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

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Settler governments are breaking international law, not Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, say 200 lawyers, legal scholars​

As lawyers and legal academics living and working on this part of Turtle Island now called Canada, we write to demand an end to the ongoing violations of Indigenous nations’ internationally recognized right to free, prior, and informed consent — for example, with the Trans Mountain and Coastal GasLink pipelines routed through unceded Indigenous lands, including Wet’suwet’en lands.

Canadian law and legal institutions — from legislation like The Indian Act to court decisions legitimizing treaty violations with racist stereotypes — have long served as instruments of settler colonialism. And they continue to do so with the legal authorization of the violent dispossession, suppression, and criminalization of Indigenous land and water protectors.

“Think about everything that First Nations people have survived in this country: the taking of our land, the taking of our children, residential schools, the current criminal justice system,” as the late Mohawk legal scholar Patricia Monture-Angus wrote. “How was all of this delivered? The answer is simple: through the law.”

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This pattern is perpetuated with the repeated issuance of injunctions — enforced with violence and threat of lethal force by the RCMP — against the Wet’suwet’en working against the Coastal GasLink project, authorized without the consent of the hereditary chiefs vested with jurisdiction over the decision.

The right of free, prior, and informed consent enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) logically flows from the recognition that Indigenous governmental, legal, and political orders have existed on this land from time immemorial, long predating the arrival of European settlers.

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#Wetsuweten Supporters are now sitting down in front of Parliament, blocking Wellington St, and serving food (it smells delicious). #WetsuwetenStrong

NDPP

"The BC RCMP have changed their intent from removing the CISO RCMP Office out of Wet'suwet'en territory to simply 'relocating' it to another place. This is not what we talked about. There is no progress in these talks. They've increased patrols and harassment of our people. They've allowed racist locals to come in and mock our people on our lands." - Wet'suweten Hereditary Chief -

https://twitter.com/smogelgem/status/1232043210064547840

 

Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition

https://twitter.com/mbenergyjustice/status/1232045374086447104

"Snap rally in support of Tyendinaga and the Wet'suwet'en today, 4:30 pm, 1091 Portage Ave. Winnipeg. Shut Down KKKanada!"

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Paladin1 wrote:

quizzical wrote:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-second-wetsuweten-hereditary-wing-chief-voices-concerns-about/

 

Good article that will go completely ignored. Us settlers only suppport First Nations who oppose gas and oil lines, we don't care for the views and opinions of First Nations who are pro pipeline. Because we know better than them.

Globe and Mail profiles Gary Naziel, a Laksilyu wing chief, and neglects to mention that he's currently subcontracted by CGL & has worked for CGL for years. Beyond undisclosed conflicts, this should have been fact checked. Feasts opposing pipelines have been held since 2011.

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NDPP

"Today Lustuguj community members slowed down traffic on highway 132, it leads up to the bridge connecting Quebec and New Brunswick. The railroad tracks are still blocked in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en."

https://twitter.com/angelharksen/status/1232004834640965634

As agreed. RCMP OUT of Wet'suwet'en. CGL out of Wet'suwet'en. Trudeau/Horgan nation-to-nation negotiations with hereditary chiefs. Unless/until that happens, the misery you make will be your own.

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#EcocideIsGenocide  #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #NoTitleNoJurisdictionNo PipelinesNoRCMP  #AllEyesOnTyendinaga  #WetsuwetenStrong #JustinLies  #ShutDownCanada

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..this was posted before. i post it again to remind what cgl and government goals are. this is evidence being presented of an underling issue.

 Wet’suwet’en: Why Are Indigenous Rights Being Defined By An Energy Corporation?

AN UNSIGNED AGREEMENT between a Wet’suwet’en First Nation and Coastal GasLink along with financial documents obtained by Yellowhead Institute provide reinforcement to Yellowhead’s assessment of the ways these private contracts can dramatically undermine First Nation rights and jurisdiction.

The Impact and Benefit Agreement (IBA) and other documents were drafted in 2016, two years before the first payments were made to the First Nation. Because official agreements are not available to the public due to confidentiality clauses, these documents provide a valuable record of Coastal GasLink’s negotiating objectives.

In light of present RCMP raids, these documents provide important insights that support an emerging analysis around how resource extraction companies work with provinces to limit the scope of the Aboriginal and treaty rights.

The document also introduces the possibility of future negotiations with the band on the pipeline’s conversion to crude oil.

Operating on unceded lands
The pipeline, a natural gas project by Coastal GasLink owned by TC Energy, has been approved by the B.C. government, but it is being opposed by Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary leadership in the region.

It has been criticized by Amnesty InternationalB.C.’s Human Rights Commission and the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination who say all First Nations affected by the pipeline should give free, prior and informed consent before it can proceed.

Provincial and federal governments, industry and the First Nations LNG Alliance have responded to criticism about the contentious project by citing the consent of elected band councils along the route. Coastal GasLink has signed agreements with 20 First Nations, including with each band council in the Wet’suwet’en Nation.

Irrevocable consent

According to the IBA, Coastal GasLink aims to secure “irrevocable consent” for the project from the First Nation.

The First Nation must also act to dissuade band members from engaging in any internal dissent within the First Nation against the project. The unsigned agreement reads:

  • “[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.”

Experts on IBAs have been warning for years that serious issues can arise when commercial law is used to interpret Aboriginal constitutional rights. With these agreements, we now see how. The draft agreement states:

  • “[this is the] full and final satisfaction of any present or future claim by [the First Nation]… against Coastal Gaslink… for any infringement by the Project of [the First Nation’s] Section 35(1) Rights.”

The extent of constitutional Aboriginal rights is being defined here by a private energy corporation, specifically limiting the exercise of Aboriginal rights. A separate provision affirms that the band can take legal action against British Columbia.

Future protection is granted to Coastal GasLink in the case that Aboriginal rights are expanded to the nation through legal or policy means. The draft agreement states:

  • “If [the First Nation] obtains any interest in land including Aboriginal title or ownership or jurisdiction over lands used by the Project… [the First Nation] affirms the Authorizations … will continue” and that these changes will not affect the Agreement.

Dayna Nadine Scott, a law professor at York University, has interviewed lawyers with experience drafting IBAs for a research project, due out in the spring. She says this language is highly problematic and is often referred to as “gag orders,” preventing communities from raising concerns when new issues come to light.

Therefore, the unsigned agreement restricts the band from challenging any of the company’s legal rights of development, even in the case of changes to the First Nation’s legal rights, as recognised by courts or governments.....

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..further from the above

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Subsidizing dispossession
LNG Canada is already subsidized by the province of B.C. for $5.35 billion. A further $1 billion in estimated subsidies will be provided by the federal government in exemptions from tariffs on steel imports.

The provincial funding arrangement puts B.C. Premier John Horgan in a conflict of interest with Wet’suwet’en hereditary governments opposing the project.

Horgan has expressed concern about First Nations experiencing “systemic poverty” and characterized the Coastal Gas Link investment into First Nations as “a pathway to prosperity,” according to recent statements in the press.

But a substantial amount of financial support to First Nations are derived from public coffers. Rather than alleviate “systemic poverty” in communities directly, the B.C. government is channelling these dollars through energy companies. Therefore, making First Nation funding contingent upon support for pipeline deals.

These numbers confirm amounts committed in a Natural Gas Benefits Agreement signed between the parties.

Raid
As the RCMP descend on Wet’suwet’en territory it is worthwhile to reflect on how social license is achieved by industry to access Indigenous territories.

A hand-in-glove system, the B.C. government has supported the current raids through financial incentives that have forced communities apart.

With upwards of $7 billion on the line in government subsidies, the interests of Coastal GasLink’s viability appears to have been put far ahead of Wet’suwet’en rights, title and justice.

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epaulo13 wrote:

What kind of danger to our water system do natural gas pipelines represent?

 

epaulo13 wrote:

Paladin1 wrote:

quizzical wrote:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-second-wetsuweten-hereditary-wing-chief-voices-concerns-about/

 

Good article that will go completely ignored. Us settlers only suppport First Nations who oppose gas and oil lines, we don't care for the views and opinions of First Nations who are pro pipeline. Because we know better than them.

Globe and Mail profiles Gary Naziel, a Laksilyu wing chief, and neglects to mention that he's currently subcontracted by CGL & has worked for CGL for years. Beyond undisclosed conflicts, this should have been fact checked. Feasts opposing pipelines have been held since 2011.

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A lot of First Nations work for oil and gas company. Lots of people don't see that as a crime.

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SNAP RALLY in support of Tyendinaga and the Wet'suwet'en TODAY 4:30pm, 1091 Portage Ave in Winnipeg

 

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Paladin1 wrote:

epaulo13 wrote:

What kind of danger to our water system do natural gas pipelines represent?

 

epaulo13 wrote:

Paladin1 wrote:

quizzical wrote:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-second-wetsuweten-hereditary-wing-chief-voices-concerns-about/

 

Good article that will go completely ignored. Us settlers only suppport First Nations who oppose gas and oil lines, we don't care for the views and opinions of First Nations who are pro pipeline. Because we know better than them.

Globe and Mail profiles Gary Naziel, a Laksilyu wing chief, and neglects to mention that he's currently subcontracted by CGL & has worked for CGL for years. Beyond undisclosed conflicts, this should have been fact checked. Feasts opposing pipelines have been held since 2011.

Link

 

A lot of First Nations work for oil and gas company. Lots of people don't see that as a crime.

Feasts opposing pipelines have been held since 2011

..nobody said it was a crime. that's you trying to paint those opposed in a bad light. that you ignore the democracy going on in favour of looking for division points to your conservative outlook. which is just not relevant to the reality of what is going on. 

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Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Statement On OPP Actions At Tyendinaga

http://kahnawake.com/news/pr/pr02242020c.pdf

"The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake wishes to express its outrage and disgust regarding the actions taken this morning on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Today's events took place despite an imminent solution that the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs were working on with the Federal and Provincial governments.

The MCK feels strongly that today's police actions would not have taken place had Prime Minister Trudeau not made his inflammatory statments on Friday, leaving no doubt about his planned course of action. We cannot state strongly enough our extreme disappointment in the absolute lack of faith shown by a Prime Minister who continually expresses his government's priority is improving its relationship with Indigenous Peoples. What has happened in the past few days has, in fact, undone progress in building relations with Indigenous Peoples..."

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#JustinLies  #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #ShutCanadaDown  #EyesOnTyendinaga  #WetsuwetenStrong  #thetimeisnow  #DecolonizeCanadaNow

NDPP

The Myth of Band Councils As First Nations

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2020/02/24/the-myth-of-band...

"Band councils were created from the 1876 Indian Act and designed to undermine and replace centuries of traditional governments across Canada. They were, and are extremely limited in their authority and entirely subject to officials in the federal government..."

I was once told by a one time in-house counsel for DIA  that in fact 'First Nation' was a term deliberately concocted  by lawyers in the Dept of Justice Canada as a strategic attempt to evade certain international law definitions etc regarding  'Nations'. In international law there are nations not 'first nations'. Canada also has domestic legislation in which an Indian Act band council is officially recognized and defined as 'the first nation'.  Welcome to Canadian neo-colonialism and usurpation-as-genocide, including nice-sounding pc colonizer poisoned naming which everyone is encouraged to use. A nation is a nation. A 'first nation' not necessarily.

#SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #DeColonizeCanada  #thetimeisnow

NDPP

Breaking: Jerome Turner reports the Gitxsan Nation has Again Blockaded the Railway Tracks  near New Hazelton BC in response to today's police raid on Tyendinaga..."

https://twitter.com/ricochet_en/status/1232061928698253316

#JustinLies #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #EcocideIsGenocide  #StopThatTrain  SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #DefendTheTerritories  #thetimeisnow #ShutThisShitDown

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CP Supports The Wet'suwet'en In Its Request For Dialogue With the Prime Minister

https://www.cpr.ca/en/media/cp-supports-the-wetsuweten-in-its-request-fo...

"...CP supports the Wet'suwet'en in its request for dialogue with the Prime Minister. I call on you to engage immediately in a direct dialogue with the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs...We fully understand their frustrations..."

Dear Justin: Pull out the RCMPork and CGL, Call Horgan, call the Chiefs, make an appointment, then get your sorry asses up to Wet'suwet'en Territory asap for an honourable nation-to-nation negotiation to put an end to the godawful mess YOU HAVE MADE. You will also need to apologize to the Mohawk  Nation for the  monkey-tricks and head games which have all come to naught but shit. As many Canadians are right now, I am embarrassed and ashamed at the conduct of those who claim to represent' us. You are not a particularly clever or convincing 'player'. So forget the bad drama-teacher training. It's not working.  Try playing it straight up, honest and honourable for a change. It's the only way.  Otherwise...

#ShutDownCanada  #JustinLies  #StopThatTrain  #DecolonizeNow  #thetimeisnow

NDPP

Blockades Set Up In East Vancouver and Maple Ridge in Response to Raid on Tyendinaga Mohawk Camp (and vids)

https://www.straight.com/news/1364426/blockades-set-east-vancouver-and-m...

"...It's another day of action for the allies of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs. Traffic is blocked in all directions at the intersection of Clark Drive and East Hastings Street, according to Vancouver police. The Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Coast Salish Territories Twitter feed declares that people are not planning on leaving the site. 'The economy is not a person so it cannot be held hostage,' the Indigenous activist Herb Varley said, according to the Twitter feed. 'Violence cannot be wrought upon it. Quite the opposite, it is Indigenous peoples who are experiencing violence.'

This direct action comes in the wake of the Ontario Provincial Police taking down Tyendinaga Mohawks' Camp and making several arrests this morning beside CN Rail's line near Belleville, Ontario...Meanwhile, another blockade has been created along the CP Rail line in Maple Ridge. According to the Red Braid Alliance for Decolonial Socialism, the trains have been shut down in both directions. A large crowd has also gathered at the BC legislature in Victoria. Actions are also taking place in other parts of Canada, as the tweets below show..."

 

Go Forth and Multiply! Make JT and JH Meet Chiefs in Honourable Nation-to-Nation Negotiations!

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#PullTheirChainStopThatTrain   #ShutCanadaDown  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP   #EcocideIsGenocide #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #AllEyesOnTyendinaga  #WetsuwetenStrong  #ForFutureGenerations #thetimeisnow

 

NDPP

Stand With Tyendinaga! (and vid)

https://twitter.com/submedia/status/123211161241

"On the morning of Feb 24 the OPP raided the rail blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk territory. In the wake of the raid, new barricades have gone up, but more solidarity is urgently required."

#Tyendinaga  #ActNow  #ShutDownCanada  #WetsuwetenStrong  #JustinLies #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem

NDPP

Live Feed of Arrests at Gitxsan Happening Now  (and vid)

https://twitter.com/Gidimten/status/1232151657649037312

"House Chief Spookw, independent media and other Gitxsan being arrested..."

NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #EcocideIsGenocide  #ShutDownCanada  #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #JustinLies #AllEyesOnTyendinaga #WetsuwetenStrong  #thetimeisnow

NDPP

RCMP Arrest Gitxsan on Gitxsan Land: "RCMP now arresting elderly gitxsan woman in her 80s."

https://twitter.com/showmekittys/status/1232150403103391744

 

"...Canada is crumbling under the weight of its own broken promises, constitutional violations and genocidal crimes. Our Tribes are rising, are formally unifying in the stance of full sovereignty and jurisdiction in our Territories..."

'There is No Justice on Stolen Land' - Wolverine

https://www.straight.com/news/627141/gustafsen-lake-standoff-leader-wolv...

 

RCMP: 'Smear Campaigns Are Our Specialty'

https://youtu.be/rjoqaFg5ZjY

 

Disinformation And Smear: The Use of State Propaganda and Military Force To Suppress Aboriginal Title At The 1995 Gustafsen Lake Standoff

https://opus.uleth.ca/handle/10133/189

 

"In his letter to the prime minister [Justin Trudeau], Wolverine wrote, 'Despite the 20 years that have passed since the Ts'Peten standoff the core issues that so forcefully clashed against each other remain at the forefront of the hearts and minds of Indigenous people. That is, our right to self-determination, autonomy and protection from the dispossession of our lands and territories...."

Secwepemc Elder William Jones 'Wolverine' Ignace

https://canadians.org/blog/secwepemc-elder-william-jones-wolverine-ignace

 

"For every one that goes down ten more will rise up."  Wolverine, Secwepemc Nation

"...We are replaying Gustafsen Lake." -  Molly Wickham, Gidimten, Wet'suwet'en Nation

SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #thetimeisnow  #Tyendinaga  #Secwepemc  #WetsuwetenStrong

NDPP

Prior to RCMP arrest, Gitxsan hereditary Chief Spookwx explains CN rail line action  (and vid)

https://twitter.com/danmesec/status/1232122178235092992

"We're not left with many options. This is the one that seems to have the most impact...in getting them to come to the table. And they're dragging their feet..."

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#TrudeauHorganMustMeetNationToNationWithWetSuwetenStrongNow  #PullTheirChainsStopTheirTrains #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #Tyendinaga  #ShutDownCanada  #thetimeisnow

 

NDPP

Coastal GasLink Continues Work Camp Construction in Wet'suwet'en Territory

https://twitter.com/CBCIndigenous/status/1232103213563772928

"Despite a recent directive from BC's Environmental Assessment Office for Coastal GasLink to consult further along a stretch of its pipeline route at the heart of the Wet'suwet'en conflict, the company's work continues along the MoriceWest Forest Service Road in northern [not] BC. The company and its contractors are expanding a worker accommodation camp [ManCamp] located about 18 kilometres past the Unist'ot'en healing village.

'I don't know why they wouldn't stand down while discussions are being planned here but thus far they're still out there', said Na'moks, hereditary chief for the Tsayu clan. Coastal GasLink says it doesn't expect its overall spring construction schedule to be affected by the assessment...."

What an outrageous lie the Trudeau/Horgan 'reconciliation-consultation' process is. This area is 'beyond the treaty-frontier', consitutionally outside the jurisdiction of Canada or BC' and under the continuing jurisdiction of its hereditary guardians. Even our own crooked courts can't hide that fact although they try their best.

So, the destruction of the territory continues apace, the RCMP is still on the territory, as is CGL GasLink, and people are going to jail just for trying to get Trudeau/Horgan et al simply to have a meeting, do the right thing and stop the ecocide-as-genocide. Clearly the governments are treating all of us seeking a just and honourable solution to this destructive and illegal development like fools. Clearly the only option remaining is to force the requisite behaviour modification of the Canadian settler-state's  national and provincial leadership, by the application of more pressure. What else is there? Let's do it!

#PullTheirChainsStopTheirTrains  #EcocideIsGenocide  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #ShutDownCanadaMore #WetsuwetenStrong  #RespectAndConsent  #JustinLies  #AllEyesOnTyendinaga  #DishonourOfTheCrown #IncreaseThePressure

NDPP

As RCMP Arrest Gitxsan People on CN Rail Track, Police Monitor Actions at Legislature and in East Vancouver (and vid)

https://t.co/ZKvGQSR0jw?amp=1

"A group calling itself the Unist'ot'en Solidarity Brigade says that the RCMP are arresting Gitxsan chiefs, elders and matriarchs on railroad tracks in northern BC..."

All true. What's next Canada? At this rate the PM will be doing the 'full Israel' in no time...

https://youtu.be/OTvO_SeTvrU

How marvellous to see the involvement of Jeannette Armstrong. With her successful background and experience working as an  intermediary with the RCMP at Gustafsen Lake, her effective 'crisis management' skills could come in handy here. Perhaps Mr Mercredi could also be brought in to ease any particularly difficult negotiations with the police?

#NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP   #SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem  #Gitxsan  #Tyendinaga #WetsuwetenStrong  #ShutDownCanada  #NoJusticeNoPeace  #JustinLies

NDPP

Solidarity Rail Blockade Launched in Hamilton After OPP Arrests in Tyendinaga

https://twitter.com/realpeoplesmedia/status/1232237089271566336

"Our intention is to stay here indefinitely and we are calling on others to join us."

#TyendinagaSolidarity  #WetsuwetenSolidarity  #RCMPout  #OPPout  #ShutDownCanada

NDPP

"Members of the Gitxsan Nation and supporters have now shut down highway 16, 'The Highway of Tears'. They say they won't reopen it until the RCMP release those arrested tonight, including two Gitxsan hereditary chiefs. Our story..."

https://twitter.com/ricochet_en/status/1232184287568547842

#MMIWG  #Gitxsan  #WetsuwetenStrong  #EcocideIsGenocide  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem  #NoJusticeNoPeace  #ShutDownCanada  #thetimeisnow  #ThePeopleUnitedCanNeverBeDefeated  #JustinLies

NDPP

Trudeau's Handling Of The Wet'suwet'en Blockades Critical To His Political Credibility, Say Pollsters and Former Cabinet Minister Nault

https://www.hilltimes.com/2020/02/24/very-slippery-ice-wetsuweten-blocka...

"...It clearly is becoming a moment in Canada where everyone's paying attention,' said Mr Lyle. 'If they [the Liberals] handle it wrong, if they create a situation in which the NDP and the Bloc know that they can no longer support the Trudeau government and maintain their credibility with their own voters, then if the Tories move a motion of non-confidence, in a minority the government is precarious, and any big issue could be politically damaging..."

Fatal even. Dear Justin, you had better hope that you can still arrange that nation-to-nation meeting with the Wet'suwet'en. You had better announce an amnesty for all arrested, in the interest of fairness, 'reconciliation', and preserving your ever more precarious political prospects.

If you are serious about turning a new page on Canada's dark colonial past, or even if you were to pretend you are, you need to make nice with those you've offended with your 'hard man' orders and the goon squad arrest tactics that accompanied the performance. Apologize to the Wet'suwet'en, apologize to the Mohawks, apologize to the Gitxsan, and anyone else who deserves one, and announce cancelllation of the Coastal GasLink project and the TransMountain pipeline due to the very real doubts about Canada's own 'title and rights' to impose them in the unceded Indigenous Territories.

Until that is sorted, you can hardly be shoving development projects down the throats of peoples who may turn out to have far superior 'claims' to sovereignty, ownership and jurisdiction over their lands than Canada does. Including ,obviously, a veto on any and all development projects they decide.  I suggest you first make your apologies to the Mohawks and the other aggrieved parties, and then, with Premier Horgan, advise CGL and the RCMP to take a walk, off the territories  while you try and convince the Wet'suwet'en Chiefs to give you another chance at/in  those honourable nation-to-nation meetings the whole country wants to see move forward. If all goes well and peaceful, who knows, those sinking poll numbers could perk up again.

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Indigenous solidarity protesters have shut down GO Train service in Hamilton and Niagara with a solidarity blockade in support of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposing the building of a $6-billion Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline in B.C. (David Ritchie)

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Kenney announces new law clamping down on protestors

On the eve of the Throne Speech and in the wake of Teck’s decision to pull out of its Frontier Mine project, Premier Jason Kenney announced legislation targeting protesters who disrupt vital infrastructure networks.

Kenney blamed Teck’s withdrawal on Sunday in part on the “appearance of anarchy” caused by nationwide protests in support of Wet’suwet’en heridetary chiefs who are opposed to the CoastalGas Link project in northern B.C.

“This decision was taken in large part because of regulatory uncertainty and endless delays created by the national government, as well as the general atmosphere of lawlessness that we have seen take hold of parts of our country and much of our economic infrastructure in the past three weeks,” said Kenney in a speech to caucus, government staff, invitees and media on Monday.

The first bill of the spring session will be the Critical Infrastructure Defense Act, creating new “stiff penalties for anyone who riots on or seeks to impair critical economic infrastructure,” Kenney said.

The government will table the legislationotherwise known as Bill 1, on Tuesday.

Kenney said he had spoken to “major” investors who have cancelled, frozen and suspended major investments in the economy because of the rail blockades.

The Court of Queen’s Bench granted a province-wide, 30-day injunction last week after protesters blocked CN tracks east of Edmonton. Police can be called to serve and enforce that order. In Ontario, police enforced an injunction Monday, dismantling the blockade near Belleville, Ont., that began on Feb. 6 and halted freight and passenger rail service across much of the country.

Kenney targeted “urban green left zealots,” saying they were trying to appropriate protests and condemning Indigenous people to poverty. The Coastal GasLink project, which is supported by all 20 elected First Nation chiefs along the pipeline’s route, is expected to create 2,000 to 2,500 jobs during its four-year construction period....

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Inuit Statement of Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders

Inuit from coast to coast to coast have been watching Wet’suwet’en and their resistance movement against Coastal Gaslink’s pipeline that would destroy their traditional territories¹. We have watched as the RCMP violently invaded their unceded lands². We have witnessed the militarized violence enforced and encouraged by all levels of settler governments³.

We are standing together, as Inuit, in unequivocal solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders.

We understand as Indigenous peoples what it is like to be impacted by colonialism. Like our First Nations and Métis cousins, and indeed Indigenous peoples worldwide, we too have been hurt by the violence of resource extraction. From Muskrat Falls⁴ to Clyde River⁵ and all across Inuit Nunangat: we understand deeply the wounds that industry can bring. Whether it’s pipelines, seismic testing, or large-scale hydro dams, the impacts of these dangerous resource projects are far too great⁶. Not only do they threaten our lands and waters, they threaten our sovereignty⁷. Wet’suwet’en is currently facing violent occupation⁸ from the RCMP⁹, whose long-standing¹⁰ anti-Indigenous¹¹ history¹² is well documented¹³ - including atrocities perpetrated against Inuit¹⁴ (both historically¹⁵ and in more recent years¹⁶).

This is why we are standing with the people of Wet’suwet’en: because we’ve been there too.

We are calling on Inuit governments and organizations across Inuit Nunangat and beyond to lend their voices in the growing solidarity movement. So far we have seen statements of support from Nunavut Tunngavik¹⁷, but we call on all other Inuit governments and organizations to join us in standing with Wet’suwet’en.

As Inuit, we are declaring our support for the land defenders of Wet’suwet’en, and all of the Indigenous peoples rising up from coast to coast to coast in solidarity. We assert and affirm our support, now and in future struggles. Solidarity between different Indigenous peoples is vital in this climate of growing anti-Indigenous animosity, racism, and hate. We call on the provincial and federal governments of Canada to meet with the Hereditary Chiefs in a true nation-to-nation fashion. We call on Coastal Gaslink to cease all work and withdraw from Wet’suwet’en Yintah. We condemn the violence, the arrests, the exclusion zones, and the broad actions of the RCMP and call on the RCMP to withdraw from Wet’suwet’en Yintah. And finally, we call upon our Inuit governments and organizations to issue their own statements of support for the land defenders of Wet’suwet’en, the Hereditary Chiefs, the strong Indigenous youth, and all others standing in solidarity.

With love and solidarity,

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Protesters defy injunction at Port of Vancouver, youth lock themselves to legislature in Victoria

Demonstrators in Vancouver said they were acting in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in their battle over a natural gas pipeline and the Tyendinaga Mohawk people who were arrested earlier Monday at a rail blockade in Ontario.

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We stand with the Wet’suwet’en Peoples and hold our government accountable for its actions

A path that respects the human rights of Indigenous peoples does not include armed police officers, violent acts, arrests and check points that prevent Indigenous peoples from accessing their lands. A path that respects the human rights of Indigenous peoples is peaceful, recognizes the sovereignty and jurisdiction of the Wet’suwet’en Peoples, includes the meaningful engagement of the hereditary leaders, protects the rights of land defenders to care for their families, upholds their right to protect the lands and waters for future generations, and respects the Indigenous right of free, prior and informed consent.

KAIROS stands with the Wet’suwet’en Peoples in asserting these rights and calls on government and industry to uphold the rights of Indigenous peoples as expressed in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Full KAIROS statement: Wet’suwet’en land defenders are not criminals

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Sonia Hill, who identifies as Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River and is a McMaster University sociology teaching assistant, says the pro-Wet’suwet’en blockade on CN rails between Aldershot and Hamilton will continue “indefinitely.” #HamOnt #WetsuwetenSolidarity #BurlOnt

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All is quiet at Tyendinaga protest this morning...

Paladin1

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What kind of danger to our water system do natural gas pipelines represent?

 

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quizzical wrote:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-second-wetsuweten-hereditary-wing-chief-voices-concerns-about/

 

Good article that will go completely ignored. Us settlers only suppport First Nations who oppose gas and oil lines, we don't care for the views and opinions of First Nations who are pro pipeline. Because we know better than them.

Globe and Mail profiles Gary Naziel, a Laksilyu wing chief, and neglects to mention that he's currently subcontracted by CGL & has worked for CGL for years. Beyond undisclosed conflicts, this should have been fact checked. Feasts opposing pipelines have been held since 2011.

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A lot of First Nations work for oil and gas company. Lots of people don't see that as a crime.

Feasts opposing pipelines have been held since 2011

..nobody said it was a crime. that's you trying to paint those opposed in a bad light. that you ignore the democracy going on in favour of looking for division points to your conservative outlook. which is just not relevant to the reality of what is going on. 

 

 

I find it ironic and very indicative that First Nations who support the pipelines (and the stability, security and independence it gives them) are all but being ignored by us settlers who know better.

Ignoring democracy? Hereditary chiefs aren't a democracy or even representitive democracy. Not nessairily a bad thing, but not democractic.

 

 

That said please shut down Toronto and Vancouver. More protests!

(I'm still not sure what threat to our watersystem natural gas presents)

bekayne

NDPP wrote:

Trudeau's Handling Of The Wet'suwet'en Blockades Critical To His Political Credibility, Say Pollsters and Former Cabinet Minister Nault

https://www.hilltimes.com/2020/02/24/very-slippery-ice-wetsuweten-blocka...

"...It clearly is becoming a moment in Canada where everyone's paying attention,' said Mr Lyle. 'If they [the Liberals] handle it wrong, if they create a situation in which the NDP and the Bloc know that they can no longer support the Trudeau government and maintain their credibility with their own voters, then if the Tories move a motion of non-confidence, in a minority the government is precarious, and any big issue could be politically damaging..."

You omitted the next part:
Mr. Lyle said this issue could be politically damaging in swing ridings across the country, especially in the GTA, which plays a key role in the outcome of every election. The Liberals have to be careful about the reaction by the “victims of the blockade,” such as people running out of propane, workers who have been laid off, or people who had travel plans but were not able to proceed, he said.

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bekayne wrote:

NDPP wrote:

Trudeau's Handling Of The Wet'suwet'en Blockades Critical To His Political Credibility, Say Pollsters and Former Cabinet Minister Nault

https://www.hilltimes.com/2020/02/24/very-slippery-ice-wetsuweten-blocka...

"...It clearly is becoming a moment in Canada where everyone's paying attention,' said Mr Lyle. 'If they [the Liberals] handle it wrong, if they create a situation in which the NDP and the Bloc know that they can no longer support the Trudeau government and maintain their credibility with their own voters, then if the Tories move a motion of non-confidence, in a minority the government is precarious, and any big issue could be politically damaging..."

You omitted the next part:
Mr. Lyle said this issue could be politically damaging in swing ridings across the country, especially in the GTA, which plays a key role in the outcome of every election. The Liberals have to be careful about the reaction by the “victims of the blockade,” such as people running out of propane, workers who have been laid off, or people who had travel plans but were not able to proceed, he said.

Yes the message is subtle but I agree with it. Clearly a majority of Canadian voters don't give a fuck about anyone's rights except their own and if those damn protestors are not stopped they will vote for a party that will take off the velvet glove and use the full iron fist.

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Ignoring democracy? Hereditary chiefs aren't a democracy or even representitive democracy.

..hereditary chiefs govern with the will of the people. unlike the elected indian act bands. you just have to understand the processes at work to get it. 

Sean in Ottawa

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The Myth of Band Councils As First Nations

https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2020/02/24/the-myth-of-band...

"Band councils were created from the 1876 Indian Act and designed to undermine and replace centuries of traditional governments across Canada. They were, and are extremely limited in their authority and entirely subject to officials in the federal government..."

I was once told by a one time in-house counsel for DIA  that in fact 'First Nation' was a term deliberately concocted  by lawyers in the Dept of Justice Canada as a strategic attempt to evade certain international law definitions etc regarding  'Nations'. In international law there are nations not 'first nations'. Canada also has domestic legislation in which an Indian Act band council is officially recognized and defined as 'the first nation'.  Welcome to Canadian neo-colonialism and usurpation-as-genocide, including nice-sounding pc colonizer poisoned naming which everyone is encouraged to use. A nation is a nation. A 'first nation' not necessarily.

#SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #DeColonizeCanada  #thetimeisnow

I had not really thought much about the terminology but of course you are correct: first implies more than one -- that there is a second or more that have greater currency for today. Without much thinking the term attacks the legitimacy while pretending to be beneficial (who does not like being first). It is artful. Thanks for this insight.

Sean in Ottawa

BTW -- anyone else notice that the quote numbers are not working? I clicked on quote at the end of post 564 and it automatically recorded that my comment was in reply to post 589? I wanted to see the context and realized I needed to use the search function to find it.

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Canada's government does a piss poor job of hiding its true nature if you just look at the language. A First Nation's person is a Canadian citizen who has a registry number under the Indian Act. A non status Indian is merely a visible minority citizen at the back of the rights bus with the rest of the visible minorities. Canadians just don't recognize our historic consistency as a race based society. But we call it a democracy.

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Sean in Ottawa wrote:

BTW -- anyone else notice that the quote numbers are not working? I clicked on quote at the end of post 564 and it automatically recorded that my comment was in reply to post 589? I wanted to see the context and realized I needed to use the search function to find it.

They stopped working after an "upgrade" a couple of years ago, and have not been fixed since.

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Protesters, police remain at B.C. legislature for 2nd day of Wet'suwet'en demonstration

Several dozen protesters slept overnight on the steps of the B.C. legislature as their demonstration of support for Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposed to construction of a pipeline in northern B.C. continued.

As dawn broke over the legislature grounds Tuesday, demonstrators rustled in their tents while police looked on. Other demonstrators slept out in sleeping bags next to pop-up tents and tables of food.

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Blockade on Neskonlith rail tracks is back

It didn’t take long for a rail blockade to be re-established on the CP rail tracks near Chase.

After a blockade was set up, and then removed, last Thursday (Feb. 20), it appears the blockade was set up again Monday night. Pictures and videos posted on social media show protesters gathered around a fire next to the tracks. It is across the highway from the Neskonlith Band Hall.....

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Even the wild turkeys are taking sides.

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Wet'suwet'en supporters block West Coast Express trains in the Port Haney area east of Vancouver Monday afternoon. (Red Braid Alliance for Decolonial Socialism/Twitter)

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For those citing "public interest" & "public economy" this is a good time to remember that LNG Canada is single largest PRIVATE sector investment in #cdnpoli history

That means profits for few corporations, not long-terms jobs or social infrastructure for majority

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Traffic going through Kanesatake one lane at a time. Spoke to two young women who are taking time away from work, school and motherhood to hold it down for the Mohawk nation. One is a mom who works 2 jobs to support her boy. The other is studying law and working part time

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..behind a paywall. looks like a good piece.

Police removal of Tyendinaga Mohawk is a thumbnail in the violent mosaic of Canadian colonization

There can’t possibly be a modern image that more viscerally drives a dagger through the heart of reconciliation than the sight of five heavily armed bullet-proof-vested Ontario Provincial Police officers wrestling a Mohawk demonstrator to the ground.

There can’t possibly be words more ironic than Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s on Friday saying Canadians are “running out of patience.” That he said this just days after telling opposition leader Andrew Scheer “patience may be in short supply and that makes it more valuable than ever” highlights the insincerity of his political statements. That he thinks he can lecture Indigenous folks on patience highlights colonial hubris.

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