'It's Going To Be A Hot Indian Summer': Secwepemc Women Warriors Call Land Defenders To BC (and vid)
"...She also issued a call to warriors across Turtle Island. 'I want to let the warriors know that we need their help right now and to make their way to BC. It's going to be a hot Indian Summer.' She also addressed federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, who she said, 'has to respect Secwepemc law, and she has to respect Indigenous title and start respecting and acknowledging our Indigenous title.'
In a recent interview with APTN, DT Cochrane, an economist and researcher with the Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, said Canada's purchase of the pipeline and its hopes of selling to private investors are 'untenable' due to the outstanding issue of Aboriginal title on unceded Secwepemc and other First Nations' lands.
Cochrane said that local Indigenous resistance to the pipeline, which is led by grassroots people and Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies in BC and across Canada, makes the project's 'unquestionable risk' the 'death for any potential asset'. 'If you cannot assess the risk of an asset, you cannot price an asset - so how could investors personally back that asset?
At a May 2 press conference announcing the Chiefs of Ontario who represent 133 First Nations in that province, were joining the Treaty Alliance, Squamish Nation councillor Khelsilem predicted the Indigenous-led resistance to Trans-Mountain would be big. 'I think we're seeing the beginning of what will become the largest civil disobedience in Canadian history,' he said.
Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr has indicated that the Trudeau government will not rule out using police or military force to quash resistance to the pipeline.
'We're stopping pipelines. That's why we're here. We are pipeline fighters. We're land defenders. We're water protectors. We're the Indigenous women of this land. We are the title holders of this land. We are the mothers. We are your sisters. We are your aunties, and we are your godmothers. And we are calling for all of our people who care for our water, those that are serious in stopping the pipeline, to join with the Tiny House Warriors as we shut this pipeline down."
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