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Unist'ot'en Camp (and vid)

https://twitter.com/UnistotenCamp/status/1088177239009615872

"Yesterday Coastal Gaslink contractors illegally bulldozed through one of our traplines. Damage to the trapline is a direct attack on our healing center and the well being of our Wet'suwet'en people. CGL continues to disrespect our yintah, our culture and our traditions."

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From Red River to Unist'ot'en: An Unconventional Timeline of Police Repression

http://thevolcano.org/2019/01/22/from-red-river-to-unistoten/

"Settlers don't always like to admit their mistakes..."

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CGL temporarily shuts down pipeline work due to safety concerns

Coastal GasLink says it temporarily shut down work in Wet’suwet’en territory Thursday due to safety concerns.

CGL says a number of unauthorized people entered an active construction zone to place traps, which it says puts both heavy equipment crews and trappers at risk.

Unist’ot’en members say Coastal GasLink workers blocked access to Wet’suwet’en traplines.  They say they’re also concerned about their sweat lodge, which they fear might be damaged in the future.

The developments follow accusations earlier this week by Unist’ot’en members that CGL crews conducting preliminary work for the Coastal GasLink pipeline bulldozed through one of their trap lines.

In a Facebook post, the Unist’ot’en said the damage represented a direct attack on their healing center, the wellness of the Wet’suwet’en, and is a violation of the Wildlife Act.

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Broken Promises: CGL, RCMP Block Unist’ot’en Matriarch from Accessing Land, Violate Wildlife Act

Coastal GasLink continues to bulldoze our trap lines and destroy our land, pushing Wet’suwet’en people aside with support from the RCMP. The destruction of our trap lines is a direct threat to the programming of our Healing Centre and the wellness of our clients. We know from our oral histories that this area, now being destroyed for a CGL man camp, has been used by our trappers for thousands of years.

To date, Coastal GasLink has still not undertaken proper consultation or made any agreement with our Hereditary Chiefs. We do not consent to any aspect of this project. We have notified CGL that they are in violation of the Wildlife Act, but they continue to deny us access and destroy our traps.

Under the threat of imminent police violence, our Chiefs reached an agreement with the RCMP to comply with CGL’s temporary injunction. That agreement states “there will not be any RCMP interference with our members regarding access to the territory for the purposes of trapping and/or other traditional practices.”

Now, our trappers are being told they face arrest if they attempt to access their traplines, while CGL bulldozers are being permitted to plow through them.

In this video, Unist’ot’en member Brenda Michell speaks to CGL contractors and RCMP. RCMP Officer Cook is seen consulting with CGL employees before threatening Michell with arrest.

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Round dance for Wet'suwet'en occupies downtown Edmonton intersection

Rush hour drivers in downtown Edmonton saw an unusual traffic disruption Tuesday afternoon — a protest in a busy intersection.

The intersection on 104th Street and Jasper Avenue was blocked for nearly an hour starting at 5:45 p.m., as about 100 people took part in a round dance. Police helped re-direct traffic around the drummers and dancers.

Members of Indigenous Climate Action and Climate Justice Edmonton organized the event to show solidarity with members of the Wet'suwet'en Nation in northern B.C., who have been protesting the construction of a natural gas pipeline on traditional territory.

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"This event with the RCMP going in with militarized equipment onto unceded land is Canada again committing settler-colonial violence," said Thundering-Antler, who noted his family is made up of residential school survivors.

"I wasn't able to stand up against the government and the RCMP when they were taking children away, but I am able to do something today."

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Statement of Support for Unist’ot’en Camp and Wet’suwet’en Leadership

The Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre (DEWC) stands in support with Unist’ot’en Camp and Wet’suwet’en Leadership in their peaceful defense of Wet’suwet’en lands in northern British Columbia against Coastal Gaslink Pipeline. The 1997 Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa case confirmed Wet’suwet’en’s title and rights to these lands as represented and held by their hereditary leaders; moreover, these lands are unceded.

DEWC membership is comprised of majority Indigenous women, low-income and working class women, most of whom are survivors of violence. DEWC recognizes that the same systemic violence that deeply affects Indigenous women takes many forms: in this case, militarized enforcement by the government removing unarmed women and Elders from their traditional lands, disrespecting hereditary leadership, and disrupting healing work and ceremony. Unist’ot’en conducts invaluable work for Indigenous people affected by intergenerational trauma, substance use, abuse, and other lasting effects of colonial violence (ex. residential schools and cultural genocide), work that is imperative to women in the Downtown Eastside community and to true reconciliation. We condemn the actions of the federal and provincial government, the courts and police in granting the injunction to TransCanada’s Coastal Gaslink project and criminalizing Indigenous people protecting their traditional lands and territory.

In 2016, the government of Canada signed onto the United Nations Declarations of the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) as a full supporter, without qualification. UNDRIP mandates free, prior and informed consent for any project crossing Indigenous land, which has unequivocally been denied by all five Wet’suwet’en clans. Article 10 of UNDRIP clearly states that “Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their land or territories,” while at Gidimt’en Access Point, militarized RCMP arrested land defenders with snipers and automatic weapons on hand. We strongly urge the implementation of UNDRIP at every level, the fulfillment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)’s 94 Calls to Action, and concrete acknowledgement — and sustained action — on the severity of violence faced by Indigenous women.

DEWC is a non-profit that receives government funding for our work of providing refuge, vital needs, and a spectrum of support to women in the Downtown Eastside. We call on all levels of government to recognize that violence against Indigenous land, violence against water protectors and land defenders, and violence against women are interrelated: in the Downtown Eastside and across Turtle Island (North America).

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Coastal GasLink and RCMP Violating Gidimt’en Sovereignty and Own Agreement

Over the weekend Coastal GasLink willfully, illegally, and violently destroyed Gidimt’en cultural infrastructure and personal property on Gidimt’en territory without our consent. This was our infrastructure to be on our land and exercise our land-based culture. Coastal GasLink’s attack on our cultural practices - with RCMP’s active complicity - is an attack on our sovereignty and an attack on our way of life.

This is an area, at 44 km, where Coastal GasLink have not obtained permits and is not even included in their proposed plans. Coastal GasLink did not provide any copies of permits for work to be undertaken in Gidimt’en territory, nor does our cultural infrastructure constitute an ‘obstruction’ within the limits of the interim injunction. Therefore, Coastal GasLink has no permits, authority, or legal rights to dismantle our cultural site or property. They illegally destroyed Gidimt’en cultural infrastructure and property with the support of the RCMP, who watched this happen and acted as industry’s private bodyguards. The RCMP have been notified of Coastal GasLink’s illegal activity under their own law, and the Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt’en territory is pursuing criminal charges into destruction of property and mischief by Coastal GasLink....

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RCMP on sidelines as TransCanada bulldozes Wet’suwet’en land

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Pipelines over traplines

Since the truce, TransCanada has continued construction activities, working between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., as mandated by the interim injunction.

The latest developments occurred on Friday, Jan. 25, as company workers bulldozed a trapline belonging to members of the Unist'ot'en House. This trapline had been set well before the injunction was served, and Huson said that TransCanada had no authority to destroy it. Huson also alleged that the recent activities violate Section 46 of the provincial Wildlife Act, which says "a person who knowingly damages or interferes with a lawfully set trap commits an offence."

Under conditions of the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC), pipeline companies are required to complete site-specific archeological surveys, before undertaking any clearing work on proposed man-camp sites. In their injunction application, TransCanada acknowledged that these archeological surveys had not yet been completed, and the Office of the Wet'suwet'en and Unist'ot'en House both confirm that they have not received evidence of these legally required site-specific surveys.

Huson said the surveys are critical, as many of the proposed work sites include historical encampments, artifacts and grave sites.

The Unist'ot'en House has called for immediate stop-work orders, to address and investigate potential and ongoing violations of the conditions of their Environmental Assessment Certificate and BCOGC permits. They are currently consulting with legal experts to understand how to continue to assert their rights and address violations under Canadian laws. Their rights and responsibilities under ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet'suwet'en laws) remain clear, members stress.

"It feels like our hands are tied," Huson said. "Our people keep getting threatened for arrests. Our ceremony sites are blocked. They're backing an illegal project that's destroying peoples' livelihoods."

The Environmental Assessment Certificate also requires that the pipeline company notify all tenure holders in the area affected by pipeline construction, six months before construction activity that could impact their tenure. "Chief Knedebeas holds trapline tenure for the Unist'ot'en territory and was notified by the company that site clearing and construction on Camp 9A would not begin until 2020," Huson said.

Kent Karemaker, media relations spokesperson for the B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources confirmed that the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) Compliance and Enforcement (C&E) received complaints relating to the construction activities of the Coastal Gaslink by the Wet'suwet'en.

"EAO C&E has since been in contact with the Oil and Gas Commission (OGC), the Conservation Officer Service as well as other relevant provincial agencies," Karemaker told National Observer in an email. "The EAO C&E will be conducting a joint site inspection with the OGC this week to evaluate the complaint directly. We anticipate that it will take some time subsequently to determine whether any non-compliances are evident and, if so, the appropriate enforcement action."

"Everybody is so exhausted. The company doesn't work on Sundays, so we did ceremony all day Sunday," she said. "They're not telling us anything. The only time we get information from them is when they're making demands. It feels like all the officials, the government, and police, are all backing the project and acting as security for the company."

The agreement made between the RCMP and hereditary chiefs on Jan. 10, states that "there will not be any RCMP interference with Wet'suwet'en members regarding access to their territories for the purposes of trapping and/or other traditional practices," but Huson said the agreement has not been upheld. RCMP officers have threatened trappers with arrest for attempting to access their traplines, and warned patients of the Unist'ot'en Healing Centre that they could be arrested for participating in ceremony, she said.

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..more from above

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On Jan. 25, TransCanada employees destroyed Gidimt'en cultural infrastructure and personal property on Gidimt'en territory, also without the clan's consent, Wet'suwet'en members say. According to a press statement released by the Gidimt'en Access Point, TransCanada destroyed property in an area where the company has not obtained permits, and an area not included in their proposed plans.

"Coastal GasLink did not provide any copies of permits for work to be undertaken in Gidimt'en territory, nor does our cultural infrastructure constitute an 'obstruction' within the limits of the interim injunction," Monday's press statement said. "The RCMP have been notified of TransCanada's illegal activity under their own law, and the Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en territory is pursuing criminal charges into destruction of property and mischief."

Jen Wickham, a spokesperson for the Gidimt'en Access Point, told National Observer that they would be seeking thousands of dollars in compensation for damages done to their property.

"They have no legal permit to enter our territory," Wickham said over the phone. "They said they have a work permit, but they have yet to produce one. They said they would leave one at the RCMP office in Houston, but it's not there yet. I suspect they will be running out to apply for a permit."

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..at the bottom of this support piece is a very long list of musicians who have signed on.

To Unist’ot’en Camp, Land defenders in Wet’suwet’en territory,

On January 7th, 2019 we watched, infuriated as a militarized RCMP forced the removal of 14 land protectors from Wet’suwet’en territory at gunpoint. The continued invasion of unceded Wet’suwet’en land by Coastal GasLink pipeline workers without your consent violates Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution, the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People and ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en Law). We have heard your hereditary chiefs say “No” to the Coastal Gaslink development and we intend to amplify it. 

We call the Canadian government to account.  As musicians, we know a PR campaign when we see one: since 2015 Justin Trudeau has promoted a message of Truth and Reconciliation and professed the goal of building meaningful nation-to-nation relationships, but his government’s actions don’t align.  Meaningful nation-to-nation relationships are not made at gunpoint.  In response to questions regarding the violence in Wet’suwet’en last week, Trudeau said that it wasn’t “ideal” but that Canada is “a country of the rule of law” inferring that his hands were tied. In fact, he was sidestepping the inconvenient truth that the Supreme Court of Canada found in the 1997 Delgamuukw decision that Indigenous land rights and title were not extinguished at the time of colonization.  As such, the Canadian rule of law states that Wet’suwet’en nation’s hereditary leaders have decision making power on their unceded territory.

Many of us grew up in Canada as uninvited guests, misinformed about Canadian history and the settler-colonial project of expansion. It’s 2019, and we refuse a willful ignorance, and take seriously the responsibility dealt to all Canadians by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to learn about Canada’s legacy of colonial violence. We recognize the pattern of the RCMP’s role in expanding Canadian influence over Indigenous peoples’ lands for the purpose of resource extraction. We are horrified by the violence of last week and the RCMP’s continued harassment of your people, and troubled by the exclusion zones erected to keep the press from reporting and Wet’suwet’en citizens from returning to their homes....

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..watch the video to see the speaker make his case.

Canada Hates Indigenous People

Our Elders wept as they surveyed the damage left behind by CGL at a trapping site our people have always used. A day after a sweat ceremony, with RCMP threatening the arrest of our trappers and healing centre clients, CGL contractors illegally destroyed the rest of one of our traplines.

We see daily how RCMP permits CGL to break Canadian laws, while we are threatened with arrest for exercising our rights and title. We have never ceded or surrendered our rights to this land, and we never will.

We abide by their injunction and all that we have asked is that they uphold their own laws. The RCMP has openly violated its agreement with our chiefs. They waste our time daily. CGL continuously harasses our healing centre clients, while RCMP threatens enforcement.

Canada hates us. Canada hates Wet’suwet’en, Mi’kmaq, Tahtlan, Nehiyaw, Anishinaabe, Kaska, Denesuline, Secwepemc, and the list goes on. Canada hates us all.

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Wet’suwet’en solidarity actions continue from coast to coast to coast

January 30, 2019

On January 7, 2019 militarized RCMP invaded and occupied unceded Wet'suwet'en territories to try to forcibly clear a path for a fracked gas pipeline owned by Coastal Gaslink (TransCanada), arresting 14 Indigenous land defenders. The temporary agreement that was reached has since been breached as the company has illegally destroyed traplines of two different clans of the Wet'suwet'en Nation.

But Wet'suwet'en land defenders have been fighting to protect their land and sovereignty for decades -- including the 1997 Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa court case and the Unist'ot'en Camp that has blocked pipelines and healed the land since 2009 -- and they will not stop here.

Council of Canadians supporters and chapter activists have been taking part in solidarity actions from coast to coast to coast, and there are many more planned. Find an upcoming event near you here, and find more ways to stand in solidarity via the Wet'suwet'en Strong Supporter Toolkit that has been released....

A round dance in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en blocks an intersection in Edmonton on January 22. Photo by Abdul Malik.

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..watch the video to see the speaker make his case.

Canada Hates Indigenous People

Our Elders wept as they surveyed the damage left behind by CGL at a trapping site our people have always used. A day after a sweat ceremony, with RCMP threatening the arrest of our trappers and healing centre clients, CGL contractors illegally destroyed the rest of one of our traplines.

We see daily how RCMP permits CGL to break Canadian laws, while we are threatened with arrest for exercising our rights and title. We have never ceded or surrendered our rights to this land, and we never will.

We abide by their injunction and all that we have asked is that they uphold their own laws. The RCMP has openly violated its agreement with our chiefs. They waste our time daily. CGL continuously harasses our healing centre clients, while RCMP threatens enforcement.

Canada hates us. Canada hates Wet’suwet’en, Mi’kmaq, Tahtlan, Nehiyaw, Anishinaabe, Kaska, Denesuline, Secwepemc, and the list goes on. Canada hates us all.

couldn't get angrier after this.

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How B.C. quietly found a way to permit natural gas plants without environmental reviews

On April 16, 2014, the B.C. government was forced to rescind a controversial piece of legislation just two days after it came into force.

The slap-dash rule in question exempted proposed natural gas plants from undergoing environmental assessments.

It was a change fossil fuel companies and major donors to the then-ruling BC Liberals had been clamouring for as they ramped up drilling and fracking for natural gas in the northeast of the province.

Yet 48 hours after the exemption was put in place through an Order in Council, B.C.’s Environment Minister, Mary Polak, was forced to issue a mea culpa that hinted at an embarrassing lack of consultation with First Nations.

Nearly five years later, the events surrounding Polak’s jaw-dropping turnaround are worth revisiting in light of the current government’s overhaul of B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Actthe same piece of legislation that Polak so ill-advisedly set out to change.

Internal documents show industry request for exemption

Thanks to documents the Fort Nelson First Nation obtained through a Freedom of Information request, we know more about what happened back in Polak’s day.

Those documents clearly show that Canada’s preeminent fossil fuel industry lobby organization — the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers — wanted the change that Polak signed into law.

So did Encana Corporation — one of the province’s top natural gas producers and a substantial political donor, primarily to the BC Liberals but also to the NDP.

With the stroke of her pen, Polak formally ended the requirement that “upstream” natural gas processing plants must undergo provincial environmental assessments.

The change paved the way for speedy approval of such plants, of which Encana was known to want to build three. The plants, now built, owned and operated by Veresen Midstream LP, were designed to take raw gas from the growing network of drilled and fracked natural gas wells in northeast B.C., strip the gas of valuable liquids such as condensate, and then send the processed gas on its way to customers.

The same documents also show that Polak’s staff and others in government knew that what they were doing would be vigorously opposed by First Nations, whom they had pointedly failed to consult.

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Current B.C. government upholding back door exemption

This is the legacy that the current government inherited.

It knows that allowing the Environmental Assessment Office to retain broad discretionary powers to exempt major projects from formal environmental assessments is an affront to the very idea of free, informed prior consent — a cornerstone of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which the current government has sworn to uphold.

Unfortunately, the government’s recent revisions to the Act would see the Environmental Assessment Office retain the same sweeping discretionary powers as before, with the only caveat being that if the office recommends a project be exempted from review, then the minister would have to sign the actual exemption order itself.

This minor change marks a tiny step forward by placing the onus on the minister, but it is hardly one that should comfort First Nations or the general public.

All major industrial projects have environmental impacts.

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Colonial frontlines in the city: urban Indigenous organizing

In so-called Canada, urban Indigenous organizers are re-energizing a decades-old struggle by redefining Indigenous sovereignty in the city streets.

“I brought you all some water,” I said to the ragtag crew of six holding our “All Nations Unite With Wet’suwet’en” banner across the lane of semi-truck traffic heaving out of the Port of Vancouver. We had been standing, rotating positions, for five hours now.

A hundred feet away, 200 people formed a square around the intersection of Hastings Street and Clark Drive, blocking semis, buses, and drivers headed to the glass towers of downtown. At the center of the intersection, Elders from local nations sang and drummed. With a pivot of their feet, they honored the four directions: north, south, east, and west.

I walked back to the intersection and stood with the man from yesterday’s march. He had been making his way through the crowd, offering people sage for smudging, a common cleansing ceremony. He held out his hands.

“I have to go soon. I didn’t smudge you yet. I want to give you this.” His hands held the abalone shell, the burning medicine, and feathers. Then, he looked me steadily in the eye and said, “I see you. We see you.”

Tears blurred my vision. I brought the smudge bowl to the table under the tent and cleared away bags of chips and plastic containers of muffins. I smudged. The medicine drifted through the air, and Dennis, the man from Moricetown on the Wet’suwet’en nation, walked away, toward the east. I held the feathers until, exhausted and triumphant, we marched out of the intersection as the winter dusk fell in the late afternoon.

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..more from the above piece.

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That day, January 9, 2019, urban Native organizers led a six-hour blockade of the Port of Vancouver. We were responding to attacks by the RCMP, Canada’s paramilitary police force, on Wet’suwet’en people who have reoccupied their territory since 2010. The RCMP have been authorized by the British Columbia Supreme Court to forcibly clear a path for the construction stage of Coastal GasLink’s fracked gas pipeline. We targeted the Port because it is one of the most valuable economic sites in Vancouver, with goods worth hundreds of thousands of dollars passing through each hour. We targeted the Port to show the colonial state that Indigenous people will not sit quietly by while our cousins and comrades are under attack.

Since December 10, 2018, we have organized five other solidarity actions in Vancouver. We have occupied Coastal GasLink’s corporate offices; organized three simultaneous sit-ins of New Democrat Party (NDP) politicians’ offices (the “progressive” Party in BC under whose direction the RCMP is acting); led a march through downtown that blocked two bridges; mobilized 1,500 people into the streets of Vancouver to hear inspiring speeches; and, most recently, blockaded a rail line that leads into and out of the Port.

These actions have been strong, righteous acts of solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation in northern British Columbia. As urban Native organizers, we stand by our cousins and comrades at Wet’suwet’en.

This moment of organizing is fierce, but within our own communities, we talk quietly about the absence of sustained urban Native organizing, outside of the “flashpoints” of solidarity actions that we often lead in the city for Indigenous land defenders on the remote frontlines. In settler-colonial Canada, these flashpoints inevitably come every few years, but our organizing does not sustain itself beyond our reactions to violations of Indigenous sovereignty on the land.

Many of us wonder: where is our movement?

Red Power Roots

There is an incredible history of urban Native organizing in Canada and the United States. One of the most famous was the Indigenous sovereigntist Red Power movement, which was most active and visible between the 1960s and the 1980s. Many groups organized during Red Power, but perhaps the most popularly known organization is the American Indian Movement.

Red Power was sparked when Indigenous fishing rights, secured through treaties, were threatened. In response, Indigenous activists in Washington State staged “fish-ins,” risking arrest to fish in their own waters. Then in 1969, the 19-month reoccupation of Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay gained massive mainstream media attention and pushed issues of Native sovereignty and rights into the public discourse. Red Power was a pan-Indian movement that focused on unity between diverse Indigenous nations in the face of the colonial states of the US and Canada.

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..my final addition from the above piece.

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Urban Natives in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

In between these two tendencies, I have quietly fought to carve out space for urban Natives to make connections with our cousins and comrades at Wet’suwet’en, and elsewhere. In Vancouver, I have been organizing with an ad hoc coalitional group that includes both settlers and Indigenous people. We come from different organizations and different politics and backgrounds. Our greatest shared point of unity is the political principle of Indigenous sovereignty, and a belief, different as it may be given our social and historical positions, in our responsibility to respond to this moment of colonial attack on Indigenous sovereignty in the streets.

Our work responds to two challenges: one is to create a place in Indigenous sovereignty movements to ensure that land defense politics also see the city as land; the second is to find a place for Indigenous struggles within class-based urban grassroots movements, which tend to elide the very real forces of colonialism that also structure the city.

In addition to my involvement with Wet’suwet’en solidarity organizing, I have been a member for the past seven years in an anti-capitalist and anti-colonial organization, Alliance Against Displacement. Our community organizing work has tended to focus on low-income struggles, homeless tent cities, and renter’s struggles. More recently we have started a campaign led by trans women called Bread, Roses and Hormones and a campaign against the police in the suburb of Surrey, called Anti-Police Surrey.

From the first years of being involved with Alliance Against Displacement, the urban Indigenous people within the group have wanted to start an urban Indigenous campaign. We have yearned to do this, ached over it, spent many hours dedicated to theorizing what an urban Indigenous campaign would look like in the second decade of the 21st century. We met with homeless Indigenous people in tent cities. We held talking circles for self-identified Indigenous people in Vancouver. It was hard to find the spark that could sustain a movement, and that is ultimately what we hoped to build through a campaign.

In the past two months of organizing Wet’suwet’en solidarity actions and support in Vancouver, I have felt a shift. We urban Native people are in the streets blocking ports, rail lines, speaking freely about our right to our land, our sovereignty, our nationhood. We are drumming and singing unapologetically, leading marches of thousands of people, some of us dressed in our traditional regalia happily standing beside some of us dressed in jeans and Wu-Tang sweatshirts. We are meeting each other spontaneously in the streets, building connections, and sharing politics. We are connecting with political elders, like Ray Bobb, who was involved with the Native Alliance for Red Power in the 1960s and 70s in Vancouver. We are meeting youth, like the young Stó:lô woman Sii-am, who spoke in the whipping wind and pouring rain just after we shut down a major transportation route in downtown Vancouver one evening.

While the violence against Wet’suwet’en people, and Wet’suwet’en land, is yet another mournful example of colonialism in Canada, I also see great potential in this moment. Urban Native people are being catalyzed through the Wet’suwet’en assertion of sovereignty. We are rekindling our voices, hearing new voices, developing a more explicit politics of sovereignty that takes us into the streets.

 

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“Wet’suwet’en Strong”: Indigenous resistance in Canada

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An act of Indigenous sovereignty

It is also important to acknowledge that other Wet’suwet’en people have reoccupied their territories over the years as well; Unist’ot’en is not an exceptional reoccupation. What is exceptional about it is that it happens to lie in direct route of multiple proposed tar sands and fracked gas pipelines, including three projects that have failed to receive consent from the Unist’ot’en. These three pipelines are the currently halted Northern Gateway Pipeline funded by Enbridge, and the in-progress Pacific Trails Pipeline funded by Chevron as well as the Coastal GasLink Pipeline funded by TC Energy.

Until last week, TC Energy was known as TransCanada. They changed their name in the midst of widespread criticism and ongoing Wet’suwet’en solidarity actions across the world. Coastal GasLink/TC Energy has been constructing a 670 kilometer liquified natural gas (LNG) pipeline that would carry fracked gas from Dawson Creek, BC to the coastal town of Kitimat, where LNG Canada’s processing plant would be located.

The permits for Coastal GasLink’s LNG pipeline were approved by the BC government under the Liberals. More recently, the permits were enforced by the BC government under the New Democrat Party (NDP), Canada’s party of labor which, like New Labour in the UK, has adopted “third way” neoliberal policies and has led multiple attacks on Indigenous sovereignty and land defense movements when it has been in power in BC.

Whether at the hands of the Liberals or the NDP, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is the paramilitary police force that has attacked Indigenous nations since the time of Canadian Confederation. The RCMP was initially founded in order to wage war against Métis, Cree, and allied non-Natives during the anti-colonial and anti-capitalist Red River Resistances in the 1870s and 80s. The RCMP was born through Indian Wars, and it continues to thrive on them.

In the context of unceded land, colonial resource extraction and transportation, and a paramilitary police force founded through Indian Wars, the Wet’suwet’en struggle is a key political and symbolic battleground for a militant Indigenous movement. Wet’suwet’en is not negotiating a treaty with BC; they are actively reoccupying traditional territories without colonial “permission.”

This is a profound act of Indigenous sovereignty, and it is fitting that it would be occurring in BC. Although Canada itself has never fully solved its “Indian problem,” BC’s lack of treaties is a glaring admission of violent colonial occupation.

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Judge asks B.C. attorney general to intercede in Unist'ot'en arrests

B.C.'s attorney general has been asked to intervene after the controversial arrests of 14 people in a dispute between an LNG pipeline company and Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs.

The intervention request came Monday from a B.C. Supreme Court judge in Prince George. Madame Justice Church agreed with a defence application, stating it is in the "public interest to invite the Crown to intercede."

The ruling came as most of the 14 people arrested by RCMP last month made their first appearance in court. 

All are facing contempt proceedings for defying a court order while blocking Coastal GasLink's access to a potential pipeline route.

'Asserting jurisdiction'

A dozen of those arrested filed quietly into a large court room in Prince George on Monday. Several carried eagle feathers. Molly Wickham, a spokesperson for the Gidimt'en​ group, held a talking stick.

Wickham welcomed the referral to the Crown.

"The bigger issue has to do with our hereditary system and with government and industry asserting jurisdiction on our territories," she said outside court.

"They have to look at the evidence and see if they want to proceed with these charges. It may not be in the public interest."

The case has been adjourned until April 15 to give the attorney general time to consider the matter.

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'We're showing our presence': Group marches in Halifax for Indigenous rights

The Macdonald Bridge in Halifax was closed to traffic for about an hour Saturday afternoon — but it didn't mean the bridge was quiet.

About 100 people took part in an Indigenous rights march, walking from Dartmouth to Halifax over the bridge.

"You can take up the whole road," organizer Suzanne Patles called out to the crowd, who cheered and spread out in response.

The group sang songs, played drums and chanted loudly: "Water is life, respect Indigenous rights."

Several people donned purple T-shirts with the words "Stop violence against Indigenous women," while others carried banners and signs which read "Indigenous rights matter" and "No justice on stolen land."

Many of the signs were in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en First Nation, where 14 people were arrested last month for protesting a planned natural gas pipeline in British Columbia.

Members of the Wet'suwet'en Nation have also alleged that Coastal GasLink has unnecessarily destroyed traplines and bulldozed tents on their land....

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Statement on Reconciliation Process Between Province and Office of the Wet'suwet'en

https://www.wetsuweten.com/files/Statement_on_Reconciliation_February_20...

"The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs, Premier John Hogan and Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation have issued the following statement to mark the start of a new reconciliation process...To support this work, the Province has appointed Murray Rankin as BC's representative to help guide and design the Process between the Province and the Office of the Wet'suwet'en..."

 

Murray Rankin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murray_Rankin

"Murray Rankin is a Canadian politician who is a member of Parliament for the New Democratic Party...In 1990, Rankin joined up with friend Joseph Arvay to become managing partner for the boutique law firm Arvay Finlay. In 1994, Murray Rankin was appointed by Premier Mike Harcourt as the lead treaty negotiator for the Province of British Columbia. As treaty negotiator for the Province of British Columbia, Rankin negotiated the first agreement in principle under the auspices of the BC Treaty Commnission with the Sechelt Indian Band. He also represented the Blueberry River First Nation in the negotiation of the first economics benefit agreement relating to national resource revenues in British Columbia..."

http://www.artnet.com/artists/lawrence-paul-yuxweluptun/portrait-of-a-on...

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B.C. Oil and Gas Commission warns Coastal GasLink over pipeline construction

Coastal GasLink must submit a notice of construction at least 48 hours before it starts work under its permit to build a pipeline that is opposed by some members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission said.

The commission has warned the Calgary-based company after it received complaints from the Office of the Wet’suwet’en that alleged that Coastal GasLink engaged in construction without an archaeological impact assessment and also destroyed traplines and tents.

A letter from the commission dated Thursday says Coastal GasLink didn’t submit the required notification on Jan. 22.

Hereditary Chief Na’Moks said the 48-hour notice won’t help because the process isn’t being followed.

“There is no consultation with us,” he said.

The ideal step would be to go back to the drawing board and talk to the proper rights and titles holders, he said, adding that it should be the province and federal governments consulting with the Indigenous people, not industry....

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Unist'ot'en Do Not Consent To Man Camps Increasing Violence Against Our Women

https://twitter.com/gidimt/status/1095707650736705538

"Coastal Gaslink (CGL) is establishing a proposed industrial work camp (aka: man camp) site in Unist'ot'en Territory..."

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Following Illegal Bulldozing By CGL Supporters Responded With Solidarity Actions  At Multiple MLA Offices

Urban Indigenous Supporters and Allies rally outside Minister of the Environment George Heyman's office Feb 4 after staff lock doors. But he got the message.

Supporters have forced BC Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum, Michelle Mungall, to indefinitely close her Nelson office.

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Significant Archaeological Finding Pauses CGL Work on Unist’ot’en Territory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Significant Archaeological Finding Pauses CGL Work on Unist’ot’en Territory

On February 13th, 2019, two stone tools were recovered from the construction site of Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd.’s (CGL) proposed man camp, Site 9A, marking a significant archaeological discovery that indicates a longstanding and continued tie between Wet’suwet’en people and their ancestral territories. Coastal GasLink is legally obligated to stop work in order for a full archaeological assessment to be conducted.

Presently, Coastal GasLink has paused work on this archaeological site, but has not indicated to the Unist’ot’en if they intend to cease work until they are compliant with existing Canadian laws.

In the absence of an adequate Archaeological Impact Assessment (AIA), and continued breaches of the conditions of Coastal GasLink’s permits, the Unist’ot’en clan has been combing Site 9A for evidence of cultural use. This is made possible by the heavy machinery turning up the forest floor and exposing potential archaeological features and artifacts.

Two Unist’ot’en supporters with limited archaeological knowledge conducted a pedestrian survey comprising about a quarter of the worksite. A complete biface stone tool was recovered alongside a partial base fragment of a stem point. Archaeologists from the Smithsonian Institution, Dr. Chelsey G. Armstrong and her colleagues as well as Dr. Chris Springer estimate that the stem point is likely associated with the Shuswap Horizon dating between 3500-2400 years before present...

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Archaeology Branch and BCOGC Trespass on Unist’ot’en Territory, Steal Artifacts

On Friday, February 15, inspectors from the Archaeology Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations along with the BC Oil and Gas Commission trespassed on Unist’ot’en yintah (territory). They did not stop to go through the required Free, Prior and Informed Consent protocol, and thus had no consent to enter the territory. At no point did they inform Unist’ot’en spokespeople or chiefs of their presence or intentions. We were not able to witness their inspection of the site or notify professional archaeologists advising us on this matter. According to a member of the police Division Liaison Team,

While unattended and unobserved by Unist’ot’en members and hereditary chiefs, they removed stone tools that Unist’ot’en supporters had left in situ. They trespassed, tampered with an archaeological site, and stole gifts from the ancestors of this territory....

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Defendants accuse Coastal GasLink of trying to 'subvert authority' of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs

Two Wet'suwet'en Nation members are accusing Coastal GasLink of attempting to "subvert the authority" of their hereditary chiefs, in their response filing in B.C. Supreme Court Wednesday opposing the company's application for an injunction.

The Trans-Canada-owned Coastal GasLink pipeline is part of a a $40 billion project that would move natural gas extracted from northeastern B.C. to the proposed LNG Canada facility in Kitimat where the gas would be liquefied and shipped overseas.

Coastal GasLink and its contractors had been unable to get permission to pass the gates at the Unist'ot'en camp on Wet'suwet'en territory. The company got an interim injunction from the court in December for access, which was enforced by RCMP in January.

Freda Huson and hereditary chief Smogelgem were named in the civil case and application for an injunction filed by Coastal GasLink in late November. Huson is the spokesperson for the Unist'ot'en camp.

None of the allegations in the filings have been proven in court.

In its court filings, Coastal GasLink described Huson, Smogelgem and others at the camp as "acting without lawful authority with the stated purpose of stopping the project."

In their filing, Huson and Smogelgem accuse Coastal GasLink of attempting to "subvert the authority of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs" and of putting the advancement of reconciliation between the Crown and the nation at risk because of the approach the company took when faced with opposition from hereditary leaders.

A large portion of the 670 km proposed pipeline is slated to go through Wet'suwet'en traditional territory - a route rejected by most of the nation's hereditary chiefs, who "have the ultimate responsibility for their respective territories," states the response filing.

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Defendants emphasize Wet'suwet'en law

Huson and Smogelgem's response filing argues that from the perspective of Wet'suwet'en law, not allowing Coastal GasLink through the gates is reasonable and lawful because the company doesn't have permission from Dark House Head Chief Knedebeas to enter or pass through his house group's territory.

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The Wolverine and Brian Grandbois at Unistoten 2014

https://youtu.be/KkiNMmWcXMc

A True Warrior: RIP Brian Grandbois

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Lheidli T'enneh suing Enbridge over pipeline explosion

PRINCE GEORGE — The Lheidli Tenneh First Nation is taking legal action in response to the Enbridge pipeline explosion near Shelley last fall. 

The First Nation has filed an injunction to have the pipeline shut down and removed immediately. 

The explosion forced the evacuation of dozens of area residents and disrupted the flow of natural gas to all of the Lower Mainland and into the United States for several months.

Enbridge responded to the lawsuit today by noting "it is not in the public interest to stop operating a critical piece of energy infrastructure that millions of people in B.C. and the U.S. Pacific Northwest rely on every day."....

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Coastal GasLink Ordered To Cease Work on Unist’ot’en Trapline Due to Non-Compliance With Permits

An inspection by the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) has found Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. (CGL) to be in “non compliance” with three conditions of their environmental assessment certificate. The EAO has requested that CGL “immediately cease activities” within the trapline registered to our Hereditary Chief Knedebeas (Warner William) that may adversely affect the trapline’s use.

The BCEAO has found that Coastal GasLink failed to provide the required six months of advance notice for construction activities affecting our trapline, and additionally failed to conduct required site habitat assessments before beginning work.

CGL has been ordered to “not resume activities that may affect” the use of this trapline until June 12, 2019, or until the trap \line is no longer in use due to seasonal restrictions.

Thus far, Coastal GasLink has ignored the EAO cease and desist order for Dark House territory. Despite delivery of the stop-work order on Wednesday of this week, CGL contractors continued to block access to our traplines, and were operating bulldozers and excavators within meters of our active traps on Wednesday and Thursday.....

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From Russ Diablo “from a poster that was made for the Unist’ot’en pipeline fight in Canada. Artist - Tim Rees Design"

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Never fear, a 'new reconciliation process' is sure to do the trick...

"...The statement said BC has appointed Victoria MP and lawyer Murray Rankin as its representative to help guide and design the process."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-wet-suwet-en-heredita...

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Hmm. The truth comes out as the protesters are in a rather sticky wicket, integrity-wise.

HOUSTON, B.C. — Indigenous artifacts found at the construction site of a contentious pipeline project were likely not in their original location, says British Columbia’s energy regulator.

The Unist’ot’en clan, a hereditary house group of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, complained last month that supporters recovered two ancient stone tools and observed other artifacts at the site where Coastal GasLink is building a natural gas pipeline.

The company suspended work on the line, which is a key part of a $40-billion LNG Canada project in northern B.C., while the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission investigated.

The commission said in an information bulletin that investigators found stone artifacts on top of frozen clay soils and the archaeology branch of the provincial Forestry Ministry is working to return the items to the appropriate Indigenous communities.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On March 8, 2019, The BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) released a bulletin responding to the “archaeological complaint” Unist’ot’en made upon finding several ancient stone tool artifacts on Unist’ot’en territory on the site of the proposed Coastal GasLink (CGL) Camp 9A. The BCOGC’s bulletin contains information that is misleading and unsubstantiated.

The latest BCOGC bulletin confirms that stone tools were removed from our territories without our consent, and states that the location from which the stone tools were removed was “likely not their original location.” The bulletin concludes that “a definitive determination on their exact location of origin can not be made.”

We agree that the artifacts were not found where our ancestors left them, as they were recovered from a site that had been heavily disturbed by CGL’s bulldozers. BCOGC’s cryptic bulletin, which notes that the artifacts have been displaced from their original location, ignores the role that CGL’s industrial activity has played in disturbing this cultural site and displacing these artifacts. We believe this creates confusion and encourages hurtful and racist speculation that the Unist’ot’en people would lie or falsify evidence of our pre-existence on these lands.

In direct response to the BCOGC’s claims that the artifacts recovered from Unist’ot’en territory were “not from their original location,” Smithsonian Archaeologist Dr. Chelsey Armstrong has said,

“It is an extraordinary claim on part of the BCOGC, and it requires extraordinary evidence. The bulletin is misleading at best, and it’s unclear where the [Archaeology] Branch sits. But the insinuation is certainly controversial and ought to be immediately reviewed by independent archaeologists”.

The BCOGC’s bulletin claims that an archaeological site visit — not an investigation — was undertaken shortly after work was stopped on Camp 9A on Feb. 14. Archaeologists have not yet assessed the Unist’ot’en section of the pipeline, despite assessing other sections and recording multiple archaeological sites on the right of way.

The Bulletin fails to capture how, after artifacts were recovered, Unist’ot’en spokeswoman Freda Huson made repeated attempts to contact the BCOGC and the Archaeology Branch of British Columbia, but she received no reply for almost a month.

“They don’t think the pipeline threatens any sites, because they haven’t looked for any sites. BCOGC archaeological assessments and permitting have been hopelessly flawed from the start. They continue to expedite work on the pipeline while ignoring Wet’suwet’en concerns for the integrity of their lands and cultural inheritance,” said Anne Spice, PhD Candidate.....

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..good for the teachers. bravo!

From the BCTeachers Federation:

Solidarity with the hereditary chiefs and Wet’suwet’en people
That the BCTF support and stand in solidarity with the hereditary chiefs and Wet’suwet’en people in respecting sovereignty over their land.

Public actions on climate change
That the Federation encourage members to attend major public actions such as marches, rallies, and demonstrations organized by groups that are geared toward raising awareness about climate change, global warming, and the deleterious impacts of the fossil fuel industry on the environment, our waterways, and our coast lines.

First, we acknowledge those before us who brought forward resolutions to protect the land, water, animals, and the places we live, work, and play. We do this on all the unceded territories across British Columbia.

We are using the BCTF Aboriginal Lens to frame our perspective as an organization and to balance the needs of the membership with the ethical imperative to decolonize. The Aboriginal Lens includes the following seven elements: respect, relationship-building, relevance, responsibility, reciprocity, reconciliation, and resilience. As an organization representing 43,000 members, it is important to be informed about multiple knowledge systems, diverse cultures, and perspectives.

The BCTF is aware of the complex colonial history we have all inherited, and we are mindful of the fact that the Federation is in the early stages of decolonizing our thinking and processes. We also believe that every member is on their own individual journey and at various stages of learning and understanding.

The BCTF has adopted the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People provides us with a compass to do no harm and collectively mitigate the legacy of Canada’s attempted genocide of Aboriginal people. We have worked tirelessly with the BCTF Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee and the BCTF Aboriginal Education Association to recognize, interrupt, and decolonize our collective history.

We work in partnership with the First Nations Education Steering Committee and other provincial education organizations to improve Aboriginal students’ experiences and success in school. Recently, the BCTF was a signatory to a renewed protocol with First Nations leadership in BC, along with all of the other affiliates of the BCFED......

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Cullen “surprised” if Coastal GasLink reroute not being considered privately

Publicly, the company hasn’t announced any plans to reroute.

However Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen says he would be surprised if the option is not being considered — at least behind closed doors.

“I would be surprised if, privately, they’re not at least kicking the can down the road to find out if there is another way around, because it seems to be a pretty intractable problem.”

Hereditary Chiefs for the Wet’suwet’en have said on many occasions they have not consented to
the pipeline passing through unceded Wet’suwet’en First Nation territory.

In the mean time, however, tensions between both sides continue.

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Democracy Now! Speaks to Unist’ot’en member Dr. Karla Tait on RCMP Violence

We speak with Karla Tait, a member of the Unist’ot’en House Group of the Gilseyhu Clan. Dr. Tait is also the director of clinical programming for the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre.

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Democracy Now! Speaks to Unist’ot’en member Dr. Karla Tait on RCMP Violence

We speak with Karla Tait, a member of the Unist’ot’en House Group of the Gilseyhu Clan. Dr. Tait is also the director of clinical programming for the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre.

Thanks for that. I watched it. As I understand it the Indian Act imposed elections on indigenous peoples. I didn't realize that their legal mandate only applies on reservations although it makes perfect sense because at the time Canada had no intention of honoring claims on unceded territories. 

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..from

Wet'suwet'en Access Point

Shortage of work in the north is a constructed fallacy. Every sector is seeing a shortage of skilled workers. We do not need short term, boom and bust jobs in a fossilized industry.

We need a strong, sustainable, localized economy that cares for our people, land, air, and most importantly - WATER. It’s not only within our reach, it is adamantly necessary for our future!

Lack of skilled workers threatens growth in the north

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..also from the above page

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It turns out LNG Canada has no requirement to hire locally

Yesterday in the legislature Bill 10, Income Tax Amendment Act, 2019 was being debated at committee stage.

As I noted during my second reading speech, if enacted, this bill would repeal the LNG Income Tax Act as amendedin April 2015, as well as the Liquefied Natural Gas Project Agreements Act. The bill also creates yet another tax credit for the natural gas sector.

During committee deliberations yesterday I took the opportunity to unpack an outrageous government claim that LNG Canada would be committed to hiring locals. Well to no surprise to those of us who have been following this for a while, there is no such requirement. In fact, and further, government has no tools at its disposal to insist that LNG Canada preferentially hire British Columbians during the construction phase.

Below I reproduce the video and text of my exchange with the Finance Minister.

We will resume committee stage debates today.

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A. Weaver: I’ve been listening quite attentively, trying to get some information with respect to the jobs, because I have clearly witnessed the same language that was emanated from government, as well as LNG Canada. “We’re going to be hiring British Columbians.”

I know for a fact that right now Boskalis is dredging in Kitimat, and I know for a fact that Boskalis uses a Newfoundland company to bring in employees. That is a distance from LNG Canada, and I know for a fact that those employees are not from British Columbia. I know for a fact that those employees that were from British Columbia did not last very long on the Boskalis dredge because they were summarily fired for raising safety issues.

I come back to what the member for Abbotsford West was suggesting. Is the minister saying that she has no mechanism at all to ensure that any of these jobs are actually for British Columbia citizens other than the goodwill of LNG Canada because they said they’re going to try?....

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Charges Dropped Against 14  Protesters Blocking BC Pipeline Project

https://www.cbc.ca/news/british-columbia/14-unist-ot-en-supporters-leave...

Excellent decision. And demonstrating once again a Canadian justice system free of all outside political influence just like the politicians always say too...Won't hurt Murray Rankin's BC-Wet'suwet'en 'reconciliation' process either. 

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Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief: 'Reconciliation is not at the barrel of a gun'

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The office of Crown-Indigenous Relations said in a statement to National Observer that it continues to work to renew Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples, “creating one based on the recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership.” Canada has acted to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples while acknowledging that far more must be done to facilitate its complete implementation, the statement read.

But Na’moks says that the UN Declaration can only be implemented and upheld by the Indigenous Peoples. If you allow the government to tell you what the declaration is, “you’re actually under their umbrella.”

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'What the hell did we do except be Wet’suwet’en?'

“They want to break down all these barriers which they constructed. They want to talk about reconciliation? Well, I don’t’ know if I ever want to use that word again. My definition: to reconcile must be two guilty parties coming together. What the hell did we do except be Wet’suwet’en? Not once did we break our law. They said the people arrested were being civil disobedient, well they were being obedient to our law.”

On April 2 another Wets’uwet’en Clan announced plans to build a new barrier to the CGL pipeline in its territory. The Likhts’amisyu Clan wrote in a statement that construction in its territory would begin at the end of April to assert their sovereignty and stymie CGL by blocking them at multiple points with resistance camps. "It is important that people realize that this fight is far from over," the statement said.

Na’moks stands with them. The Wets’uwet’en people are willing to fight to the end, he said. “I won’t give up on our land and the Wets’uwet’en.”

"Coastal GasLink is aware of social media discussion regarding the construction of new structures in areas near the Coastal GasLink right-of-way," the company said in the statement to National Observer. "We continue to progress our preliminary construction activities in accordance with the permits and authorizations received from the Environmental Assessment Office and the BC Oil and Gas Commission."

Na’moks is scheduled to travel to New York in April to address the United Nations permanent forum on Indigenous issues. He said he plans to report violations of Indigenous rights and title, including the RCMP arrests and government failure to secure free, prior and informed consent to allow the project on Wet’suwt’en territory.

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..1.11 min video

Heritage Minutes: Gidumt'en Checkpoint

CANADA HERITAGE MINUTE – On January 7, 2019, heavily armed Royal Canadian Mounted Police attacked and forcibly removed Wet’suwet’en people from our sovereign homelands at the request of Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. We have never signed treaties with Canada or given up our rights and title to these lands. The violent separation of our people and our lands, and our continued resistance to genocide, is no different today than it was 150 years ago. 

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Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Leaders Level Human Rights Complaint During Speeches at UN Forum (and vid)

https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/wet-suwet-en-on-speeches-human-rights...

"We are troubled by the ongoing trend in Canada that the interests of corporations for natural resource extraction are superseding the rights of Indigenous peoples on our lands and territories,' Na'moks told the rapporteur. 

'We are a government. We decide who comes on our territory. We are the hereditary chiefs. BC and Canada only have presumed authority on our lands. Indigenous legal orders and Indigenous systems of governance must be recognized and respected and not trampled upon in the interests of corporate development..."

I urge all UN delegations and member states to work diligently to prevent Canada assuming the rotating flunky seat at the UN Security Council it covets so much, in protest at its shocking ongoing usurpation-as -genocide for which no domestic remedies are forthcoming.

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RCMP Arrest Unist'ot'en Supporter

SHARE WIDELY - One Unist’ot’en supporter was arrested this morning at approximately 9:45am for enforcing provisions of a temporary access agreement with Coastal GasLink. The Access Protocol Agreement between CGL and Unist’ot’en/Dark House states that the corporation or its contractors will provide at least 24 hours of advanced notice for any attempted entrances.

This access agreement was created in an attempt to secure information on who is accessing the territory, and to protect the safety of, and prevent arrest of, Unist'ot'en house members and supporters while the interlocutory injunction hearing is settled in the Supreme Court.

Our supporter was unlawfully arrested for enforcing this agreement, while CGL's contractor violated the protocol and attempted to enter without adequate notice. Today the RCMP have arrested the person complying with the injunction and not those breaking it.

Unist'ot'en in no way, shape, or form consent to Coastal GasLink's invasion or destruction of our unceded territories. The reality is that CGL and its contractors are trespassers in violation of Wet’suwet’en, Provincial and Federal law.

This is a blatant corporate bullying by the federal government against a sovereign Indigenous nation. We need our supporters to join us on the ground, screen our film in your locations, and donate now to the Legal Fund.

UPDATE: She has been released with NO CHARGES. Statment Here: https://www.facebook.com/unistoten/videos/442550283068282/

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