Unist'ot'en camp

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Gidimt'en spokesperson Sleydo', a.k.a. Molly Wickham, accuses RCMP of acting as mercenaries for industry

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On December 20, the Guardian reported that the RCMP was prepared at that time to use lethal force, arrest children and grandparents, and apprehend the demonstrators' children.

"We have never ceded or surrendered our lands," Sleydo', the Gidimt'en Checkpoint spokesperson, said. "This is an issue of rights and title with our sovereign nation, and RCMP are acting as mercenaries for industry.

"At a time when the province has introduced the UNDRIP legislation, the RCMP are occupying our territory for the sole purpose of protecting industry and ensuring extractive projects proceed unhindered."

"With terminology like 'lethal overwatch', 'sterilize the site', and the threat of child welfare removing our children from their homes and territory, we see the extent to which the provincial and federal governments are willing to advance the destruction of our lands and families for profit," she continued. "The state has always removed our people from our lands to ensure control over the resources. This has never changed.

"At a time when the province has introduced the UNDRIP legislation, the RCMP are occupying our territory for the sole purpose of protecting industry and ensuring extractive projects proceed unhindered."

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From @KentMonkman's mistikôsiwak

NDPP

All Eyes On Unistoten!

https://twitter.com/UnistotenCamp/status/1216854230037721089

UPDATE: "RCMP have set up an 'exclusion zone' at 27 km and are blocking media, Wet'suwet'en people and food from getting up to our territory. Last time the RCMP set up an 'exclusion zone' they had authorized lethal force against unarmed people."

As Canadians take down their Xmas lights and holly their settler-state gets back to business as usual.

NDPP

RCMP, Let Journalists Witness Unist'tot'en Camp

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/01/14/opinion/rcmp-let-journalists...

"...'Lethal overwatch is required.' Is this reconciliation?

'These people threaten the very foundations Canada rests upon.' - RCMP media spokesman, 1995, Gustafsen Lake. Despite their relentless propaganda of support for Indigenous rights, BC NDP governments in particular seem quite prone to these might-makes-right  Gestapo-style collaborations with the RCMP on behalf of big business resource interests."

NDPP

"RCMP blocked access to Global News and The Tyee, Wet'suwet'en people and family members, food and medical supplies, but somehow Rebel Media is allowed access to the front lines? WTF is this?

https://twitter.com/M_Tol/status/1217240775659900928

NDPP

No, Those Who Defend The Wet'suwet'en Territory Are Not Criminals

https://twitter.com/shiripasternak/status/1217557447428190208

"My [Globe & Mail] article on the invention of Wet'suwet'en [as] criminals through injunctions and the wilful misreading of their victory at the Supreme Court in 1997 when hereditary authority was recognized..."

kropotkin1951

The Gitxsan Nation has extended its support to the Wet’suwet’en.

The Gitxsan plan to keep an eye on the RCMP to ensure that land issues are resolved peacefully and collaboratively. The Gitxsan Government is requesting that the government stop using taxpayer dollars on police enforcement to address Indigenous land claims.

https://www.cfnrfm.ca/2020/01/17/the-gitxsan-nation-has-extended-support...

kropotkin1951

Here is a very thoughtful piece about how our current brand of colonialism is pitting family members against each other. The same thing is happening with the treaty process locally where I live. Some people want to sign a treaty and cede rights especially since they see they can't be enforced anyways because at least you get the cash. Other people in the same nation  see the whole process as designed to extinguish indigenous title to the land after having fought for two generations to prove those rights existed in Canadian law.

To the outside world it seems that the war is the Wet’suwet’en vs. the pipeline. Or Wet’suwet’en vs. Canada. Or Wet’suwet’en vs. the RCMP. And to a certain extent it is. But our biggest war right now is the Wet’suwet’en vs. the Wet’suwet’en. We all take so much pride in the work our ancestors did on the land and in the courts to fight for our right to be Wet’suwet’en people on Wet’suwet’en land today but we can’t agree on how to exercise those rights so we end up compromising them by undermining each other. Is it our fault? No. We’re unlearning how to hate ourselves after generations of colonial attempts at shredding our cultural identities into scattered fragments. But is it our responsibility to come back together as one nation?

The question reminds me of something my great grandfather once said. His name was Johnny David. He held the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief name Mikhlikhlekh and was one of the plaintiffs in the Delgamuukw case. His testimony described Anuk Nu’at’en and helped to prove that our nation has stewarded our territory for thousands of years and have a right to continue doing so. He lived past the age of 115 and in his final years he would often say to those who are hereditary chiefs today “Ye’ janet so’ c’io be ghun le,” or “Son, look after my responsibilities.”

https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/kzvmqv/the-real-war-facing-the-wetsuw...

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