean Swanson, and Pete Fry, and a number of renowned artists and authors.
PLEDGE TO STAND WITH UNIST’OT’EN:
1. WE COMMEND the courage and vision of Unist’ot’en Camp.
2. WE ARE WATCHING across the province, country and internationally.
3. WE DENOUNCE any attempt by Coastal GasLink Pipeline, federal government, provincial government or RCMP to interfere in the rights of the Unist’ot’en to occupy, manage or maintain their lands.
4. WE DEMAND that any and all actions taken by the federal and provincial government, industry, and policing agencies must be consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Anuk Nu’at’en (Wet’suwet’en laws) and collective Title.
5. WE PLEDGE support to the frontline land defenders of Unist’ot’en Camp and affirm the collective hereditary governance of the Wet’suwet’en who are enforcing Wet’suwet’en laws on their unceded lands.