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

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..when a company wants to set up shop in canada there is a process. they reach out to the leadership. they don't go to paladin or pondering and ask what they want and then proceed if the answer is yes.

..there is also a process when it comes to wetʼsuwetʼen territory. title holders are the authority. the title holders say no pipeline. an offer for a different route was rejected. so it's back to no. this no has been supported by feasts or pot-latches..which are equalling to the voice of the people..since 2011.  

..that central issue has and is still being ignored. it doesn't matter what arguments you present in this thread if you ignore this. different viewpoints within the nation is an internal matter that gets exploited on a regular basis by govs, corps and others. 

The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs are willing to accept an alternate route that still goes through their territory. That suggests their issue is not climate change.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wetsuweten-coastal-gasli...

"The Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs provided alternative routes to Coastal GasLink that would have been acceptable to them as a pipeline corridor," he said in a statement last month.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/wetsuweten-coastal-gasli...

Being indigenous doesn't mean someone is an environmentalist. Indigenous peoples did not start the climate change battle and they don't dominate it.

From "the Leap"

This leap must begin by respecting the inherent rights and title of the original caretakers of this land. Indigenous communities have been at the forefront of protecting rivers, coasts, forests and lands from out-of-control industrial activity. We can bolster this role, and reset our relationship, by fully implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

That includes their right to accept development.

In this case they are not against the pipeline just the particular route that it takes.

Yes companies do exploit differences between indigenous peoples but it is the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs that are willing to accept a different route. I'm pretty sure the ones that want the pipeline would also be fine with an alternative route.

I am against the pipeline no matter what the route is. My issue is appropriation of indigenous voices through projecting views on them that they themselves are not expressing. Climate change is not the reason they are opposing the route of the pipeline.

 

 

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The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs are willing to accept an alternate route that still goes through their territory. That suggests their issue is not climate change.

..this is not the only conclusion to be drawn from that proposal. there are many issues involved. i want to stress, once again, the central issue. which has been pointed out many times, it's the wet’suwet’en people that will make that decision. 

..not the corporations and not the governments. which is the primary reason the pipeline is on the table. the wet’suwet’en peoples did not go looking for the pipeline..it's being rammed down their throats in many ways. enormous poverty being one tool used..that ties funding to pipeline agreement. colonisation is ruthless and it should be in the forefront of people mind posting in this thread. stop trying to normalise the situation. it is anything but.

..you can't split off the hereditary chiefs from the people. hereditary chiefs are not off in ivory towers like our governments who are isolated from the people. feasts are the deciding factor. the chiefs follow the will of the feasts. i understand that very dynamic, thorough and intense debates occur at these feasts. the indian act band council members participate in those feasts. the results, the decisions coming out of those feasts, as i have pointed out, have been no pipelines since 2011.    

..i believe the offer for a different route was strategic or tactical. 

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..colonisation is ruthless i repeat. this is not normal and shouldn't be seen as normal. from a link i posted earlier today.

A Concise Chronology of Canada’s Colonial Cops

The armed invasion and arrests in Wet’suwet’en territory carried out by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) this February that have sparked cross-country Indigenous resistance have been about more than just the enforcement of a court injunction on behalf of a natural gas pipeline company.

The RCMP may serve as Canada’s federal police force, but in relation to Indigenous peoples it is not so much a domestic policing agency as an occupying foreign army.

In the context of a previous police raid of Wet’suwet’en territory a year ago, the RCMP installed a special remote detachment along the forest-service road that leads to the decade-long-running Unist’ot’en camp and healing centre. The police force has continuously set up arbitrary exclusion zones in the area, stopping and arresting Indigenous people and their supporters without cause, as it facilitates the work of the Coastal GasLink pipeline company that is destroying the territory of Wet’suwet’en clans....

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As well, this pig isn't worth sweet fuck all as even a passing acquaintance with international realities in the oil and gas markets will show. This is not only ecocide as genocide and crown treason, but a sleazy scam designed to save a bunch of desperate oilygarchs that Canadian politicians have too long been in bed with.

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still colonial exploiting the Wet'Suwet'en i see.

 

even though they got control of their lands and doing what they want, you are imposing what you believe they are, or should be, doing.

some self examining would be appreciated. 

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What rock-bottom natural gas prices mean for Canada’s aspiring LNG industry

The headlines in oil and gas industry publications say it all. “LNG: From Hero to Zero.” “Giant LNG projects face coronavirus death or delay.” “The LNG market is ‘imploding.’ ”

As most people focus on the oil price collapse, scant attention has been paid to the similarly poor fortunes of another fossil fuel — one in which B.C. is heavily invested through the LNG Canada project. The project would ship fracked gas from northern B.C. to Kitimat via the Coastal GasLink pipeline, where it would be cooled and liquefied for transport to Asia on tankers.

The liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry was taking a hit even before the COVID-19 pandemic, with a glut in supply and several years of unusually warm winters reducing demand. But now the far-reaching global recession kindled by the pandemic has driven LNG prices to new rock-bottom lows, with prices falling faster than Brent crude.

The LNG equivalent of a barrel of oil — in terms of energy — can now be purchased for US$11 on the Asian spot market, costing less than two pints of beer at your local pub (if drinking establishments were open, that is). 

That’s an 80 per cent drop from the price LNG fetched on the Asian spot market in October 2018, when LNG Canada announced its final investment decision.

LNG carriers now idle off the west coast of India and Europe, unable to unload. Buyers have declared force majeure in efforts to wriggle out of contracts for LNG deliveries they no longer want. 

European LNG storage could be full in July instead of in the autumn, when it’s usually full, according to Robert Ineson, executive director of global LNG for IHS Markit.

“The entire supply chain is clogging up,” Ineson told The Narwhal. “We’re seeing cargos cancelled, so they’re not getting into ships in the first place — in part because the price spreads don’t justify economically making the transaction but also, as you have cargos sitting in tankers, those tankers are not available to take on new cargos.”

In April, less than four months into the year, the industry publication Natural Gas World pronounced 2020 a “catastrophic” year for LNG sellers, saying, “demand is declining, supply is growing and this will continue for some time.”......

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  ..not the corporations and not the governments. which is the primary reason the pipeline is on the table. the wet’suwet’en peoples did not go looking for the pipeline..it's being rammed down their throats in many ways. enormous poverty being one tool used..that ties funding to pipeline agreement. colonisation is ruthless and it should be in the forefront of people mind posting in this thread. stop trying to normalise the situation. it is anything but. 

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  ..you can't split off the hereditary chiefs from the people. hereditary chiefs are not off in ivory towers like our governments who are isolated from the people. feasts are the deciding factor. the chiefs follow the will of the feasts. i understand that very dynamic, thorough and intense debates occur at these feasts. the indian act band council members participate in those feasts. the results, the decisions coming out of those feasts, as i have pointed out, have been no pipelines since 2011.     

Right, and after consulting with their people they determined to accept the pipeline if it followed an alternate route. It is possible they knew the company would refuse. I think it would be very difficult to discuss such a plan at a feast.

You are totally correct about colonization, poverty and the attempted destruction of their entire culture and way of like. The answer cannot be that activists now decide what is good for them because we believe them to be coerced or whatever.

I agree with you that even if only one nation refuses access through their land they have the right to stop it regardless of what other nations want.

The fact remains that the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs offered an alternate route. It is not for us to determine the validity of their choice or question its authenticity. As you have noted yourself any divisions between indigenous peoples are for them to work out. If they are okay with the alternate route it is not for us to undermine their choice by saying it is due to XYZ therefore somehow invalid. 

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  ..i believe the offer for a different route was strategic or tactical.  

I think it was still genuine. If the company had agreed they would have accepted the pipeline. I am certainly not going to doubt the word of the hereditary chiefs

For whatever reason I have not heard indigenous peoples citing climate change as the reason they object to developments. The offer of the alternative route suggests their primary motivation and goal is to stop the pipeline from going through pristine wilderness. I have no doubt that many indigenous people are driven by climate change and many protesters are equally concerned about climate change but that is not the reasoning they are presenting.

It helps their cause for it to be known that they would accept an alternative route and the company refused the offer.

I do believe there is a danger in appropriating their voices and projecting motivations onto their rejection of the pipeline route that they have not expressed.

If any of the representatives of indigenous peoples are citing climate change as one of their reasons for opposing developments then of course I accept it but even then it would only extend to the people they represent either through the Indian act or through indigenous power structures.

Misappropriation of voices even in the service of a just cause still cannot be defended.  I am on your side, their side, but for me that includes accepting their stated motivations and goals without question in part because of colonization.

Maybe the reason they don't talk much about climate change is because their treaties are about land rights. If they give another reason they risk being attacked on the basis of their motivation being genralized not about the land.

I still can't assume that. Assuming it is just continued colonization and infantilizing. It doesn't matter if we think it reflects well on them. Because of colonization it is doubly important that we avoid projecting. There are certainly climate activists who are indigenous and involved in the fight against the pipeline but they don't represent the indigenous people.  The chiefs represent the will of the people be they hereditary or Indian Act.

 

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The answer cannot be that activists now decide what is good for them because we believe them to be coerced or whatever.

..as if that is the case. 1st you try and separate the heditary chiefs from their people and now you try and separate them from the activists. 

For whatever reason I have not heard indigenous peoples citing climate change as the reason they object to developments.

..i would say this is due to laziness but i think it's something else. several times in this thread quotes from heridtary chiefs has been just that. not less important then rights and titles because they understand their connection with the land in a much more direct way than settler folk. the camps are very much about climate change and land rights. 

I do believe there is a danger in appropriating their voices and projecting motivations onto their rejection of the pipeline route that they have not expressed.

..it was you pondering who did this with your quote: "That suggests their issue is not climate".

 I am on your side, their side

..without a doubt i know that you're on your side pondering. which is different than my side and their side. 

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Wet'suwet'en land defenders face risks experienced by environmental human rights defenders around the world

The Indigenous Wet'suwet'en land defenders protecting their territory in northern British Columbia from the construction of the TC Energy Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline are experiencing many of the situations, risks and dynamics that environmental human rights defenders (EHRDs) around the world encounter.

Challenging extractivism -- EHRDs are commonly at risk for opposing destructive extractive projects such as mining, hydroelectric dams, logging and agribusiness. The Wet'suwet'en oppose a fracked gas pipeline on their territory.

Megaprojects -- EHRDs have experienced increased rates of violence when they oppose a megaproject that impacts their community. The $6.6-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline is a 670-kilometre infrastructure project that would lead to a $40-billion liquefied natural gas plant financed by transnational corporations.

Seeking to stop violence -- EHRDs often express concern about community tensions and the violence that can come with a megaproject. The Wet'suwet'en are concerned by the violence against Indigenous women that comes with the "man camps" that house the workers who would build the fracked gas pipeline on their remote territory.

Free, prior and informed consent -- Indigenous EHRDs struggle to have their right to free, prior and informed consent (under ILO Convention 169 and the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples) respected. The Wet'suwe'ten hereditary chiefs have not given their free, prior and informed consent to the fracked gas pipeline.

Harassment -- EHRDs commonly face harassment by police and private security forces. The Unist'ot'en have stated that they have faced targeted and sustained harassment and intimidation tactics by police and private security on a daily basis.

Criminalization -- Indigenous EHRDs are often criminalized for occupying their own territory (commonly framed as "aggravated usurpation" or illegal occupation). While the Supreme Court of Canada has recognized the Wet'suwet'en as the rightful title holders of the territory, a lower court granted TC Energy an injunction to prevent the Wet'suwet'en from blocking pipeline construction work on their territory.

Impunity -- EHRDs are often subject to violence and harassment by state forces. The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association has argued that the RCMP decision to restrict movement from the 27-kilometre mark to the 4-kilometre mark on the Morice West Forest Service Road lies outside the scope of the B.C. Supreme Court injunction. And yet the police have maintained this exclusion zone and arrested human rights observers within it.

Gender-specific violence -- EHRDs are often women (WEHRDs). They face the same risks as other defenders, but they are additionally exposed to gender-based violence and gender-specific risks. Unist'ot'en matriarchs Freda Huson (Chief Howihkat), Brenda Michell (Chief Geltiy) and Dr. Karla Taiit were arrested February 10 while holding a ceremony to call on their ancestors and to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

State violence -- EHRDs are unarmed and peaceful but face armed force. The RCMP raid on Wet'suwet'en territory has reportedly involved helicopters, assault rifles, snipers, handguns, sound cannons and police dogs against unarmed land defenders.  

Judicialization -- EHRDs are often arrested and detained in lengthy criminal justice proceedings that divert from their ability to protect their lands and waters. Twenty-eight land defenders and human rights observers have been arrested over the five-day police raid. Some of those arrested were charged with contempt, despite not violating the injunction.

Prolonged struggle for justice -- EHRDs must commonly endure long struggles against ongoing injustices, impunity, incarceration and threats, and rely on international solidarity to sustain their struggle. The Wet'suwet'en remain resolute in their commitment to protect their land, waters, culture and sovereignty.

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Report / July 30, 2019

ENEMIES OF THE STATE?

More than three people were murdered each week in 2018, with countless more criminalised, for defending their land and our environment.

Calls to protect the planet are growing louder – but around the world, those defending their land and our environment are being silenced. More than three such people were murdered on average every week in 2018, with attacks driven by destructive industries like mining, logging and agribusiness.

This year, our annual report on the killings of land and environmental defenders also reveals how countless more people were threatened, arrested or thrown in jail for daring to oppose the governments or companies seeking to profit from their land.

These are ordinary people trying to protect their homes and livelihoods, and standing up for the health of our planet. Often their land is violently grabbed to produce goods used and consumed across the world every day, from food, to mobile phones, to jewellery.....

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https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/stefanovich-wetsuweten-elected-chiefs-m...

Elected Wet'suwet'en chiefs are asking for the immediate resignation of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett over an agreement between Ottawa, B.C. and hereditary chiefs, which they claim was drafted without their consent. 

In a joint statement released on Monday, four elected chiefs call on the B.C. and federal governments to reject the memorandum of understanding (MOU) on rights and title with hereditary chiefs and restart the negotiation process to include the elected leadership.

The draft MOU lays out the steps to transfer jurisdiction of Wet'suwet'en territory to traditional governance, including land, water and revenue-sharing. The agreement would give hereditary chiefs significant leverage over future resource development according to a copy of the document obtained by CBC News.

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The Wetsuweten Hereditary Chiefs already had  recognition and authority to negotiate  as evidenced by their curiously forgotten representation in BC's 'trick or treaty' termination process. Whatever eventually ensues here, there ain't going to be no sovereignty come out of all this, alas - just more divide-and-conquer neo-colonialist deal-making with liberal amounts of legal sounding pc gobbledygook to mask the awful stink of it all.

"A Framework Agreement To Negotiate A Treaty

http://www.bctreaty.ca/sites/default/files/wetsuwet_frmwrk.pdf

"Between: The Wetsuweten as represented by the Wetsuweten Hereditary Chiefs

And:

Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada as represented by the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development

And:

Her Majesty the Queen in right of British Columbia as represented by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs..."

 

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..every single one of us is connected to systems of oppression. no one exists outside of these systems. the struggle is transformation. and that struggle is what defines us. sometimes we are strong other times not so much. 

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..a raven trust & council of canadians project

UnFrackable Mass Organizing Meeting

Let's share strategies with fellow activists and organizers across the country who are taking on fracking and LNG projects. Sign up to join the Mass Call meeting on May 20th - and receive links to the call in your inbox. 

We will be hosting breakout groups, so the hundreds of folks that have been joining our calls in solidarity from Vermont to Costa Rica, can come together face to face to compare notes, brainstorm and celebrate each other.

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Canada's bid for UN Security Council seat connected to Indigenous land defence struggle

"Everybody needs to stand up, not just Indigenous people. Everybody needs to stand up to the political powers that be that they need to change ... The whole world is watching what Canada is doing." -- Freda Huson

With a key United Nations vote on the Trudeau government's bid for a seat on the Security Council coming this June 17, it really is worth watching Invasion.

The documentary powerfully tells the story of Wet'suwet'en land and water defenders resisting a megaproject on their unceded territory in British Columbia.

It includes footage of the RCMP raid on Wet'suwet'en territory that took place on January 7, 2019. It also includes a clip of defender Freda Huson movingly addressing the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on April 24, 2019.

Months after her intervention, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination called on Canada to immediately halt construction on the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline on the lands and territories of the Wet'suwet'en peoples given it lacks their UN-recognized right to free, prior and informed consent.

It further urged that "the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and associated security and policing services ... be withdrawn from their traditional lands."

That resolution was passed by the UN committee on December 13, 2019.

And yet by January 13 of this year, the RCMP had set up an exclusion zone on Wet'suwet'en traditional lands, and on February 6 launched a second militarized raid on the territory to facilitate the construction of the pipeline.

And just recently, on April 28, Export Development Canada, the Canadian government's export credit agency, approved a loan of up to $500 million to TC Energy, the company building the Coastal GasLink pipeline on Wet'suwet'en territory......

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..more from above

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That is arguably in contravention of the UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights that says states should take steps to protect against human rights abuses by business enterprises that receive support from export credit agencies.

On May 5, the CBC reported that Canada is "doubling down on its bid for a seat" on the UN Security Council that has already "set the government back $2 million." It's clear that the Trudeau government wants to win that seat on June 17.

Peace Brigades International-Canada has posted this online URGENT ACTION petition to enable people to send an email to the prime minister that calls on him to act in accordance with the UN committee's resolution before the UN vote.

As the Trudeau government steps up its efforts to win the Security Council seat, there's an opportune moment to highlight this resolution.

Pam Palmater, a Mi'kmaw citizen, lawyer and professor, has argued, "Canada does not deserve a seat at the UN Security Council unless and until they address peace and security in their own country."

The coming weeks are a pivotal time for all of us to hear that and raise our voices on peace, security and fundamental human rights.

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Canada should act on UN resolution on Wet’suwet’en land defenders​

The Trudeau government is stepping up its efforts to win a vote on June 17th for a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

And yet it has ignored a resolution by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination calling on Canada to stop construction on the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline until the Wet’suwet’en people give their free, prior and informed consent for this megaproject.

Construction on the pipeline has even continued during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please call on the Prime Minister to act immediately on this United Nations resolution.

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..posted yesterday

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Hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en Nation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with B.C. and #Canada that sets the path for negotiations on legal recognition of their title to 22,000 sq km of traditional territory.

The Wet'suwet'en governance system, which pre-dates Canada, is rooted in the feast hall and organized around a clan and house system in which different house groups hold authority over specific sections of territory.
Effective immediately, the #MOU commits Canada and B.C. to recognize that rights and title are held by house groups within the Wet'suwet'en Nation, under their system of governance.
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The signing comes 23 years after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on the Delgamuukw case brought forward by Gitxsan and Wet'suwe'ten hereditary chiefs who were seeking recognition of ownership over their respective territories.

But what does this all mean for the Wet’suwet’en?
Wet'suwet'en will be the first #Indigenous Nation in Canada to have had Aboriginal title recognized through an agreement/negotiated settlement, rather than in court.
Aboriginal title means...
1) Use and Occupation of the Yintah (territory)

2) Right to decide on the uses of the Yintah subject to constraint to protect for future generations.

The Supreme Court concluded that #Aboriginal title had not been extinguished when the region became part of Canada but did not actually legally recognize the nations' title — instead it ordered a new trial but also encouraged negotiation between the First Nations, B.C. and Canada.

B.C. Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Scott Fraser said that reunification within the Nation is an essential piece to moving forward with any kind of final agreement. While most of that work will be left up to the Nation to figure out internally, he said the province will be engaging with the elected chiefs as well.

The agreement doesn't make any impact on the CGL pipeline that is currently under construction and which led to the MOU discussions in the first place. Wet’suwet’en leaders are proceeding with legal action against #CGL and fundraising is still ongoing. #WetsuwetenStrong

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Across the Pacific Northwest, Indigneous land & water protectors are fighting back against the threat of oil & gas exports through their traditional lands. From Wet’suwet’en territory to the Klamath River and beyond, these battles to protect communities from the harm of the fossil fuel industry are connected.

On Thursday, May 28, join Indigenous leaders from across the region for a discussion about their communities’ fights against fossil fuel export projects including the Coastal Gas Link pipeline, Jordan Cove LNG, Tacoma LNG, and the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline.

Register for the webinar online here: bit.ly/05282020

Speakers include Ka’ila Farrel-Smith (Klamath-Modoc Artist), Kanahus Manuel (Secwepemc and Ktunaxa), Brook Thompson (Yurok Tribal member), Dakota Case (Puyallup Water Warriors), and a representative from the Gidimt’en Camp. The panel will share stories from their struggles against the fossil fuel industry & colonization, examine the connections between these battles throughout the region, and tell you how to take action in solidarity with their communities

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Across the Pacific Northwest, Indigneous land & water protectors are fighting back against the threat of oil & gas exports through their traditional lands. From Wet’suwet’en territory to the Klamath River and beyond, these battles to protect communities from the harm of the fossil fuel industry are connected.

On Thursday, May 28, join Indigenous leaders from across the region for a discussion about their communities’ fights against fossil fuel export projects including the Coastal Gas Link pipeline, Jordan Cove LNG, Tacoma LNG, and the Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline.

Register for the webinar online here: bit.ly/05282020

Speakers include Ka’ila Farrel-Smith (Klamath-Modoc Artist), Kanahus Manuel (Secwepemc and Ktunaxa), Brook Thompson (Yurok Tribal member), Dakota Case (Puyallup Water Warriors), and a representative from the Gidimt’en Camp. The panel will share stories from their struggles against the fossil fuel industry & colonization, examine the connections between these battles throughout the region, and tell you how to take action in solidarity with their communities

..excellent webinar that brought together various struggles across the pacific northwest against pipelines. this has been accomplished under covid19 and provides a path into the future. and was quite inspiring. from it we will see an escalation of resistance by the summer. 

  

artwork by Jackie Fawn

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UPDATE: All Charges Dropped Against Wet'suwet'en Land Defenders

June 5, 2020 - Prince George (BC): Charges have been dropped against the 22 Wet'suwet'en land defenders and supporters arrested between February 6th and February 10th during the militarized invasion of our unceded territories.

Several others, who were arrested in a violent pre-dawn assault by the RCMP in early February, were never charged with any crime.

The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) did not recommend that the Court pursue criminal contempt charges, citing “public interest factors” including that no further breaches of the injunction have occurred, that those who were arrested were non-violent, and that discussions between government representatives and our Dini’ze and Tsake’ze (Hereditary Chiefs) have occurred. The BCPS has stated that further criminal charges could be made under the criminal code if new evidence emerges.

While we are relieved that charges have been dropped, we know that the arrests and removal of our hereditary chiefs, Wet’suwet’en people, and our invited guests from our unceded lands was unlawful, immoral, and a violation of our most basic human rights.

We acknowledge that many still face charges for courageously standing in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en, and that this fight is far from over. We are forever grateful for the solidarity and support from our relatives and allies.

Coastal Gaslink continues to trespass on our lands under the escort of the RCMP, who maintain an illegal remote police detachment on Wet’suwet’en territory. We are treated as criminals on our own land.

We will continue to uphold Wet’suwet’en law. We have a responsibility to protect our water for future generations and to protect our territory from unlawful trespass and destruction. We will continue to protect what is ours.

"We have a right to ceremony. We have a right to do what we want on our own lands. Protecting my territory is not criminal. Industry and government is criminal for breaking all the environmental laws. They're the ones that should be charged," stated Freda Huson, Chief Howilhkat of Unist'ot'en

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Alberta and South Korea’s pensions just bought the Coastal GasLink pipeline: 8 things you need to know

TC Energy just sold its majority ownership stake in the Coastal GasLink pipeline to Alberta and South Korea’s public sector pension funds, investing millions of individuals’ retirement savings into one of Canada’s most controversial industrial projects.

The pension funds are managed by investment companies AIMCo (Alberta Investment Management Company) and KKR, respectively, which together took a 65 per cent stake in the project. TC Energy retained a 35 per cent stake and is offering to sell another 10 per cent stake to First Nations that have signed agreements with Coastal GasLink. TC Energy is still responsible for building and operating the pipeline. 

The deal, which closed on May 25 for an estimated $600 million, unlocks the rest of the money needed for Coastal GasLink’s construction. A consortium of 27 domestic and international banks agreed to fund the $6.6-billion cost, but they would only commit once AIMCo and KKR’s purchase signalled the pipeline was a worthy investment. 

“This financing was absolutely critical for the project to go forward,” says Alison Kirsch, climate and energy lead researcher at Rainforest Action Network. 

KKR and AIMCo are both infamous for taking on risky bets, and the Coastal GasLink pipeline might be just that.

Coastal GasLink isn’t just a pipeline — it’s a lightning rod for the long-strained relationship between Indigenous Peoples and the Canadian government. It would transect Wet’suwet’en territory despite Hereditary Chiefs’ staunch rejection of the project. After a winter of unprecedented rail blockades, sit-ins and rallies throughout the country, the pipeline’s construction is unlikely to go down without a fight.

“We have the right to make a decision on any project that happens on Wet’suwet’en territory according to our laws, and we’re following our law,” says Sleydo’ Molly Wickham, spokesperson for the Gidimt’en Camp of Wet’suwet’en Nation. “At no point are we going to give up fighting this project.” 

Adam Scott, director of Shift: Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health, says the purchase could negatively impact pension holders. “It is really disappointing to see that any very large pension fund in Canada would consider touching this project. This isn’t just a random investor making a bad bet. They’re investing real people’s wages, their hard work, their retirement savings.”

Meanwhile, the pipeline is under immense pressure to go ahead. The $40-billion LNG Canada project, the single largest private sector investment project in Canadian history, hinges on it to ship liquefied natural gas to Asia.

Here’s what you need to know about the deal.....

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RCMP Patrol Wet'suwet'en Cultural Site With Assault Rifles (and vid)

http://www.netnewsledger.com/2020/06/29/rcmp-patrol-wetsuweten-cultural-...

"Photographs take on Wet'suwet'en territory show RCMP armed with assault weapons conducting patrols of a cultural site belonging to Hereditary Chief Woos of Cas Yikh (Grizzly House)..."

Defund Canada's RCMP colonialist enforcers NOW!

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..more on the above story

Security Camera Captures Heavily Armed RCMP at Wet’suwet’en Cultural Site

Members of the Wet’suwet’en Nation are challenging RCMP actions on their territory after a security camera captured images of police with assault rifles checking an empty building located deep in the woods.

The building, a smokehouse that will soon be used to process fish, was built this spring at the request of Gidimt’en Clan Hereditary Chief Woos. It is on the Morice River about one kilometre from the Morice West Forest Service Road, not far from the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre where conflict between Wet’suwet’en members and pipeline builders began a decade ago.

The long dispute came to a head in January 2019 when heavily armed RCMP officers enforced an injunction by removing barricades and arresting 14 people opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory. Earlier this year large RCMP operations again removed barricades and arrested dozens at several camps over five days.

A trail camera installed to monitor the Gidimt’en smokehouse captured two RCMP visits this month, including images of three officers, one carrying what appears to be a semi-automatic Colt C8 assault rifle, surrounding the building.

According to Cpl. Madonna Saunderson, the officers are members of a Quick Response Team assigned to the Community-Industry Safety Office, a remote detachment established to police the Morice West Forest Service Road following the arrests in January 2019.

“The photos being circulated online relate to recent patrols and the check of a newly constructed building which is on the pipeline’s right of way and is therefore in breach of the BC Supreme Court injunction order,” the statement said. “We understand that CGL has posted a notice on the building advising of this breach.”

The foot patrols were followed a few days later by Coastal GasLink workers, who posted notices that the structure is within their work area and saying it should be moved, according to Gidimt’en Clan member Jennifer Wickham.

“It’s very obvious to us that CGL is using the RCMP yet again as their personal security and they went in to clear the area,” Wickham said. “I don’t know what they expected to find, other than a smokehouse, with such heavy-duty weapons. But there are people in and out of there. We’re planning on getting fish soon. The spring salmon are running. We are going to be actually using that smokehouse to prepare and preserve our food fish.”

Wickham disputes the RCMP’s claim that the building violates the injunction issued by the BC Supreme Court on Dec. 31 that prohibits anyone from blocking access to work sites, as the company does not currently have an environmental assessment permit allowing work in the area.

“It’s really concerning to us, obviously, that they’re so heavily armed going in there to make sure the site is clear for CGL to post their letters that actually have no weight behind them,” she said. “There’s no reason for them to call RCMP because what we’re doing there is not illegal.”

Work continues on Coastal GasLink, a $6.6-billion, 670-kilometre pipeline to carry fracked gas from the province’s northeast to an LNG plant under construction in Kitimat. By late May, 77 per cent of the pipeline right-of-way had been cleared, according to a construction update from the company.

However, TC Energy, the pipeline’s owner, did not have the final permits from B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office required before work can begin within the Morice River Technical Boundary Area, which includes the smokehouse.

The Unist’ot’en, a house group of the Wet’suwet’en, had initially prevented Coastal GasLink from accessing the area to prepare reports on the project’s environmental impact. The province granted a permit anyway on the condition that the company later provide a report assessing impacts.

The pipeline company was able to access the area last summer. However, its report was rejected by the Environmental Assessment Office in February, which said it didn’t provide sufficient information to assess the project’s impacts.

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Of course in Canada we have the right to protest, not like in some totalitarian state where they arrest and rearrest protestors and send heavily armed police to people's neighborhoods to intimidate them into compliance.

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No wonder Canada and Israel are so close.

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No wonder Canada and Israel are so close.

Of course. Canada's ongoing systemic and genocidal oppression of Indigenous peoples has been the model for oppression of sovereign peoples for many regimes around the world. Isn't it just swell that some of the world's worst human right violators think Canada is doing such a bang up job in its dealings with Indigenous peoples?

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At least the government failed at getting a seat on the UN security council. Perhaps our international perception is slowly changing.

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PRESS RELEASE - Noncompliance Order Issued After Coastal Gaslink Clears Pipeline Right of Way Through Hundreds of Wetlands Without Environmental Fieldwork

Monday, July 6, 2020 - (Wet’suwet’en Territory): Coastal Gaslink has commenced pipeline construction through hundreds of wetlands without first completing required environmental fieldwork, an investigation by BC’s Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) has found.

This spring, the Compliance and Enforcement branch of the BCEAO conducted an inspection of Coastal Gaslink’s wetland construction planning process for a section of pipeline where Unist’ot’en and Gidim’ten Clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation had expressed concern over a lack of wetland planning. After finding that wetland construction planning had not been completed in this section of pipeline, the BCEAO inspected the rest of the pipeline route and determined that the wetland construction planning process outlined in Coastal Gaslink’s Wetlands Management Plan has not been followed for any of the protected “ecologically and socio-economically important” wetlands along the pipeline route.

CGL authored the Wetlands Management Plan and cannot claim ignorance of the requirements laid out within it. The vast majority of these protected wetlands - the most sensitive ecological and cultural features considered when conducting industrial activities in forested landscapes - have already been cleared and leveled without having been assessed as required.

There are nearly 300 of these protected wetlands along the pipeline route, and Coastal Gaslink’s “Qualified Professionals” have neglected to develop site-specific mitigation for any of them. Nearly 80% of the pipeline right-of-way has been cleared already, affecting most of these protected wetlands.

The BCEAO has issued a “cease and remedy” order for any construction activities within 30m of one of these protected wetlands, and that further assessments must be undertaken for both the damaged wetlands and the wetlands yet to be impacted by construction. Unfortunately, It will be CGL’s same Qualified Professionals who failed to properly assess these wetlands in the first place who will now assess how badly the wetlands have been damaged.

The BCEAO has informed the Wet’suwet’en that it will be Coastal Gaslink’s Qualified Professionals who are ensuring that machinery isn’t run within 30m of these wetlands. These are the same Qualified Professionals who authorized machinery to operate through protected wetlands across almost 80% of the route without proper assessments or site specific mitigation plans.

Wet’suwet’en leadership has repeatedly requested that Coastal Gaslink provide specific plans for how they plan to cross watercourses and wetlands in the territory, which are used heavily by Unist’ot’en Healing Center clients and Wet’suwet’en members for hunting, trapping, and medicine gathering. Coastal Gaslink has been unable to provide these site-specific plans. This recent EAO determination shows Wet’suwet’en leadership that this lack of planning was actually illegal under the Environmental Assessment Act, as it violates Condition 6 of the project’s Environmental Assessment Certificate.

CGL cannot continue to ignore the Environmental Assessment Act in order to meet its construction targets. The BC EAO’s priority should be to protect the public interest, not to ensure that CGL’s construction timelines are met. It is unacceptable that hundreds of wetlands would be damaged before any enforcement action is taken.

Quote from Dr. Karla Tait, Unist’ot’en member and Volunteer Director of Clinical Programming at Unist’ot’en Healing Center:

“The willful disregard and destruction of sensitive ecosystems for a pipeline just goes to show how little CGL respects us or our land. The recent photos of the police with the automatic rifle lurking by the smokehouse at Wedzin Kwa headwaters along with this rampant unchecked destruction and disregard for protective EAO requirements is further proof of systemic racism - violence against us and our land continues to go unchecked to serve colonial interests. Our lives, our culture and our land are all disposable in CGL’s and the Canadian government’s eyes.”

The EAO inspection record and enforcement order is linked below. Additional noncompliance orders have been issued against other conditions of CGL’s Environment Assessment Certificate and are available through the EAO’s EPIC website.

EAO INSPECTION RECORD: https://www.projects.eao.gov.bc.ca/…/Coastal%20GasLink%20-%…

EAO ENFORCEMENT ORDER:
https://www.projects.eao.gov.bc.ca/…/Coastal%20GasLink%20-%…

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We condemn the passing of the anti-terror bill in the Philippines and the Duterte regime criminalizing dissent, activism, and land defenders. As indigenous people we have been criminalized for defending our right to live on and protect our own land, and so we stand in solidarity with all those who are affected by Duterte’s repression and fighting injustice in their homeland.

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The Hidden Part of Canada and British Columbia's MOU With the Wet'suwet'en

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"...a delegated power from Canada to manage a reduced parcel of land that is no longer theirs, in substitution of inherent ancestral sovereignty...The only difference is that, this time, hereditary chiefs are now part of the negotiation process."

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Unist'ot'en Camp 3.17 min video

We don’t want 1990 to have happened in vain

It’s been 30 years since the siege of Kanehsatà:ke, popularly known as “the Oka Crisis” when Quebec provincial police and the Canadian armed forces attacked the Mohawk community of Kanehsatà:ke, over the Mohawks refusal to let the municipality of Oka expand a golf course into their cemetery. Kanehsatà:ke resident Ellen Gabriel resident witnessed these events first hand

 

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Are the Wet'suwet'en on the brink of destruction? I went to find out.

I knew I was journeying into a war zone of sorts.

I had watched from afar — online — following play by play the standoff between the traditional Wet'suwet'en People and a multibillion-dollar pipeline project backed by the B.C. and federal governments with armed RCMP enforcement. And I visited this place once before in winter 2019 to meet briefly with a Hereditary Chief named Na’Moks, a.k.a. John Ridsdale.

When I visited last time the conflict from the first wave of the RCMP arresting the Wet’suewet’en land defenders and enforcing an injunction to put through the CGL pipeline had just happened. There was a raid of the Unist’ot’en healing camp in January 2019. I arrived in March on the heels of the first collision the community had with police.

Back then ‘Wet’suwet’en’ was a new name slipping into the headlines. For many Canadians it was the first they had heard of the people, and the place. In the mainstream news they were called protestors. On social media they were calling them terrorists.

Now I was here for a second time. And this time I came this time when the conflict wasn’t dominating the headlines, a sort of calm between uproars. The COVID-19 pandemic had arrived in the world on the heels of the Wet'suwet'en crisis that shut down Canada in February. I arrived when humanity around the globe was - literally - sheltering for our lives during the worst pandemic in the last 100 years.

But while the world went on hold the pipeline conflict didn't end, it's just not in the headlines.

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I’m discovering what’s at stake for the Wet'suwet'en. It’s both simple and complex. It’s not an issue someone can understand just by reading an occasional news article.

And the cost is high.

That cost is the livelihood of the sovereign Wet'suwet'en.

You see, Canada, the province, and the pipeline weaving through the mountainous terrain of the vast, pristine and extraordinary lands of the Wet'suwet'en are on a path that, unchecked, could wipe them out.

It sounds shocking? Not in Canada, right?

Well, this same struggle for survival has been going on for a couple of centuries here.

But the Wet’suwet’en, like all our Indigenous relations, know how to survive. They’ve survived through attempted annihilation via genocide; through colonialism’s oppressive assimilation tactics; land theft; residential school; sixties scoop; racism; and murder via way of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

Despite this, from what I’ve seen here, the Wet’suewet’en are thriving. They are reclaiming. They are healing. And they are reviving hope, traditions, and land.....

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Coastal GasLink Gets Green Light To Start Pipeline Work Near Unist'ot'en Healing Center

https://thetyee.ca/News/2020/08/07/Coastal-GasLink-Green-Light/

"The province's Environmental Assessment Office has granted Coastal GasLink permission to begin pipeline construction near the Unist'ot'en Healing Centre, the scene of a standoff and arrests in February..."

 

Statement By the PM on the International Day of The World's Indigenous Peoples

https://twitter.com/RussDiabo/status/1292821903997009923

[PMJT' statement shows how well he has mastered Special Words & Tactics (SWAT)]. Statement by the Prime Minister on the International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples."

Genocider in Chief lies his face off about Canada's wreck-on-silly-nation  policy etc. even while TMX and CGL continue. What an odious poseur and lying little hustler for the 1% settler-state he is.

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Civil Liberties and Indigenous Rights Groups Call on CRCC to Immediately Take Conduct of Investigation into Wet’suwet’en Land Defender’s Police Complaint

August 27, 2020 – BC Civil Liberties Association and Union of BC Indian Chiefs are calling on the Chairperson of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP (CRCC) to immediately take charge of the investigation of a Wet’suwet’en land defender’s police complaint.

According to Mr. Cody Merriman (Wedlidi), “I made a police complaint to the CRCC because I was expecting an independent and civilian investigation into the illegal RCMP exclusion zone on Wet’suwet’en territories as part of the militarized raids on the yintah in January 2020. Instead, I have had the very same RCMP officers who were involved in leading the police operations show up unannounced to my home, claim they are the ones ‘informally resolving’ my police complaint against other officers, and try to intimidate me to drop the complaint.”

“Indigenous peoples have always asserted our laws and presence on our territories, but I was denied access to my wife and family’s territories, Gidimt’en yintah, which was subjected to militarized police operations and an exclusion zone earlier this year. Now, we can’t even get a proper and independent investigation into the illegal police misconduct and criminalization of Indigenous people. This is outrageous,” further states Mr. Merriman.

On January 15 2020, Mr. Cody Merriman filed a police complaint with the CRCC. Mr. Merriman was bringing food and emergency supplies to the Gidimt’en Checkpoint on Wet’suwet’en territories but was denied entry and access at the RCMP exclusion zone, in contravention of the RCMP’s own statements and Merriman’s inherent Indigenous and Charter-protected rights.

In May 2020, two RCMP officers arrived unannounced at Mr. Merriman’s home. The officers were unclear about the nature of their visit, and proceeded to interrogate and intimidate Mr. Merriman about his police complaint. In a subsequent letter in June 2020, the RCMP argued that two of the officers in Mr. Merriman’s complaint were Reserve Constables and would not be included in the complaint investigation, even though Reservists are appointed under the RCMP Act and fall under the jurisdiction of the CRCC.

On August 26, 2020, Mr. Merriman filed a second complaint with the CRCC, highlighting the fundamental flaws in the RCMP investigation into his initial police complaint.

According to Carly Teillet, BCCLA Community Lawyer, “Individual RCMP officers and the Smithers RCMP Detachment involved in leading RCMP militarized actions on Wet’suwet’en territories and subject to a policy complaint to the CRCC should not be investigating Mr. Merriman’s complaint. This is a clear conflict of interest. We call on the CRCC Chairperson to immediately take conduct of the complaint investigation from the RCMP. We further call on the CRCC to include the conduct of the two reserve constables in the complaint investigation.”.....

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Who’s banking the Coastal GasLink pipeline?

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As RAN said in a statement condemning the police raid, “This trampling on Indigenous rights in favor of private oil and gas interests and the criminalization of land defenders is not only unacceptable, it’s unlawful, and cannot take place on Indigenous unceded lands.”

The banks supporting the Coastal GasLink pipeline are contributing to this clear abuse of Indigenous rights, even though many of them have stated policies acknowledging the right to free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous communities.

Who’s banking the pipeline?

Coastal GasLink is a project of TransCanada Pipelines Ltd., the same subsidiary of TransCanada behind the controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The 420-mile Coastal GasLink pipeline would carry fracked gas from northeast British Columbia to LNG Canada, a massive proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal that exemplifies the sector’s climate and human rights impacts.

Coastal GasLink is estimated to cost about US$4.5 billion, so how is TransCanada funding the project? Currently, the pipeline has no project-specific finance. Instead, it is being supported by the banks that have extended general corporate loans to TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. (including two loans signed as recently as December 2018), underwritten bonds issued by the company, and facilitated the sale of company assets.

Here are the key banks behind the project, in order of importance:

1) JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan Chase is the #1 backer of TransCanada Pipelines Ltd., and therefore of the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

JPMorgan Chase is the lead agent on the majority of the company’s loans. TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. currently has four loans worth a total of about $9.8 billion. Two of those, totaling $5.5 billion, were signed in December 2018 and increased the subsidiary’s available credit by two thirds. (We recently wrote up the details of those transactions.) JPMorgan Chase was the lead agent — the bank responsible for arranging the deal and coordinating between TransCanada and its lenders — on both of those new loans. That makes it the lead agent on more than half of TransCanada Pipeline Ltd.’s current credit. It’s also a lender to the company’s other two lines of credit.

JPMorgan Chase is one of two key bond underwriters. TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. issued nine bonds, totaling $9.3 billion, in 2018. JPMorgan Chase was a lead manager — one of two banks directing the bond sale — on eight of those nine transactions.

This makes JPMorgan Chase the #1 banker of TransCanada Pipelines Ltd., and therefore of Coastal GasLink pipeline, despite an Environmental and Social Policy (see p. 17) that expects clients to obtain free, prior and informed consent of Indigenous Peoples.

2) Bank of Montreal

Bank of Montreal is the lead agent on two older loans to TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. that add up to about $4.3 billion. It’s also a lender to the two new loans and participated in one 2018 bond sale.

3) Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank was the other lead manager, alongside JPMorgan Chase, on eight bonds (worth approximately $8.7 billion) that TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. issued in 2018. The German bank was also a lender to all four current loans.

4) Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce was the sole manager on one of the nine bonds issued by TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. in 2018, as well as a lender to all four current loans.

The Canadian bank also advised TransCanada on a November 2018 deal that sums up TransCanada’s backwards direction: the sale of its stake in wind energy facilities in Quebec, to the tune of $630 million, in order to fund Coastal GasLink pre-development costs.

5) 17 other banks

At least 17 other global banks are also supporting TransCanada Pipelines Ltd. in a range of roles on its current lines of credit and recent bond sales. These include: Alberta Treasury Branches, Bank of America, Barclays, Citi, Crédit Agricole, Credit Suisse, Desjardins, Export Development Canada, HSBC, Mizuho, MUFG, National Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank, SMBC, TD, and Wells Fargo.*

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..from an email

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A plane just took off in New York, with an 135 foot banner reading Stop Coastal GasLink #ShutdownKKR. It's flying over Wall St and the heart of New York City's financial district right now, calling out the private equity company - KKR & Co - for funding the Coastal GasLink pipeline. The pipeline is being built on Wet'suwet'en land without the consent of their hereditary chiefs.

Hundreds of us are calling, emailing, and tweeting at the private equity company now too, because they refuse to stop funding Coastal GasLink. They already shut down their New York office number to the public, which means our communications blockade is working. Let's make this unforgettable, and their phones ring off the hook.

Here's three ways you can participate right now:

 - Call KKR by dialing their California office at 650 233 6560 (script below, if you need talking points)
 - Tweet at @KKR_Co and tell them just how awful they are for ignoring Wet'suwet'en concerns about their rights, the climate, land air and water. Need some tweet inspiration? See below!
 - Email KKR today by using our easy messaging tool here.

The Wet'suwet'en are calling for respect for the lands, waters, climate, and womxn. We aren't billionaires, but we know thousands of people are on our side and a change will come. Rise up with us against this extractive project today, and let's make sure the company sees our dedication to stopping this pipeline once and for all.

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Facebook Suspends Hundreds of Accounts Associated with Online Event Targeting Coastal GasLink Pipeline

This weekend hundreds of individual accounts linked to Indigenous, environmental, and social justice organizations were suspended from Facebook because they were co-hosts of an online Facebook event last May targeting KKR & Co. Inc., the new majority funder of the Coastal GasLink pipeline which would cut through sovereign Wet’suwet’en land. Those who were unable to post were notified that the suspension would last for three days and was a result of “copyright infringement.” Dozens of accounts have yet to be reinstated and groups say Facebook has not given a satisfactory explanation.

Facebook blocked the accounts days before another online event [1] targeting KKR’s involvement scheduled for tomorrow. The pipeline is set to cut through sovereign Wet’suwet’en land, defiantly ignoring assertions from the hereditary chiefs of their rights, title, and consent for the project. The project would lock us into decades of increased fracked gas and the impacts to climate, air, water and the risks posed to Indigenous girls, women, and two-spirit people by man camps built along the route.

Organizations whose accounts were blocked included Climate Hawks Vote, Greenpeace USA, Presente.org, Rainforest Action Network, Rising Tide North America, Seeding Sovereignty, Stand.earth, United For Respect, Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidimt’en Territory, Wet’suwet’en Solidarity UK, and many more. The groups ask that Facebook immediately restore access to all accounts, issue a full explanation, and to commit not to bow to corporate pressure designed to silence protest.....

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..from and email

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Individually, we’re one drop. Together? We’re a mighty river.

We’ve been waiting a long time for Wet’suwet’en’s case to be heard by the BC Supreme Court. Today, hereditary chiefs who aim to stop Coastal GasLink from encroaching on their territory will be in court for the second - and final - day of their Judicial Review hearing. These visionary stewards of land and water are refusing to allow their territory to be defiled by a company that has consistently failed to live up to environmental and human rights standards. 

Under normal circumstances, we would invite you to gather together and rally on the courthouse steps. Instead, we reached out to you using the online tools we now rely on to keep our movement - and the RAVEN community - connected. 

And: wow!! You responded with a roar..your overwhelming support for Wet’suwet’en Nation this week has proven that we don’t need to physically connect to make a massive impact. We are over 1/3 of the way to our $50k goal

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Hearing over controversial Coastal GasLink pipeline resume

Arguments over the extension of the environmental assessment certificate for a natural gas pipeline in B.C. resumed in court on Friday with lawyers for Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs telling a judge an evaluation is needed on the potential risk of violence to Indigenous women and girls.

Lawyers for the Office of the Wet'suwet'en are seeking an order in B.C. Supreme Court quashing the decision to extend the certificate for Coastal GasLink's 670-kilometre pipeline project, which has been the source of national protests.

They argued in part that B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Office did not meaningfully address the findings of the 2019 report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls when it approved the extension.

They also pointed to more than 50 instances of Coastal Gaslink's failure to adhere to existing conditions throughout last year, arguing it's not clear whether the company's track record of non-compliance was considered by the director when making the decision.

They said on Thursday the regulatory agency has the power to attach new conditions when it extends a certificate under B.C.'s Environmental Assessment Act.

Counsel for the Environmental Assessment Office disputed their interpretation of the legislation on Friday, telling the court that its executive director already has the power to amend the conditions of a certificate outside the scope of an extension application.

Karrie Wolfe also argued that quashing the extension of Coastal GasLink's certificate could leave the pipeline that's under construction in northern B.C. in a "vacuum," since the original certificate expired last October. If the decision is quashed, she said there would be no certificate to attach conditions to......

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Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory

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On July 3 2020, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs met with representatives of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline project to discuss the past 2 years of conflict on the yintah. The meeting took place on the territory of Cas yikh (Grizzly house) of the Gidimt’en clan, at the site of two militarized raids on Wet’suwet’en clan members and supporters.

Coastal Gaslink is responsible for the criminalization of land defenders who uphold Wet’suwet’en laws, and the collective decision that there will be no pipelines on Wet’suwet’en territory. While apologies can be offered, they feel hollow while the company continues to trespass, and the RCMP continue to harass and invade.

The authority and power of the Hereditary Chiefs comes from their territories and the ancient laws passed down by our ancestors. Wiggus (Respect) is one of the foundations of Wet’suwet’en law. The chiefs uphold Wiggus even when dealing with those that have never offered respect to their decisions about their territories.

The Hereditary Chiefs have never consented to any pipeline through their territories, and demonstrations of violence against them and their territories will not change their minds. This meeting offered an opportunity to reiterate this position to Coastal Gaslink, face to face, and on the territory, as business is dealt with on Wet’suwet’en terms. Dinï ze’ Woos’ words are very clear, “we’re not moving, we’re not moving anything”.

Two months after this meeting, Coastal Gaslink president David Pfeiffer resigned.

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