NDP BC invades sovereign Wet'suwet'en territory, RCMP arrest defenders 2

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Skoden! Come on down and join all the boujee natives, savage mob, lost tribe, and hooligans.

This is a fundraiser for the water, and to support the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. We will dance until we’re barely even human ;)

It will be a great night of celebration and rebirth, as this resistance continues

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..an anti tmx video

Snotty Nose Rez Kids - Skoden ft. Beau Dick

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Greetings from Korea. I am sharing a statement of solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en struggle issued by Green Party Korea. Please know you have allies on the other side of the world.

Wet’suwet’en Solidarity Statement from Green Party Korea

We are hearing about the struggles of our Wet’suwet’en sisters and brothers against the forced construction of Coastal GasLink’s (CGL) gas pipeline with a heavy heart.

We find it unfathomable that the British Columbia government is pursuing fossil fuel when the entire world is making great efforts to move away from it. We find it abominable that the British Columbia Supreme Court granted GCL access to Wet’suwet’en land, which justified police violence on Wet’suwet’en activists and their allies.

We are particularly concerned that the pipeline construction is being pushed ahead against the calls by the United Nation Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and despite the legislative recognition of the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.

We urge the Horgan administration to respect the natural and legal rights of the Wet’suwet’en and stop the construction of the pipeline immediately. We also call for the unconditional and immediate release of all arrestees.

We grimly recognize the South Korean National Pension Service (NPS) has significant equity interest in the GCL project. We have demanded that the NPS divest from CGL, and will continue to press the NPS to do so.

We have vivid memories of joining hands in the years-long struggle by rural Miryang residents in South Korea against forced construction of high-voltage power transmission towers in their communities. We understand what it feels like to be ignored, bullied, and arrested simply because we wanted to protect our communities and rights. We know why the Wet’suwet’en have to win.

We extend our solidarity to the Wet’suwet’en.

2020.03.02

Green Party Korea

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Nipissing First Nation lights the fires for Wet’suwet’en

People came and went, the convenience store owner made up coffees for folks when they got cold, one man brought rabbit stew, kwewok (women) sang and drummed.  The fire started small, but as more people brought more wood, it got brighter and hotter.

The gathering, a Solidarity Fire for Nipissing First Nation and allies to support the Wet’suwet’en, was announced on Facebook but organized by community members working in consultation with their Chief and Council.  The organizer, Nipissing First Nation member Aylan Couchie, recalled when she decided to put something together.

“The night after the [Ontario Provincial Police] raided the Mohawks and the [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] raided Unist’ot’en, Gitxsan people blockaded the highway and I watched the RCMP haul away Elders in regalia.”

The sight brought Couchie, no stranger to the history or current realities of Canada/Indigenous relations, to tears.

“I wanted us to show solidarity, like the Gitxsan, even though we are not their neighbours.”

Though there have been two events in support of the Wet’suwet’en in neighbouring North Bay, both of which Couchie herself supported and one that she was even able to attend, she wanted something especially for the people of Nipissing First Nation to participate in. Both the location, Jocko Point Road, and the timing 3:30pm to 11pm ensured that it was accessible to community members despite work schedules.

“Mostly, it’s just to keep a fire burning— a symbolic gesture,” Couchie said. “Right by the highway, right by the train tracks.”

But also, doing something “centred in who the community is.”.....

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Friday, March 6, 2020 at 8 PM – 11:59 PM

Glenwood Hall

13804 Telkwa High Rd, Smithers

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Surprise surprise… It turns out that most of the groups undermining the #Wetsuweten Nation’s fight against colonial violence and for Indigenous Rights are connected. Weaponized “both sides” reporting and lots of PR $$$ sure makes them look much larger than they actually are:

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Tentative Deal With Wet'suwet'en Nation Won't Stop Coastal GasLink Construction, BC Premier Horgan Says

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-weekend-deal-with-wetsuwe...

"...No details have been released about the deal to implement Indigenous rights and title in the territory through which the contested pipeline would run. After three days of talks that ended Saturday, representatives of the hereditary chiefs and the Indigenous relations ministers for Canada and British Columbia released a joint statement saying the parties had reached an agreement to implement Wet'suwet'en rights and title, pending ratification by Wet'suwet'en clan members.

Mr Horgan said the agreement is confined to questions of rights and title - and who holds those rights on behalf of the Wet'suwet'en. BC's liason with the hereditary chiefs, Nathan Cullen said Monday the proposed agreement deals exclusively with the issue of rights and title and the pipeline 'remains a point of conflict.' Mr Cullen said he didn't know how supporters across the country would respond to pipeline work resuming..."

Perhaps, they'll be wondering, as I am, what kind of 'rights and titles' of hereditary chiefs of a sovereign nation on unceded territory, have first to be approved and agreed to by the usurping federal and provincial governments, (lacking any lawful 'rights and title' themselves,'beyond the treaty frontier') but apparently do not include the 'rights' to refuse a pipeline or RCMP enforcement of its construction. Obviously, from what we can see thus far, 'rights and titles' BC/Canada style*, doesn't even come close to anything approaching an authentic, self-determining, Indigenous sovereignty.

[*See #90]

#EcocideIsGenocide  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP   #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #landback  #thetimeisnow

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NDPP wrote:

I have only ever been an active supporter of Indigenous sovereigntists.  Pro-pipeline collaborationists with Canada's corporate neo-colonialism will never have me as an ally. Period.

Your support Indigenous of members is quite conditional.

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The blockades no one talks about devastate Indigenous economies

Over the last few weeks, government officials and political pundits have consistently relied on economic concerns to justify the arrests of those engaging in peaceful solidarity actions near railway lines. On Feb. 21, after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the blockades must come down, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) moved in and arrested some of the Wet’suwet’en solidarity activists at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Again, the pundits and politicians argued that there was no choice but for police to act, as Canada’s economy was in a crisis.

This was a strategic move to deflect criticism and to distract from Canada’s multiple breaches of its own rule of law, which includes protecting Indigenous land rights and the right for Indigenous peoples to govern themselves according to their own laws. There was also very little talk about the breach by the RCMP and OPP of the Charter-protected freedom of the press, which was denied. In the RCMP invasion of Wet’suwet’en territory, the RCMP denied media from covering the event, threatened to arrest journalists for taking photos and removed reporters from the scene. Similarly, the OPP kept the media so far away they could not record the arrests in Tyendinaga.

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But no one is talking about the most economy-crippling blockades that have devastated Indigenous economies for the last 150 years. Those are the blockades legislated by federal and provincial governments and enforced by armed police and military. Canada’s laws, policies and practices have created a complex web of blockades that have kept Indigenous peoples from freely engaging in their traditional economies.

There is a giant, well-enforced wall of laws and regulations that have kept Indigenous peoples from hunting, fishing, fowling and gathering, as they had always done before contact with the Europeans. Indigenous peoples also engaged in the trade of these items. Our traditional economies, such as fishing lobster or cutting timber for trade, have been criminalized not because of any inherent threats to public safety or other valid legislative objectives, but to maintain the non-Indigenous monopoly of those engaged in these industries.

One particularly striking example of the criminalization of traditional Indigenous economies is that of the growth, manufacture and trade of tobacco by the Haudenosaunee. Long before Europeans even knew about tobacco, it was a part of Indigenous economies. Once Europeans realized they could commodify this resource, they assumed control and criminalized it for Indigenous peoples. Mohawks who engaged in the sale of tobacco were labelled criminals; their products were considered illegal contraband and their stores were raided by police.

The Mi’kmaw Nation in Eastern Canada have inherent rights, as well as constitutionally protected, treatyrecognized rights, to fish and trade in fish. Yet, our peoples have never been able to freely engage in the fish trade without police and other enforcement entities arresting us. In 2018, the CBC discovered that the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans was secretly microchipping lobsters to try to catch Mi’kmaw selling lobster instead of using them for food.

All of these economic blockades that have been imposed against Indigenous peoples for well over a century have crippled our economies and our ability to provide for our families and nations. They have forced First Nations and Inuit peoples to rely on chronically underfunded federal rations. The policy has had a devastating impact on health and lifespans; Indigenous peoples live 15 years less than other Canadians.

Why doesn’t the RCMP, OPP or any other police agency go in and remove these illegal blockades that run counter to Aboriginal and treaty rights, as well as Indigenous, Canadian and international laws? Where is the outcry for the inconvenience experienced by Indigenous peoples or the loss of jobs from these oppressive economic blockades?....

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My name is Charlie Aleck. I’m a member of Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. I’m a revolutionary socialist and activist here in Chicago, and I’ve been involved in various forms of Indigenous rights activism over the last decade. 

At the moment, I’m doing solidarity work in Chicago to support the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia, Canada, who are actively blocking the illegal construction of the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline in their territory. 

What makes CGL unique is that this private company was granted an injunction in court to remove Wet’suwet’en land defenders by force, with the help of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

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‘We Have to Stand Together’: A Tale of Two Nations

Amanda Follett Hosgood lives and writes amidst the stunning mountains and rivers of Wet’suwet’en territory.​

When the announcement came Sunday that the Wet’suwet’en Nation and the B.C. government had reached a proposed agreement to acknowledge land title rights, it confirmed the power of longstanding alliances between First Nations, such as the Wet’suwet’en and their neighbours, the Gitxsan.

In the past, when the Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en Nations were heading into battle together, they would hold a ceremony. Art Wilson, who holds the Gitxsan hereditary name ’Wii Muk’wilixw, learned about it from his grandfather.

“He told me the history of our alliance with the Wet’suwet’en. They used to meet at the Suskwa [River], when they summoned the Wet’suwet’en. They used to drink out of one pot and they called the ceremony gitwiltxw,” Wilson says.

Wilson was in New Hazelton Feb. 24 when RCMP arrested 14 people, including three Gitxsan hereditary chiefs, and removed a railway blockade in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Supporters — who included Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan members, as well as non-Indigenous people — blocked traffic on Highway 16 for eight hours to demand the chiefs’ release.

All 14 were released on a promise to appear in a Vancouver courtroom in April.

The relationship between the neighbouring northwestern B.C. First Nations has been solidified over past decades through joint litigation and recent solidarity actions.

But the nations share a history that dates back millennia. They also share a boundary, as well as the Morice and Bulkley Rivers — known to the Wet’suwet’en as Widzin Kwah — and the resources, like salmon, that their cultures depend upon.

“I think just being allies was a big deterrent with other outside people — better not bother the Gitxsan, they’re going to come back with the Wet’suwet’en,” Wilson says. “Historically, we’ve been allies with any major problems we have. When we have problems here, they show up to help us. So, I think that old alliance is still alive.”

The Gitxsan were among the first to publicly support the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs when they evicted Coastal GasLink pipeline company from their territory earlier this year and closed the Morice West Forest Service Road.....

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Does anyone see a match between the "Rule of Law" RCMP occupation of native land and the « Rules-Based » decision to arrest Madame Meng of Huawei. So damn Canadian!

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Members of the Gitxsan Nation blockading CN rail in Hazelton Feb. 11 in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation. Photo by Dan Mesec.

Gitxsan Hereditary Chief Spookw is surrounded by fellow chiefs as they blockade CN Rail in Hazelton Feb. 13. The blockades on Gitxsan territory were erected in solidarity with neighbouring Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs after RCMP raided camps opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline. Photo by Dan Mesec.

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Wet'suwet'en supporters building pipeline through minister's St. John's office

Supporters of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs — and opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline — built a symbolic "pipeline" Thursday inside the St. John's office of Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan.

About 25 people are occupying the office in St. John's, and some aren't saying when they plan to leave. 

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stay out it seriously you're being a colonizer causing more harm to other Indigenous peoples.

https://vancouverisland.ctvnews.ca/mobile/first-nation-demands-apology-from-activists-over-protest-at-b-c-premier-s-home-1.4837544

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That is one bizarre story. The Chief in Victoria is not saying stay out of politics he is saying no matter who you are you need to get his permission to protest on his unceded territory. So quizzical do you agree that all protests that occur on unceded territory in BC should get permission from the local Indian Act chief?

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frankly disparaging Indigenous leaders as Indian act chiefs is nasty ugly colonizer.

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Media release: Students walk out in support of Wet’suwet’en and Indigenous land defenders

K’JIPUKTUK (HALIFAX) – Today, students across Nova Scotia will walk out of class in support of Wet’suwet’en and Indigenous land and water defenders who are protecting their sovereign and unceded land from harmful oil and gas infrastructure of the Coastal Gas Link Pipeline and militarized force of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Students are demanding the immediate and full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) as promised in BC Premier John Horgan’s address in March 2019. 

Within the Halifax Regional Municipality, students will be meeting at the Halifax Central Library to rally in support and take action by contacting elected officials and decision-makers to comply with the demands of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs. Students will be walking out of class at 2:00pm and meeting at the library at 2:30pm. 

DATE: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

TIME: 2:30 PM

LOCATION: Halifax Central Library 

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Groups linked to oil companies funded Facebook ads denouncing the rail blockades

Oil and gas companies, and groups linked to them, have been spending big on Facebook ads that denounce the First Nations-led protests that have targetted rail transport in Canada in the past month.

These groups, some of which position themselves as grassroots movements, have spent an estimated $110,000 since the start of the year on Facebook advertising — either to promote the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline at the heart of the protests or to oppose the rail blockades as illegal. A CBC News analysis found these ads were shown to Facebook users about 20 million times.

CBC News looked at hundreds of Facebook ads since the start of the year that focus on the protests and rail blockades, which were launched by Wet'suwet'en activists and their supporters opposed to construction of the pipeline.

The group Canada Action has been one of the biggest spenders; it spent an estimated $21,000 on Facebook ads, most of them decrying the blockades by Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and their supporters.

The group Proud to Be Canadian, part of the Canada Strong and Proud network of third-party groups, spent an estimated $4,400 on the ads, according to data obtained from the Facebook political ad library.

While the groups position themselves as grassroots campaigns in their marketing, they have ties to energy companies and conservative-leaning political groups.

Ads in support of the protests, mostly purchased by small activist groups, were viewed about 350,000 times by Facebook users. These groups collectively spent about $3,000 on the ads.

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Coastal GasLink behind half of ad buys

The most prolific online advertiser on the pipeline project, by far, is Coastal GasLink itself, which is building the 670-kilometre pipeline that will connect wells in British Columbia to the coast. It has run 80 ads since the start of the year — almost a quarter of all the ads in the data obtained by CBC. It spent roughly $50,000 on ads citing Indigenous support for the pipeline — almost half of all the money spent on Facebook ads about the project and the blockades....

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To understand B.C.’s push for the Coastal GasLink pipeline, think fracking, LNG Canada and the Site C dam

The pipeline at the centre of the Wet’suwet’en conflict is also central to the province’s long-running effort to attract multinational corporations and build up a liquefied natural gas export empire — all with infusions of public money. Here’s what you need to know

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Government press materials tout LNG Canada as a $40 billion project, calling it “the largest private-sector investment in B.C.’s history.”

But LNG Canada estimates a $25 to $40 billion investment for a two-phase project. Only phase one of the project has received approval.

For phase one, LNG Canada has only committed to spending between $2.5 and $4.1 billion in B.C. and acknowledges that between $7 and $11.1 billion for phase one will be spent on foreign soil. This includes the cost of construction of the export facility, which will be manufactured abroad and shipped in pieces to Kitimat.

LNG Canada will be one of the country’s largest greenhouse gas emitters

If you followed the recent debate about Teck Resources’ Frontier oilsands mine, noted for its environmental impacts and greenhouse gas emissions, hold onto your hat.

LNG Canada will be one of the country’s largest greenhouse gas emitters — and that’s before fugitive methane emissions from fracking are factored into the carbon equation. 

According to the B.C. government, the LNG Canada project will emit four megatonnes of carbon emissions each year during its first phase — the equivalent of adding 856,531 cars to the road. 

Teck’s Frontier oilsands mine would have emitted 4.1 megatonnes of greenhouse gases a year, putting the two projects almost on par with each other for carbon pollution during LNG Canada’s first phase.

If the project’s second phase goes ahead, LNG Canada will emit more than double the carbon of the cancelled Frontier oilsands mine project — 8.6 megatonnes per year in 2030, rising to 9.6 megatonnes in 2050. 

That’s roughly the equivalent of putting 1.7 million new cars on the road each year. 

The B.C. government’s emissions estimate includes only the first phase of the project.

Emissions from both LNG Canada project phases would represent close to three-quarters of B.C.’s legislated target for greenhouse gas emissions in 2050, set at about 13 megatonnes a year. 

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The majority of gas shipped through the Coastal GasLink pipeline will come from northeast B.C., where the predominant form of extraction is a process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. B.C. is the fastest-growing natural gas producer in Canada, thanks in large part to the advent of fracking.

Fracking is a technique that involves blasting a mixture of water, chemicals and sand deep into the earth to break apart rock formations and release previously inaccessible oil or natural gas deposits.

Fracking uses vast amounts of fresh water. Recent frack jobs in northeast B.C. have used more than 22 million litres of water per well — enough to fill about nine Olympic-sized swimming pools. The water becomes contaminated after the fracking process and must be disposed of in tailings ponds or by being injected deep underground.

The industry’s pressing need for fresh water has resulted in the construction of at least 90 unlicensed dams in northeast B.C.

Fracking releases significant carbon emissions through fugitive leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. New research published in the journal Nature suggests natural gas is a much dirtier fossil fuel than previously thought, with emissions that put it on par with coal.

There is also increasing evidence of human health issues linked to fracking. One study found mothers who live close to a fracking well are more likely to give birth to a less healthy child with a low birth weight.

Human health issues related to fracking were recently flagged by Dawson Creek doctors as a potential cause for concern after they saw patients with symptoms they could not explain, including nosebleeds, respiratory illnesses and rare cancers, as well as a surprising number of glioblastomas, a malignant brain cancer.

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What does this all have to do with the Site C dam, anyway?

The publicly funded Site C dam, currently under construction on B.C.’s Peace River, will provide subsidized electricity for the LNG Canada project.

The Site C dam was rejected in the 1980s and 1990s — the first time by the watchdog B.C. Utilities Commission after two years of hearings, and the second by BC Hydro’s own board of directors, who said the project was too costly and its environmental and social impacts were too great.

B.C.’s former Liberal government approved the project in 2014 after changing the law to strip the utilities commission of its responsibility to determine if the project was in the public interest. 

The dam will flood 128 kilometres of the Peace River and its tributaries, putting an area the equivalent distance of driving from Vancouver to Whistler under water up to 50 metres deep..... 

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Anything But Consent: The Liberal Guide to Undermining Indigenous Rights

It sounded like a phrase hatched deep in a strategic vault of Liberal spin-doctors: “collaborative consent.”

It was blandly positive, ambiguously open to interpretation, and just technical enough to make us flinch and hope their experts had it covered. Like all Liberal coinages, it was intended to solve a nagging problem. Having endorsed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) to rapturous global praise, the Liberal government now had to contend with one of its central principles: Indigenous peoples’ right to “free, prior and informed consent” over resource developments on their territories. They were deeply averse to implementing it.

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The country’s two largest resource lobby groups soon jumped on board, suggesting that the Liberal reversal of a Conservative stance was in line with their policies. “A lot of our companies feel they already achieve a lot of what’s required by UNDRIP,” said the manager of Aboriginal Policy for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. “This move really puts us back where we properly belong and also where I think, in practice, we have largely been,” added the president of the Mining Association of Canada.

This was savvy public relations. In truth, free, prior, and informed consent is nothing like the impact-benefit agreements that resource companies currently sign with First Nations, offering them some jobs, a dribble of revenue, and a few university scholarships. It is a simple and straightforward sundering of a century-and-a-half-long colonial arrangement: the hoarding by the federal and provincial governments of all decision-making power over lands and resources, to the engorgement of extractive corporations and exclusion of Indigenous peoples.

So while championing the right of consent made for a great slogan on the campaign trail and a key part of the Reconciliation Industry’s allure, the Liberals have ever since sought to turn it into a feeble simulation of itself. And this is where “collaborative consent” came in: a conceptual ace-up-the-sleeve to resolve the problem of heightened expectations and preserve a deeply unequal power imbalance.

The concept has been spearheaded by a group of Liberal and Liberal-friendly politicians, lawyers, and environmentalists, including former AFN National Chief Phil Fontaine and a former minister in the Northwest Territories. Through Fontaine’s ties to the Liberal party, a report was produced for Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr in late 2015. Titled “Collaborative Consent,” it suggested that the NWT already offered a nationally-scalable model for “consent-based discussions” (another warm, fuzzy coinage). The report then made its way onto Justin Trudeau’s desk. He loved it, I was told by someone familiar with the lobbying. A few weeks later, in April 2016, while on a high-profile visit to the Manitoba First Nation of Shoal Lake 40, Trudeau invoked the concept in an interview with VICE. “In the NWT they have boards that examine the projects from the very beginning with Indigenous voices,” he said. “The talk of veto or not veto is highlighting the failure of the process as it exists right now. It shouldn’t ever even come to the decision, is it a veto or not a veto. We should be working together from the very beginning.”

When I asked the person familiar with the lobbying how this would in fact work, I didn’t gain any clarity. “It's like reciprocal consent,” they said. “Both parties have veto. Or neither do. It’s about staying at the table.” But when I obtained a slideshow used by the proponents, I found the answer I was looking for. They explicitly mentioned “no veto,” denying the principle of rejecting unwanted resource developments. Indigenous feminists have made a brilliant analogy here: whether it's bodies or territories, if you don't have the actual power to say “no,” then consent is meaningless.....

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..student walkout halifax

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Keeping the pressure on in waterloo region along the 401! #landback #reconciliationisdead #wetsuwetenstrong #alleyesontyendinaga

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SFU students block Burnaby traffic in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

About a hundred SFU students filled a portion of the university’s Convocation Mall and blocked traffic at an intersection along Gaglardi Way in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs.

The demonstration was billed as a school walkout – one of 36 at universities and high schools across Canada, according to Baby Lee-Young, one of the organizers of the SFU demonstration.

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B.C. students join nationwide school walkout in support of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs

B.C. students joined others across Canada in a nationwide school walkout organized to show support for the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs.

In Vancouver, Langara College students blocked the intersection of Cambie Street and 49th Avenue Wednesday afternoon.

In North Vancouver, there was a protest around 5 p.m. in the area of Mountain Highway and Keith Road.

And in Victoria, hundreds of university and high school students gathered at the B.C. Legislature, where they stood on the lawn in a circle of ceremony, with the Indigenous youth who have been camped out on the steps for days.

More than 5,000 students across Canada from at least 38 different universities took part in the Wednesday walkout, according to a release from a group called Students in Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en.

UVic student Alison Conibear said it's important for students to voice their support because they "have the privilege of endless knowledge."

"[As students], we have to be making the changes we want to see, and this [walkout] is the place for it," she said.

Other schools, including Simon Fraser University, Capilano University, University of the Fraser Valley, UBC, and Camosun scheduled walkouts for Wednesday afternoon....

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..langara students

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Capilano University filmmaker Doreen Manuel's Unceded Chiefs tells historic tale of Indigenous resistance

A person’s life can sometimes be a confounding set of paradoxes. Sitting in her corner office as the director of Capilano University’s Bosa Centre for Film and Animation, Doreen Manuel is at the peak of her career as a filmmaker and educator.

Her astonishing new documentary, Unceded Chiefs—telling the story of a united Indigenous resis­tance to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s infamous 1969 white paper—is about to be screened at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. The film lays out how this document proposed to eliminate Indigenous people’s ability to make any claims for rights or lands in relation to Aboriginal title and how chiefs from across the province, led by Manuel’s father, George, successfully fought back.

In her office, the director described Trudeau as “incredibly racist” yet “incredibly intelligent”.

“He just lived by willful blindness because he had an agenda,” Manuel told the Georgia Straight. “So when I saw my dad take people on like that, today I have no problem taking anybody on—and keeping myself informed so that I can have those conversations. Because it’s only through educating people that we are going to make the changes, which is why I work at a university.”

As these historic events were unfolding, Manuel was nine years old, being tortured, in her words, in a Port Alberni residential school....

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BREAKING: Climate activists interrupt Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau at the Embassy in DC demanding the Canadian govt respect Wet’suwet’en sovereignty and #killthepipeline. #WetsuwetenStong #WetsuwetenSolidarity

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Student led walkout for Wet’suwet’en at Queens

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Why Trudeau’s Circus Act May Not Survive Blockade Crisis

Events in BC keep knocking the PM off balance. Will Liberals give him the hook?​

Is the curtain coming down on the Justin Trudeau era in Canadian politics?

When the next election rolls around, both the Conservative and Green parties will have new leaders. Even NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is newish.

No one should be surprised if the Liberal party follows suit. The case for dumping Justin Trudeau before the Liberals face the electorate again gets stronger by the day.

The federal government’s handling of the Wet’suwet’en protest against TC Energy Corp.’s Coastal GasLink project has been a month and more of Amateur Hour come to politics.....

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Ten per cent of northeast B.C. oil and gas wells leak — more than double the reported rate in Alberta: new study

Northeastern British Columbia has been a major centre of conventional oil and gas production since the 1960s. More recently, the shale gas sector has also targeted the region.

One of the issues the oil and gas industry faces is the leakage of gases from wellbores — the holes drilled into the ground to look for or recover oil and natural gas. Methane leakage from wellbores has become an important issue because this greenhouse gas is far more potent than carbon dioxide.

My colleagues and I recently examined a database containing information about 21,525 active and abandoned wells located in the four main shale gas formations of northeastern British Columbia: the Montney, Horn River, Liard and Cordova basins. This represents almost all of the conventional and shale gas wells existing in the region.

Our study was the first to examine the data contained in the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission Wellbore (OCG) Leakage Database.

We found that almost 11 per cent of all oil and gas wells had a reported leak, together releasing 14,000 cubic metres of methane per day. This is more than double the leakage rate of 4.6 per cent in Alberta, which may have less stringent testing and reporting requirements.

Our research in northeastern B.C. also found weak regulations on mandatory reporting, continued monitoring and the use of protective measures — oversights that represent risks for the environment....

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Trent University students call for RCMP, Coastal GasLink to withdraw from Wet’suwet’en territory

About 100 Trent University students took part in a noon hour protest at Water Street and Nassau Mills Road on Wednesday.

The students demanded that the RCMP officers and Coastal GasLink pipeline crews fully withdraw immediately from Wet'suwet'en territory in northwestern British Columbia where a liquid natural gas pipeline is being built.

Some demonstrators placed protest signs over the new Trent University entranceway sign at the intersection.

Protesters marched through the intersection and blocked one of the lanes on Water Street....

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First Nation demands apology from activists over protest at B.C. premier's home

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I think they're on to something. I think all settlers who are protesting on unceded land should ask permission to protest, including allies protesting n support of hereditary chiefs. Maybe pay reparations in order to protest as well

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..from an email

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COME TO CAMP

People on the ground at the Unist'ot'en Camp are still calling for supporters who can stay at camp for at least two weeks. If you can do this in the near future please fill out a registration form here.

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Words by @siiamhamilton

"At 6:30 PM on March 4, seven Indigenous youth were invited by Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation to discuss the Wet’suwet’en Struggle. After a number of hours, discussions broke down, and the Indigenous youth and Scott Fraser could not come to an agreement that the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and CGL (Coastal Gas Link) remove themselves from Wet’suwet’en land. Despite the continued affirmations that the British Columbia Legislative Assembly youth occupation is a peaceful and a ceremonial vigil in solidarity with our Wet’suwet’en relatives in the north, 5 of the 7 Indigenous youth who were invited into the office for a meeting were violently arrested after hours of detainment inside the parliament. ⁣

These arrests happened behind closed doors. The Victoria Police Department refused to allow legal observers and lawyers access to the youth as they were being arrested and detained. Despite their legal councils' request that letters of representation be given to the youth, the police refused to allow them access to this information. While each youth was carried out, allies and supporters repeated messages of love and protection. The police refused to disclose where they were being taken or what they were being charged with. ⁣

We are asking Canada and all of its citizens to remove for the vail of silence when Indigenous bodies are being forcibly removed from unceded lands by the state. Reconciliation can’t only apply when we are saying yes. Consent cannot exist if NO is not an option. ⁣

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Petition Delivery in Montreal

March in Kahnawake 

New Blockade in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory

Rally in Winnipeg

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Solicitor General Mike Farnworth authorized redeploying RCMP resources in response to Coastal GasLink's injunction

In late January, B.C.'s "top cop", Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, concluded that gathering opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline constituted a "provincial emergency" under the B.C. government's agreement with the Mounties.

So, under article 9.1 of the Provincial Police Services Agreement with the RCMP, Farnworth authorized "the internal redeployment of resources within the Provincial Police Service to the extent necessary to maintain law and order, and to ensure the safety of persons, properties, and communities in the area".

This is revealed in a January 27 letter that Farnworth wrote to Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan, the commanding officer of E Division in Surrey.

Farnworth's letter noted that his letter was in response to a January 14 letter from the RCMP about the "potential police response required" to enforce the B.C. Supreme Court injunction obtained by Coastal GasLink.

Farnworth acknowledged the RCMP's insistence that "opposition to the pipeline construction near Houston, BC has intensified and evolved and the local jurisdictional police do not have sufficient resources to deal with this situation".

"The operational deployment of resources and operational decisions are solely within the internal management and control of the RCMP; however, I ask that you please continue to inform the ministry of planned actions and any further developments through established channels between executive Policing and Security Branch and RCMP staff," Farnworth wrote.

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On March 3, Premier John Horgan's envoy to the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, former NDP MP Nathan Cullen, declared over Twitter that it isn't in the job description of a prime minister to call in or call off the police with regard to blockades.

Cullen's tweet made no mention, however, of the authority of the NDP solicitor general in B.C. to authorize the redeployment of police resources in response to a court injunction obtained by a corporation.

The B.C. government announced that Cullen would be the provincial liaison between the province and the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs on January 27—the very same day that Farnworth wrote to Strachan authorizing the redeployment of police resources.

The Mounties deployed massive firepower as they cleared peaceful protesters and created an enormous exclusion zone along the Morice West Forest Service Road in early February.

This occurred on unceded, traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en Nation, whose hereditary chiefs objected to the RCMP "invasion". The hereditary chiefs say the pipeline project violates Wet'suwet'en law.

In one memorable video, an RCMP officer appears to be pointing a rifle at Tlingit member Anne Spice and Gitxsan member Denzel Sutherland-Wilson while they were on a tower. Sutherland-Wilson is heard pleading with the officer to stop pointing the rifle.

The RCMP enforcement action prompted the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs to amend a complaint to the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP.

According to these two groups, a police decision to restrict movement from beyond the road's four-kilometre mark was outside the scope of the B.C. Supreme Court injunction.

"There is absolutely no legal precedent nor established legal authority for such an overbroad policing power associated with the enforcement of an injunction," the two organizations wrote. "The implementation and enforcement of the RCMP exclusion zone in Wet'suwet'en territory is unlawful."....

NDPP

"Title is title. None of this 'project has all its permits' bullshit. If Wet'suwet'en have title, we decide what happens on the territory. Full stop."

https://twitter.com/showmekittys/status/1234662300092514305

True. Now let's see if 'the agreement' implements it.

NDPP

"Sask RCMP member under investigation after post joking about machine-gunning protesters."

https://twitter.com/CBCCanada/status/1235278423951630338

 

"If there are natives on the ground...I will empty 2 clips on full automatic in 4 seconds." (RCMP ERT member, Gustafsen Lake, 1995, Crown particulars disclosed at trial)

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oh good grief NDPP sinking so low as to go back 25 years so you can exploit FN today.

you and epaulo are pieces of colonizer work as are the extinction rebellion colonizers who're pretending to be allies.

 

 

 

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