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

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It sure doesn't seem like much has changed in those 25 years... at least not as far as the RCMP and Canadian state are concerned.

I do think the settler population is slowly starting to come to terms with our colonial relationship with Indigenous people, and are starting to listen and act more in solidarity with them than in the past. All credit for that goes to Indigenous organizers behind groups and movements like Idle No More, Families of Sisters in Spirit, and those leading the current uprisings across the country.

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The face of the Mohawk protests wasn’t — as some have suggested — masked gunmen, holding their community hostage. It was women, like schoolteacher Raven Swamp (pictured) — elders and kids. It was a community. You can be against it but acknowledge their humanity.

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After eleven days and nights on the steps of the BC Legislature, this occupation is closing out now, in song and ceremony — what this entire process has been grounded in.

Wherever you are, wherever you go, stand with Indigenous youth, always.

#IndigenousYouthForWetsuweten #WetsuwetenStrong

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Powerful Walk Out for Wet’suwet’en, and march from First Nations University to the U of R. (regina)

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Timmins Ontario Feb 29

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Winnipeg

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Warren Buffett's company bails on Saguenay LNG project because of 'Canadian political context,' promoter says

Warren Buffett's investment company Berkshire Hathaway has decided not to invest $4 billion in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant by the Saguenay port.

The marine terminal to ship LNG to overseas markets is slated to be built roughly 230 kilometres northeast of Quebec City, at a cost of $9.5 billion.

The decision by Berkshire Hathaway, which represents a major blow to the project, was first reported by La Presse Thursday and later confirmed by Radio-Canada.

Stéphanie Fortin, head of communications for the company behind the project, GNL Québec, said the company had lost a significant potential investor, but did not want to say who it is.

She did say, however, that the company lost the investor because of the "current Canadian political context."

She said with "instability" in the last few weeks, such as ongoing rail blockades, foreign investors are getting nervous.....

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Aptn InFocus - March 4, 2020

What effect could work camps have on Indigenous women once construction on CGL pipeline starts in B.C?

Ashleigh Cardinal is Cree from Goodfish Lake and has spent nine years working in the oil and gas industry.

Victoria Redsun is Dene-Cree from Barren Lands who has spent much of her life fighting the oil and gas industry.

Despite coming at it from different perspectives of the industry, both fear the effects that 14 work camps associated with the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline will have on 20 Indigenous communities in northern B.C., particularly women and girls.

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In 2016 Amnesty International looked at oil and gas extraction, mining, and hydroelectric development in northern B.C. and the impact of work camps associated with them.

The study found “substantial evidence of a serious problem demonstrated in the correlations between resource extraction and violence against indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA.”

The inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls cited these “man camps” several times  as being dangerous to Indigenous women near where they operate, and noted the mountain of abuses against Indigenous women in northern Manitoba associated with hydro development man camps in the 1960s.

APTN asked CGL what they’re doing in the face of evidence of the ink between work camps and violence against Indigenous women as they’re preparing to build several along the pipeline route.

They said all workers sign a Code of Conduct contract to ensure a “positive” experience for the workers and the nearby communities.

CGL wouldn’t provide a copy of the contract.

The company said Indigenous community workforce advisors will be at the camps and they’ll have “continuous engagement with Indigenous and local communities” to address issues if any arise.

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2018 PIPELINE EXPLOSION NEAR PRINCE GEORGE REVEALED “SHOCKING” SAFETY BREACHES

The Lheidli T’enneh First Nation has responded to a Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) report on an October 2018 Enbridge pipeline explosion near the community’s borders, saying the report contains “shocking” confirmation of serious safety breaches.

The newly-released findings show that the explosion—which rattled band office windows two kilometres away and forced some 100 people in the community to evacuate—was the result of “stress corrosion cracking,” reports Prince George Matters. In the wake of the report, the Lheidli T’enneh, who filed a lawsuit against Enbridge in February 2019, have reiterated their profound lack of confidence in the pipeliner’s capacity to transport hydrocarbons safely....

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PRESS RELEASE: Wet’suwet’en, BCCLA, and UBCIC Release Explosive Letter Revealing BC Solicitor General Authorizing RCMP Deployment, Contradicting Public Statements

VANCOUVER/ (Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories, March 6, 2020 – Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, BC Civil Liberties Association and Union of BC Indian Chiefs are releasing a letter dated January 27, 2020 from BC Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth to RCMP Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan.

In the letter, Farnworth declared a “provincial emergency” under the Provincial Police Service Agreement and explicitly authorized the “internal redeployment of resources within the Provincial Police Service.” Article 9 of the Provincial Police Service Agreement stipulates that, if in the opinion of the Provincial Minister an Emergency in an area of provincial responsibility exists, then the Provincial Police Service will be redeployed at the written request of the Provincial Minister and the Province will pay the costs of the redeployment.

This explosive revelation of the BC Solicitor General authorizing additional RCMP resources and redeployment comes on the heels of repeated statements by the provincial government that they lacked jurisdiction or authority over RCMP actions in Wet’suwet’en territories. On January 20, Premier John Horgan was reported as saying “Our government has no authority to vary that injunction, nor to direct the RCMP in the fulfillment of its responsibilities.” On February 10, Horgan again stated, “Governments do not direct the courts, nor do we direct the RCMP.”

According to Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Na’Moks, “The province bears responsibility for the heavy RCMP deployment and for the policing of our people on our own territories. In many of our discussions, the province was passing the buck for RCMP operations but this letter spells it out in black and white. The provincial government can no longer deny responsibility for the Indigenous rights and human rights violations happening on our territories. We have come to the table with respect and truth but the province is not demonstrating respectful or truthful conduct. We have always asserted our laws and presence peacefully, yet the province authorized the extra deployment of RCMP against us. Canada and BC must answer to this mistruth and absolutely must change its ways.”

“It is incredibly troubling and shocking that the provincial government would declare the peaceful assertion of Wet’suwet’en law and jurisdiction as a provincial policing emergency. The Wet’suwet’en people and the people of British Columbia have a right to know on what basis this unprecedented authorization was made. It is inconsistent for the provincial government to, on the one hand, legislate the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as well as state non-interference in policing operations and, on the other hand, authorize a RCMP deployment aimed at over-policing and criminalizing Indigenous peoples on their own territories,” says Harsha Walia, Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association.

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs stated, “This letter by Mike Farnworth reveals the blatant hypocrisy and lies of the provincial NDP government on the Wet’suwet’en crisis. Farnworth sat silently while Premier Horgan unabashedly lied that the Province did not direct RCMP actions. This is an act of government deceit not only against the Wet’suwet’en but of the public at-large. The province’s rhetoric about reconciliation rings even hollower. We call for the immediate resignation of Mike Farnworth for dishonourable conduct and for declaring the Wet’suwet’en people a policing emergency and a threat on their own territories.”

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The contention made by  both Trudeau and Horgan that they had no ability to direct the national and provincial police force was always patently ridiculous and unstainable. I certainly never believed it and I suspect few did. But it does reveal that the leadership of our country takes the citizens of our country for fools. And unfortunately, that is all too often the case. The day when you could afford to leave everything in the hands of your trusted representatives is long past. They haven't been trustworthy for some time. Time to pay attention to affairs. Much depends on your awareness or lack of. Gullibility and receptivity to  official lies cause danger and harm to others if not yourselves.

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What is very fascist of the BC NDP is that they did this before there was any urgent need except corporate greed. They gave a preemptive blank cheque to the RCMP to use whatever resources they want to from all over the province. It means that they have also taken over prosecution of the injunction orders. When I was arrested on Burnaby Mountain I was accused and charged by TMX's lawyers. However because of the escalating size of the demonstrations the AG told the Crown prosecutors office to conduct the prosecution instead of the corporate lawyers.

To be clear during my first hearing I faced a prosecutor employed by the corporation building the pipeline but at my second hearing I faced a Crown prosecutor. Without this preemptive strike by the Horgan government the Wet'suwet,en would have been hauled into court by lawyers employed by the corporation. I guess the optics of the reality of our injunction law was not something they wanted aired internationally. I can see the headlines:RCMP Arrests Hereditary Chiefs by Order of Corporation's Lawyers.

I voted for Scott Fraser because he talked the talk. I will work against him in the next election. I hate hypocrites.

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 ..the ndp had talks with the hereditary chiefs going back at least a year. long before they contacted the rcmp. the ndp knew very well there would be resistance. they worked out a plan, a strategy on how they would deal with that resistance. what they would say publicly. what they would try to hide. what they would lie about. how they would try and use the introduction of undrip. quite vicious of them.  

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

Maybe he was just talking about calling in the army. Police don't have machine guns and just because a soldier is carrying a machinegun (in accordance with section and platoon level doctrine) doesn't mean they're using it to "machinegun protestors". Those soldiers have to carry machineguns as a part of doctrine, ya know? Could be just a guy or girl standing there.

 

 

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Wiikwemkoong and Manitoulin first nations plan rally for Saturday

Solidarity rallies in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs continue across the north.

On Saturday from 12p.m. to 4 p.m, Wiikwemkoong and Manitoulin first nations representatives will hold a rally at the intersection of highway 6 and 17 in Espanola.

Organizers say traffic will be stopped every 15 minutes on the hour and there will also be traffic slowdowns in between those times.

Manitoulin OPP say they know about the event but it is unclear if they will be on hand during the event.

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Still stuck’: Canada knows path to reconciliation but not how to walk it

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But something is still missing.

“We’ve got a lot of great material out there; a comprehensive list of recommendations. We have politicians who say the right thing all the time, but we’re still stuck in terms of the tough decisions, the real action and follow through that is so crucial,” said Neve on Nation to Nation Thursday.

Neve said he’s not trying to dismiss some of the Trudeau government’s work to date, including calling the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls inquiry or its expressed support for UNDRIP.

But “steaming ahead” with construction of Site C, a major hydro dam in British Columbia, works against this progress.

“[It] flies in the face of what the UN declaration is all about,” said Neve, adding the two most affected First Nations oppose the dam saying it will destroy their traditional territory.

Nonetheless, billions of dollars has been invested.

“It really kind of gives lie to the fact that great things are said but when tough and important decisions need to be made then that conviction seems to fade away,” he said.

Speaking of reconciliation, as one blockade goes down it seems another goes up across Canada as the Wet’suwet’en solidary demonstrations continue.

But who wins in the end?

“When you pit jobs, the promise of jobs, against Indigenous rights, and environmental rights, typically who wins? Jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Pitseolak Pfeifer, a consultant and owner of Inuit Solutions.

There’s been about a dozen court injunctions granted across Canada almost as easy as ordering a pizza, something Pfeifer said violates the rights of Indigenous people.

“It’s completely one-sided. What it does is puts all the blame and guilt on Indigenous people who are trying to protect their rights,” he said.

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..from an email

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It's Not Over

"In the wake of limited talks between the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and representatives of the Canadian state, a sense of confusion has set in. State and corporate media outfits have added to this confusion by portraying these talks as an endpoint to the protests that have been taking place for weeks in support of Wet'suwet'en and against the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

But the fact remains that there's been no agreement to allow for the pipeline to be built, and no calls have been made for people to take down their blockades. Despite what they want you to think... it's not over.

#ShutDownCanada #WetsuwetenStrong #ReconciliationIsDead

Drivers Needed

Not free for two weeks but want to help? Many people who can go to camp don't have rides. If you can make the journey from Vancouver to Houston and back please send us an email with your availability. 

Sean in Ottawa

I still think the focus when it comes to support from allies for Indigenous people can be on the things Indigenous peoples all are in aggreement on. 

I also think this focus could be more effective since if these nations were not negotiatng with Canada with an economic gun to their heads they would be less likely to make compromises that upset you when it comes to the environment.

I think a point you can take from Quizzical is that you can oppose the pipeline for environmental reasons AND you can support Indigenous people to be treated justly without getting into what is also an internal disagreement. On that point you are trying to make your position take cover behind them.

Now this internal disagreement is not just limited to the pipeline itself. There are Indigenous people pointing out that blockades are not their preferred method of advancing their cause as they believe it hurts the people (the public) they want to dialogue with making reconciliation more difficult. This means that there are questions of tactics here. 

There is a problem when well-meaning people take the space from others even when they believe that they are helping.

At this point I feel there are some very clear ways allies can support Indigenous people's struggle: calling for economic justice for one - when it comes to social services delivery equality. Another is for the government of Canada to resolve promises they made in good faith to address land claims. There are a number of areas where there is broad consensus.

On the other hand if you want to oppose a pipeline or any other project for environmental reasons, you do not need to invoke Indigenous support when their communities are not entirely decided.

It is also reasonable to call for a cessation of all activity on Indigenous land where their nations have not reached an internal consensus. At this point one big criticism that can be leveled at provincial and federal governments is where they proceed with only a partial agreement from some of the parties ignoring traditional governance. But if you are going to stand on that issue then that argument has to be for a moratorium until full internal agreement is found within the nation -- for the purpose of that argument you should be prepared for the terms they might make in agreement that you might disagree with if you are not just using them.

This does not mean you do not maintain an environmental position quite apart form support for Indigenous people. But morally you should know where one begins and the other ends. You should not impose your environmentalism as a gift on other people who are struggling to be heard -- even if some agree with you. You have to let them speak and support that. Indigenous people, since this began have been calling for other Canadians to let them come to terms internally.

The problem here is when you make it an absolute environmental position that you are claiming to be in support of Indigenous peoples when in fact they have not arrived at that absolute consensus.

I sympathise with your positions but I think there are important distinctions that must be made out of respect when you are invoking their rights and spaces. Otherwise what is a gesture of support becomes one of aggression and cooption.

 

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Sovereignty is the main issue that joins the indigenous activists from coast to coast to coast. The Wet'suwet'en are fighting for their right to be recognized. You didn't even mention it once.

Your argument is nonsensical to anyone who believes in anything. Take out indigenous and insert anything else you want. There are workers in a strike situation that don't want to fight with the company so they go to work. I don't emphasis with them I call them scabs. I am supporting indigenous activists from across the country and I think it is crazy to say do nothing about anything until the community you want to support come to a consensus. There were black community leaders who spoke out against the civil rights protests because of the backlash it was causing. There are Iranians who support the Ayatollah so does that mean I should just shut the fuck up and not talk about the states use of violence against peaceful demonstrators.

Sorry but I do pick sides in everything unlike some people who like to sit on the fence and tell both sides how easy it is to get along. Careful sometimes the fences have sharp pickets.

 

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oh bs kropotkin you mentioned nothing again about how the K'omocks and Beecher Bay were disrespected by extinction rebellion exploiters.

you dont get to accuse Sean of neglecting to mention.

i picked a side too. the one not exploiting and riding the coattails of Indigenous struggles to be recognized. the exploiting asshats skew true recognition parameters and cause people to view Indigenous struggles through extinction rebellion lenses. and reconciliation then is distorted.

 

 

 

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The Cost of 'Consent' - Negotiating 'True Recognition Parameters' for Canada

https://twitter.com/1mohawklawyer/status/1236027422908329985

"Perry's AFN salary is six figures tax free, plus he gets a car and rent covered since the AFN charter requires the National Chief to live in Ottawa where the AFN National office is located. AFN is funded mainly by the Govt of Canada. I've heard it will be about $55 million this year."

#SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPiplinesNoRCMP  #ShutThisShitDown  #Decolonize

No to Canada's Vichy colonialism - Resist Don't Collaborate.

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'Influx of 4,500 Workers Raise Fears of Violence Against Women'

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"We've been warning about this for sometime. I guess for those band councils who signed, their women and girls have a price?"

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..here's the silencing source

Benefits agreements and “divide and rule” tactics: Following the money behind the Coastal GasLink pipeline

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Those 20 agreements reached with band councils, and the millions promised

There has been a great deal of attention on the 20 benefits agreements CGL has signed with First Nations bands along the route. These agreements are not available to the public, but one was leaked to the CBC. In it, a clause requires that everyone in the band continues to support the project and refrain from dissenting on social media. 

Another unsigned agreement disclosed by the Yellowhead Institute shows a clause encouraging First Nations bands to persuade other members to support the pipeline. The agreement states CGL’s intent of gaining “irrevocable consent.” 

“[The First Nation] will not take, and will take all reasonable actions to persuade [First Nation] members to not take, any action, legal or otherwise, including any media or social media campaign, that may impede, hinder, frustrate, delay, stop or interfere with the Project’s contractors, any Authorizations or any Approval Processes,” the agreement reads. 

Another clause prevents the First Nation from challenging TC Energy using their rights to Aboriginal title under the Constitution. Even if a Nation is able to claim land title in the future, the agreement limits their ability to make any legal claims against the company later as well. 

The government also has 16 agreements with Indigenous groups along the route, separate from the 20 with CGL. These agreements all offer an initial amount of around one million dollars, an additional payment of around half a million dollars, and a share of $10 million per year in ongoing payments. 

That $10 million is supposed to be distributed among “eligible First Nations” annually, on the anniversary of the project’s in-service date. What Nations constitute “eligible First Nations” is decided by the province. But, if all of those Nations can agree on how the $10 million will be divided up by a specific date, the government will distribute the money according to that. If not, the government will decide how it’s divided. 

For instance, the Nee-Tahi-Buhn band is promised $2.1 million. They received half that amount after signing this deal, and will get the other half after the pipeline is completed. They’re eligible for $420 thousand in additional payments. On top of that, Nee-Tahi-Buhn will receive a portion of that 10 million dollars in ongoing payments every year. How much of the 10 million they receive, however, was likely divided up in a separate deal in 2015. That figure could not be found on the BC government website, so it is likely not made public. 

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Concerns of “divide and conquer”

In a press release from 2014, the hereditary chiefs voiced their concern of a “divide and conquer” strategy they claim the government used. Before a feast hall began, the invited government representatives left. In the press release after the feast hall, the hereditary chiefs claim the government supported a nonprofit society called the Wet’suwet’en Matriarchal Coalition (WMC) to “divide and conquer” their peoples and delegitimize the hereditary chiefs. The B.C. government and CGL each donated $30 000 to the group. 

“[The Province] have secretly planned with and provided resources to a new B.C. Societies Act organization called the WMC,” The hereditary chiefs said in a press release. “Evidencing yet another in a long history of dishonorable sharp dealings with the Crown.” 

The women that founded the organization, Gloria George, Darlene Glaim, and Theresa Tait-Day, wanted to support the CGL project in light of the economic opportunities it could offer for their young people.  

Glaim resigned two years later. In her resignation letter, Glaim stated that the WMC was formed “expressly to sign a benefits agreement on behalf of the clans.”  

Apart from this society, there are Wet’suwet’en matriarchs that feel underrepresented by the all-male group of hereditary chiefs. This past week, during the talks with federal and provincial partners, the hereditary chiefs welcomed matriarchs to the table. These issues of representation are being worked out by the Wet’suwet’en, and that situation is separate from the WMC that was funded by CGL and the B.C. government in 2014. 

CGL and the B.C. government have clear confidence in the project, despite the lack of consent from the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs. What’s occurring now is a direct result of almost a decade of consultations, and a failure to reach consensus. It’s complicated on every level, but following the money reveals how “the largest private sector investment in Canada’s history” has been made possible.

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"Once you take away all the oil and gas subsidies and the money stowed away in tax havens, and start accounting for the massive costs to the environment and public health you get an industry that is no longer economical."

https://twitter.com/dimitrilascaris/status/1236630303369814017

#EocideIsGenocide  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP   #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem

quizzical

i see you 2 are still pushing your colonizer agenda of divide and exploit by posting articles with disparaging comments about FN you don't  agree with. 

too funny the articles are stating others are doing exactly what you are. Pot kettle.

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Reconciliation isn't dead. It was never alive, Mohawk activist says

Indigenous activist, human rights advocate and person of the longhouse, Ellen Gabriel, gave an impassioned lecture at Queen's University on Wednesday about the state of the relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples.

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During a passionate speech in front of a packed room at The University Club, Gabriel argued that the events of the past month are just the latest instance of Indigenous people standing up for their laws and traditions when elected leaders would not, just as they had during the Oka Crisis.

“Band councils are entities created by the state of Canada designed to promote the agenda of Canada and not recognize, or even respect, the ancestral teaching and laws that our ancestors had when Europeans first arrived here,” she said.

“In 1990, they called people like myself radicals and that the government wanted to talk to the moderates, who were the elected band councils. Well, I am very proud to be called a radical rather than a moderate, because, I think, radicals are the ones who make change.

“In 1990, they talked about the band council versus the traditional council. Well, they are still talking about that today.”

In Gabriel’s view, one of the greatest of the Canadian system’s many faults is that it does not accept the legitimacy of Indigenous laws. There can be no self-determination for Indigenous people, she said, until they are able to make decisions using the laws that served their ancestors well for thousands of years.

She sees overtures towards reconciliation by the federal government or decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada upholding Indigenous rights as being profoundly hollow.

The government, she noted, will say nice things right up until the point it doesn’t get its way, and it calls in the RCMP to use force. That Indigenous people have to go into Canadian courts to assert their rights and title at all shows how broken the system is.

“We are being asked to rely on the Canadian justice system to provide us with some amount of justice. I have no faith in it, I’m sorry, ” she said.

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“Our law looks at both the present and future generations, and Indigenous law would never allow an unsustainable resource to pollute the land and waters.

“Without a doubt, we have a veto. Not the government or corporations. We have a veto.”

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Ecosocialists and UBCIC demand Mike Farnworth's resignation for authorizing RCMP's massive show of force

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Two weeks after that letter was sent, Premier John Horgan claimed that his government has "no authority...to direct the RCMP in the fulfillment of its responsibilities".

As a result of this apparent contradiction, a new political party, the B.C. Ecosocialists, and the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs have each called for Farnworth's resignation for allowing a monumental show of RCMP force on unceded Wet'suwet'en territory in early February.

"Although the fact that the NDP was, on one hand, stating that their Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth, does not make high-level law enforcement decisions for B.C., while, on the other, blaming Farnworth’s predecessor for the enforcement decisions taken on his watch, beggared belief, we were not in possession of direct confirmation of Farnworth’s oversight until today," B.C. Ecosocialists spokesperson Stuart Parker stated in a party news release.

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs have repeatedly said that the pipeline project is illegal under their laws.

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BC ECOSOCIALISTS CALL FOR BC SOLICITOR-GENERAL’S RESIGNATION

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“This shows, as we repeatedly stated from the moment the escalation began,” Parker explained, “that it was BC’s Solicitor-General who gave the order to escalate and militarize the unceded territory of the Wet’suwet’en. We learned yesterday that this also included an invocation of a statutory emergency. Just as we have stated, from the beginning of this escalation, the BC NDP intentionally pursued the same callous and dangerous course as it did in the 1995 Gustafsen Lake standoff, when Farnworth was a cabinet minister and, John Horgan, a senior government political staffer.”

“While this irresponsible militarization and escalation, by itself, warrants the Solicitor-General’s resignation,” he continued, “there is a second element to this that disqualifies him from continued service: his government’s repeated misrepresentation of the chain of command. Riding presidents and backbench MLAs received talking points, the premier made on-the-record statements, as did Farnworth, the Minister of Forests and, as recently as yesterday, government negotiator Nathan Cullen, falsely claiming that the decision to escalate was the federal government’s and that Farnworth did not make any high level policing decisions on this matter.”

“This latter effort to mislead the public should and does concern all British Columbians, irrespective of their views on Indigenous rights, aboriginal title, climate change, fracking or pipelines. Our province’s most senior law-enforcement official cannot continue to serve in that capacity if he lies about the chain of command and makes policing decisions on a political basis while concealing this fact from the public and baldfacedly telling them the opposite. The Minister has disrespected not only the Wet’suwet’en and Indigenous people as a whole; he has disrespected the officers under his command by attempting to publicly shirk responsibility for orders he has given them. And, consequently, has disrespected the rule of law itself,” Parker concluded.
 
The BC Ecosocialist Party continues to call for the immediate rescinding of all Coastal Gas Link permits as well as those for the project the pipeline fuels, Royal Dutch Shell’s “LNG Canada.”

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kropotkin1951

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oh bs kropotkin you mentioned nothing again about how the K'omocks and Beecher Bay were disrespected by extinction rebellion exploiters.

No extinction rebellion activist protested on either of those reserves. Unlike the Wet'suet'en fighting for their homeland and rights the chiefs of both those First Nations derive their authority from the racist Indian Act. The Beecher Bay First Nation is interesting but it would never come close to meeting the criteria in Delgamuukw for asserting its indigenous land title to the area that the protest occurred in, unlike the Wet'suet'en whose SCC case defined the criteria. The K'omocks on the other hand still have large parts of their hereditary system in place however unlike the Beecher Bay chief they did not say that people can't protest without their permissions they were pissed that the news reports named them as the protestors, when unlike other First Nations in Canada they have not protested. Very different than saying no one can protest on unceded territory. I have never seen the right to exclude other citizens Charter right to protest, in the bundle of rights that indigenous people are fighting for. I found it a fascinating new twist to the MSM disinformation campaign.

Some people also think CLAC is a union and I should acknowledge its viewpoint on labour issues.  I can tell the difference between fighting the system and going along to get along.

I don't share the view that this world would be a better place if everyone would just calm down and accept the rule of our corporate masters. If we all did that they could stop killing people all over the planet. Their only quest is to direct the resources of the globe into financial assets listed in their name in selected tax havens. If people would only accept their place and stop fighting, the world could have a true Pax Americana.

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don't  skew my words kropotkin I never said shit about following corporate ideology.

i am saying stop disparaging FN voices you dont agree with. it's colonizer bs.

and yes extinction rebellion was involved with both activities. exploiters in the worst possible way.

kropotkin1951

I have never said anything disparaging about First Nations leaders. The fact that calling them by their proper legal titles is considered a slur by you is not something I have any control over. I understand the differences in governance models among indigenous groups in Canada and respect their right to chose for themselves in each of their communities.

This thread is about defending indigenous sovereignty against an armed invasion by the RCMP at the behest of a foreign multinational conglomerate. I stand with the Wet'suet'en and live in the unceded territory of the K’ómoks who are in Stage 5 of the treaty process. Whatever the K’ómoks decide is none of my business. I believe that the Beecher Bay First Nation was part of one of the Douglas Treaties but they are in the process of changing their governance model.

It is Coastal Gas that is breaking the law in my opinion and they are using my tax dollars to pay for the RCMP paramilitary squads to enforce tort law instead of constitutional law. I will continue to take sides with the people fighting against our global overlords.

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"Now blockaders dare tell what, how and when the PM could speak. That Canada has come to this is such a shame."

https://twitter.com/ujjaldosanjh/status/1231152710499655680

We already know how Ujjal would have handled it...'We fully support the RCMP. There is one law for all Canadians.'

Above The Law: At Gustafsen Lake (2-part documentary)

https://youtu.be/6Byv034Ciss

https://youtu.be/CqT0xn8OdVw

"The Sundancers of Gustafsen Lake have one demand. That the petition dated January 3, 1995 be addressed by an independent, third party tribunal, one that is not Canadian. Is the popular assumption that the Canadian courts and police have jurisdiction legal? Or is that assumption [Constitutionally] criminally treasonable, fraudulent and complicitous in the genocide of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada as alleged in the petition.?"

#NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #Decolonize  #thetimeisnow

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At the Rally for Women of Diverse Origins in #Montreal today, a member of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation denounces RCMP violations of the human right of Wet’suwet’en women.

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Many of the ladies in this photo have been keeping the Six Nations Highway 6 blockade running like a well-oiled machine. We all know they still have at least a week left and I just received word they're a little low on funds. They are holding down two camps at different ends of...

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Solidarity action with Wet'suwet'en blocks access to the Port of Montreal

A group of nearly 100 people blocked access to the Viau entrance to the Port of Montreal on Saturday afternoon at 2:15 p.m. The group occupied the entrance for half an hour in order to erect barricades and place several banners in front of the port entrance, preventing the entry or exit of goods. The protectors of water and land then demonstrated in the streets of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

This action is organized in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en who are fighting against the continued occupation of their territories not surrendered by Coastal GasLink and the RCMP. The action succeeds the multiple railway blockages that have taken place in the so-called Montreal in the past weeks.

"We are here to show our solidarity with the indigenous populations across" Canada "who have blocked ports, government buildings, roads and railways in order to disrupt the economy and force the end of the occupation of the Wet lands. 'suwet'en,' said Michelle Fournier.

On March 2, the Gidimt'en checkpoint in Wet'suwet'en territory published a video calling for continued solidarity actions, asking their allies to keep up the pressure and recalling that no agreement has been reached. been concluded regarding the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

"We are here in support of the Wet'suwet'en, inspired by the fire wardens who held a rail blockage for more than three weeks in Kahnawake. While this barricade was voluntarily dismantled on March 5, the guards and fire wardens have moved their holy fire and asserted that they are ready to take further action if necessary, given the continued occupation of the territory by CGL and the RCMP, "said Jeremy Dupuis....

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Blocking Access to Port of Montreal

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We have never been a position like this ever. What we are doing impacts indigenous Peoples from all around the World whether they know it or not. The Canadian and B.C. governments have created a crisis and left it to CGL and the RCMP to bring violence to our lands.

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The AFNQL Calls for a Special First Ministers' Meeting on First Nations Issues

The "political crisis" is an unfortunate reminder that our rights, titles and treaties are being held hostage to a colonial ideology that systematically circumvents them. As long as the federal, provincial and territorial governments continue to ignore the urgency of sustainable solutions and the conditions to achieve them, we run the risk of having to manage other crises, which will inevitably involve resources and the inability for First Nations to access them and create their own economies.

"The First Ministers' Meeting convened by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cannot afford to turn a blind eye to the gap that continues to exist between the federal and provincial governments and First Nations. The events of the last few weeks have amply demonstrated the urgency to act and respond to our issues," said AFNQL Chief Ghislain Picard.

"We believe that the meeting of the country's leaders should engage them to hold a special First Ministers' meeting that would focus specifically on First Nations issues. I would even go so far as to suggest to the Premier of Quebec, François Legault, to take up the challenge, to make his mark and propose the holding of such a meeting to his federal and provincial counterparts during their discussions on March 12 and 13," adds Chief Picard.

"We have another opportunity to learn from a situation that was not desired by anyone, including the Wet'suwet'en Nation, and allow good faith and political will to be put together. This will require "brave people" to do so. That is what we expect from the leaders of this country. We are ready," concluded Chief Picard of the AFNQL.

About the AFNQL
The Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador is the regional political organization that brings together 43 First Nations Chiefs in Quebec and Labrador. Follow the AFNQL on Twitter @APNQL.

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Now that I’ve made a lil progress im so excited to show you the piece I’ve been working on! It’s the one I was starting when I got arrested during the railroad blockade. Its so goddamn inspiring to see Indigenous peoples and our allies rising up to protect the land and the water.

NDPP

#DissolveAFN

https://twitter.com/1mohawklawyer/status/1236765732395941888

"Daily Reminder: The AFN is a threat to the collective rights of First Nations people. They are selling out our sovereignty and treaty positions for more funding. Make noise and pressure your leadership to drop out now."

See also #175

#SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #DissolveAFN  #thetimeisnow  #NoJusticeNoPeace

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WE WON’T BACK DOWN! SOLIDARITY WITH WET’SUWET’EN

Friday, March 13, 2020 at 12 PM​

Peacekeeping Monument, Ottawa

THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER! The RCMP and CGL are still on Wet’suwet’en territory without the nation’s consent and they need to leave now!

The Prime Minister and all the provincial premiers – including BC premier John Horgan – will be meeting in Ottawa this Friday, and Indigenous Youth and their allies have a message for them: respect Indigenous rights and sovereignty, and tell the RCMP to leave unceded Wet’suwet’en land now!....

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No arrests in protest at Columbia Gas Transmission in Charleston

According to Kanawha County Dispatchers, a large group of protesters have gathered in the lobby of Columbia Gas Transmission at 1700 MacCorkle Avenue.

According to Appalachians Against Pipelines, the group is acting in solidarity with the Indigenous Wet’suwet’en people, who are defending their unceded land in so-called British Columbia, Canada, from the Coastal GasLink Pipeline and other unwanted, dangerous pipeline projects. The Coastal GasLink Pipeline is a project of TC Energy (formerly known as TransCanada).

According to the group, they shut down the TC Energy Headquarters. Outside the building, a warrior flag symbolizing Indigenous power has been raised. Banners on site read “SOLIDARITY WITH WET’SUWET’EN,” “YOU ARE ON STOLEN LAND,” and “JUSTICE FOR Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, or MMIW.

Mama Julz, Oglala Lakota and founder of the Mothers Against Meth Alliance, explained her decision to take action, saying, “My territory is experiencing a meth epidemic, and many missing and murdered relatives. All the drugs and sex trafficking come from man camps that TransCanada has brought to my territory. Wet’suwet’en has been experiencing that same violence for years. They have the Highway of Tears, where their missing and murdered relatives are stolen from. It all comes from the pipelines. It’s important to be in solidarity because we face violence from the same industry. Our ancestors traveled and always kept us connected with our indigenous relatives to the North. The waters connect us.”......

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How TC Energy (TransCanada) treated Indigenous rights in its Mexico projects

A day after federal and provincial ministers and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs announced a proposed arrangement over the Coastal GasLink pipeline, TC Energy Corporation came out with an announcement of its own.

In a statement, the company claimed it had the required permits to proceed with Coastal GasLink. Despite traditional Wet'suwet'en leaders’ ongoing opposition to the project, TC Energy said it planned to resume construction.

The decision should have come as no surprise.

TC Energy (Trans Canada) has been accused of running roughshod over Indigenous rights in its Mexico projects. With Coastal GasLink, its controversial British Columbia project in Canada, it seems the company may be employing that same tactics.

“Without question the recent so-called negotiations failed to resolve the primary issue of the pipeline itself,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBIC). “We are no closer to the resolution of those issues than we were two weeks ago. It looks pretty dismal for any resolution of these deeply entrenched positions on the part of Coastal GasLink and the Wetʼsuwetʼen people.”

The decision by the TC Energy to press on with its Coastal GasLink project in Canada fits a pattern of moving ahead despite opposition. The company has turned a deaf ear to objection from indigenous people before. In the United States, the Rosebud Sioux and Fort Belknap Indian are fighting TC Energy’s Keystone XL pipeline proposal. And in Mexico, the Nahua, Totonaca, Otomí and Tepehua have spoken out against TC Energy’s construction of pipelines on their land.

TC Energy (formerly TransCanada Corp.) is a company with the resources to weather long storms and to overcome enormous hurdles. Its 2019 revenue was over $13 billion, and its profits approached $4 billion. (All monetary figures in this story are in U.S. dollars.)

A look at the conflict in Mexico reveals a case strikingly similar to the one in Canada, but with two critical distinctions: it is the Mexican government itself that has been critical of TC Energy’s insensitivity to Indigenous concerns; and it is the Mexican government that’s put the brakes on one of TC Energy’s Mexican projects.

“Numerous gas projects in Mexico have experienced community conflict, and last year the president of Mexico, Andrés Lopez Obrador, said that he was going to change or cancel them,” said Alejandra Barriguete, a Mexico City-based researcher and journalist. “He also said that the gas contracts weren’t a good deal for Mexico. This caused huge conflict with the companies.”.....

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The Frontline Promo

Jack Garton creates this beautiful new song and video.

Support Song in Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en. please educate yourself on this, it has many issues wrapped up into a country wide protest

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