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

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..from an email

Chase, Victoria, Van, Toronto, Mohawk, Montreal, Quebec all calling for support

The governments refusal to negotiate in good faith and instead use force to remove Tyendinaga Mohawks from their lands has led to widespread anger and a proliferation of new blockades.

People are vowing to continue to stop the rails and disrupt business as usual until Canada meets the demands of the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary chiefs for the RCMP to vacate their territory, and for CGL work to stop while they have Nation to Nation talks in Wet'suwet'en territory.

Urgent Callout in Chase BC. Secwepemc have reinstated a rail blockade of the main line and are calling for support (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158231141235555&set=a.10153040...) as a police presence grows.  Live feed going now (https://www.facebook.com/TalithaTigerlilly/videos/10156444986641525/Uzpf...)

Last night RCMP raided the rail blockade in Gixtsan territory (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/new-rail-blockade-goes-u...) and arrested Hereditary Chiefs and elders. People blockaded the highway of tears until police agreed to release people from jail.

Indigenous youth in Victoria have retaken the BC Legislature (https://www.facebook.com/indigenousclimateaction/videos/494389381516429/...) and are calling for ongoing support. You can sign up for shifts here. (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lDjmEUUiKjg32r1fsJvVceAiRU94v9ns...)

People in Vancouver have retaken the port at Clark and Hastings since yesterday and are calling for support. (https://www.facebook.com/events/2271194546313906/)

A blockade has gone up in Abbotsford BC (https://www.abbynews.com/news/anti-pipeline-protesters-blockade-cn-rail-...) and is calling for support.

People continue to mobilize throughout Mohawk territory (https://www.facebook.com/realpeoplesmedia2016/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARAMYrYov...)  and call for support.

Tracks have been taken in Toronto (https://www.facebook.com/events/614249589410278/) , Lennoxville Quebec (https://www.facebook.com/sherbrookerecord/photos/pcb.3076859165672165/30...) , and Hamilton (https://www.facebook.com/905WetsuwetenSolidarity/photos/a.27802835053330...)

Actions are about to start in Montreal (https://www.facebook.com/events/202899677458369/)

Callout for a National Student Walkout on Wednesday March 4th (https://www.facebook.com/events/187190069271102/)

Find more actions or post one of your own here! (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SupportWetsuweten/)
Road Blockade in Khanesatake in the same spot that was blocked when the Canadian Millitary put them under siege in 1990

Stakes Mount in Kahnawake -- and now Kahnesatake too  (https://montrealgazette.com/news/local-news/access-to-mercier-bridge-blo...)

Live Feed from Secwepemc blockade (https://www.facebook.com/chelsea.tims/videos/10158026789848599/?notif_id...)  facing injunction and police presence now.
Indigenous youth still holding the BC legislature calling for support! (https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1lDjmEUUiKjg32r1fsJvVceAiRU94v9ns...)

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So the whole public national takedown in #Tyendinaga yesterday was unnecessary. When will people see the Truth of what Canada is doing. Reconciliation is just an empty public relations campaign to maintain settler colonialism. This makes me sick.

Behind CN, CP's quiet deal to skirt railway blockades and keep Canada's vital goods moving

Quiet talks brokered by a government desperate to stop a growing economic threat led to two rail rivals coming together with a workaround to bypass the Tyendinaga blockade site.

Since last week, Canada's two largest railways — CN and Canadian Pacific — have been quietly sharing their rail lines to transport essential supplies to communities in need, according to multiple government, CN and industry sources. 

Protests by the Mohawks of Tyendinaga crippled passenger and freight train traffic on CN's line near Belleville for more than two weeks in solidarity with anti-pipeline protests in northern B.C against the construction of the planned Coastal GasLink pipeline. Ontario Provincial Police officers on Monday arrested 10 demonstrators to get service back up and running on the line.

But as a result of what multiple government sources are describing as a very "rare" collaboration between the two rail giants, CN trains have been circumventing blockades using alternate routes — some through the U.S. — to continue deliveries to Quebec and Maritime communities facing shortages of essential goods such as propane, chemicals for water treatment facilities and animal feed.

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Police Arrest Indigenous Land Defenders After Trudeau Demands an End to Blockades

Indigenous lawyer Pamela Palmater says Canada’s government is unduly influencing law enforcement.

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..from post #604


Pam Palmater: Right. I don’t think they bear any resemblance to monarchies, first of all. But I mean that’s a really good comparison. If you’re going to complain about something, you need to look at your own systems. But for indigenous nations across the country, like the traditional indigenous nations, there’s all different kinds of traditional governing systems. Some have hereditary systems, others have systems of matriarchs. Others have others have systems where the leaders are identified at birth. There’s a whole bunch of different traditional systems. We’re not all the same, but in the hereditary system, it’s not like someone is just anointed and then they’re there for life. If they don’t do the will of the people, if they don’t follow their traditional laws, if they’re not looking out for the entire nation, they can be removed. In fact in the Wet’suwet’en nation, hereditary leaders have been removed for not acting accordingly.

There’s a whole bunch of culture and traditions and laws and rules and regulations around it. It’s not at all like the monarchy and it’s about traditional laws and customs. There’s something far more democratic about traditional laws that work on the basis of consensus and trying to get everybody on board, versus a 51% rule. I mean, that’s not even a real majority in any sense of the word. Then when you take into account, so few people vote, you’re really talking about a fraction, where traditional governments, really it’s about everyone getting a voice, everybody working towards consensus. If you can’t get 100% consensus that are working to accommodate concerns in a fair way, and that takes time. Democracy skips all that for convenience. I think these traditional forms of governance are far more effective and far more representative of the people. If you think about democracies in general, it’s supposed to be about governance by the people, for the people, and traditional governments do that far better than the electoral system.

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Another crisis of Canada's own making


As a hockey-loving, urban 14-year old young Indigenous guy who cared more about the Justice League then Indigenous injustice, I couldn’t ignore Canadian military arresting people who looked like me. A few weeks later, I went to the library, and found out how the Haudenosaunee had their land systematically stolen.

A few years later, I looked around and realized my community of Selkirk was stolen land, too (the former site of St. Peter’s Indian Settlement or Peguis First Nation).

After that, I looked around Manitoba and saw examples such as the Chemawawin Cree, Sayisi Dene, and Cree at South Indian Lake who all were removed from their lands "legally."

In my 30s, I realized every time Indigenous peoples lose their lands, Canada’s economy is used as the reason.

Now, it’s 2020, and my daughter is witnessing her own Oka, as police dismantle a Mohawk rail blockade outside Belleville, Ont.

Like all of us, she is witnessing an Indigenous community who cannot say "no" to Canada’s economical demands.

She is seeing what happens if anyone stands in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs in B.C. She’s learning from social media, research and media how the removal of the Wet’suwet’en "land defenders" is unjust, as it’s clear that community has not given consent.

She’s learning Canada has no constitutional or legal right (or environmental, according to the announcement Friday) to plow the Coastal GasLink pipeline project through.

She’s also learning from people like family friend Jason Parenteau, whose grandmother is Wet’suwet’en. Parenteau has been home many times. Like many Wet’suwet’en, he tells anyone who will listen they aren’t defending their land to disrupt Canada.

"It’s about protecting 10,000-year-old fossilized history, salmon runs, and water that still can be drank from streams," he says. "Wet’suwet’en territory is really unique.

"All Wet’suwet’en want is to have the same quality of life for their future as the land provides — the medicines, clean water, wildlife, and opportunity to practice their culture and rights."

Until this is possible for at least a significant amount of Wet’suwet’en, the only way forward is to remove police, negotiate fairly with all leaders, and — if Canada doesn't want this to happen again — treat Indigenous nations fairly through the legal arrangements the country negotiates.

This is what will end the national crisis; not arrests.....


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..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.

The hereditary chiefs are governing with the will of the people?

The people of Wet'Suwet'En want a pipeline. Shouldn't the hereditary chiefs listen "to the people"?  That's what a democracy is.

Wet'Suwet'En people are being ignored by the hereditary chiefs.



‘Disappointment, fear and anger': Indigenous communities blindsided by Teck's decision to pull Frontier project


14 indigenous groups who signed benefits are out in the cold. Wonder why Teck pulled the plug?


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 Wonder why Teck pulled the plug?

This is what they say. The really bizarre thing is that if Notley's polices were still in place then they might have met the investment markets demands for a real plan. The hubris of our oil and gas industry and its shills received a resounding no thanks from the rest of the capitalist world. (emphasis added)

However, global capital markets are changing rapidly and investors and customers are increasingly looking for jurisdictions to have a framework in place that reconciles resource development and climate change, in order to produce the cleanest possible products. This does not yet exist here today and, unfortunately, the growing debate around this issue has placed Frontier and our company squarely at the nexus of much broader issues that need to be resolved. In that context, it is now evident that there is no constructive path forward for the project. Questions about the societal implications of energy development, climate change and Indigenous rights are critically important ones for Canada, its provinces and Indigenous governments to work through. 


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re: pipeline

..asked and answered paladin. i'll not engage with you on this topic any more.


'Highly Inappropriate': Hereditary Chief Slams Crown Corporation For Considering Giving Loan to Coastal GasLink Amidst Wet'suwet'en Protests'


"Export Development Canada (EDC) confirmed to the Star that it is considering a loan to TC energy and its partners to help build the 670-km natural gas [fracked methane] pipeline that has inspired demonstrations across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who say the project can't proceed without their consent.

Chief Na'Moks, one of five clan chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en nation...questioned the timing of the potential loan from EDC. 'It is highly inappropriate at this time,' Na'Moks told the Star after learning a loan is being considered. 'When we're supposed to have discussions and then for them to put this out - it's almost like they're trying another avenue to ensure that the public believes that this will happen, when we're adamantly opposed to it,' he said.

Na'Moks told the Star that hereditary chiefs of the nation's five clans are united in their opposition to the pipeline, and called on the RCMP enforcing construction and Coastal GasLink employees to leave Wet'suwet'en territory...The Coastal GasLink would carry natural gas from northeastern [not] BC to a terminal at Kitimat, where a conglomerate of corporations are constructing a $40-BILLION export terminal that Ottawa has boasted as the most expensive private sector project in Canadian history."


Sign Now: Block Trudeau's Multi-Million Dollar Loan To Coastal GasLink


"The federal government is about to loan Coastal GasLink millions of our taxpayer dollars to ram through their fracked gas pipeline..."


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


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re: pipeline

..asked and answered paladin. i'll not engage with you on this topic any more.


I just went through the last 60 posts. You absolutely did not explain how natural gas pipelines threaten our water in Canada.

But you're not engaging anymore so I guess thats that.


Here is a piece about fracking from a decade ago. Go ahead do an on-line search about all the places in the world that have banned fracking because of what it does to ground water not to mention the earthquakes that potentially threaten dams and tailin pond levees. Why should anyone engage you when you are being willfully blind to the real issues and acting like a jerk.




Frack US: The Danger of Gas Fracking (Doco)


"All across the USA people are rising up against fracking. They don't believe the process is safe and think it causes wide-scale land contamination..."




"A new film by Josh Fox."


Amnesty International (Canada) Open Letter: AI Vists Tyendinaga, Urges Trudeau to Act on Reconciliation


"..We should be ashamed as a country that we find ourselves in the current situation. Measures should have been adopted long ago to ensure proper respect for Indigenous rights in Canada. Legal reforms should have been enacted years ago to ensure that the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is part of our national fabric.

We have written to you previously urging that at a minimum Canada comply with the decision of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination with respect to the Coastal GasLink pipeline, TransMountain Pipeline Extension and Site C dam. The importance of governments in Canada living up to the country's international human rights obligations in these three situations and many others has been frequently reiterated by Indigenous peoples across Canada, yet your government has not shown any intention to do so.

We Therefore call on you to take the following steps:

  • Ensure that land defenders are not criminalized and that people who have been arrested for defending the land and who have not engaged in acts of criminal violence are released unconditionally.
  • Respond immediately to the December 2019 ruling of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, including suspending construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in the absence of free, prior and informed consent of the Wet'suwet'en people and the withdrawal of the RCMP from their traditional territory.
  • Move immediately on long promised legal reforms, notably a legislative framework for implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Engage directly and personally in discussions with Indigenous chiefs elected and hereditary, so as to demonstrate that governments recognize that these are not simply matters of barricades and law enforcement, but are the very essence of a respectful and rights-regarding nation-to-nation relationship.

Prime Minister, you face an unprecedented opportunity to break with decades of failure when it comes to the relationship with Indigenous peoples in Canada. To do so requires putting rights first..."

[email protected]           (Dear Justin, We expect you to comply...)


#SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #EcocideIsGenocide  #Tyendinaga  #WetsuwetenStrong  #landback  #JustinLies #ShutDownCanada #thetimeisnow   #ThePeoplesUnitedCanNeverBeDefeated  #NoJusticeNoPeace


Secwepemc Hereditary Chief, Daughter Arrested At Rail Blockade in BC


"...Anushka Azadi, a spokesperson for the Secwepemc Sacred Fire, said Hereditary Chief Sawses chose to be voluntarily arrested in order to prevent RCMP from snuffing a sacred fire that was burning along the tracks and prevent other Secwepemc nation members and supporters from being handcuffed. 'He sacrificed for us,' said Azadi. Azadi said Sawses daughter and a nation member also allowed themselves to be arrested rather than walk away from the tracks. 'Many times we had to negotiate to keep violence from the sacred fire and stop the sacred fire from being dismantled by the RCMP, said Azadi.

CP CEO Keith Creel released an open letter asking Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to meet with Wet'suwet'en chiefs. Neskonlith [Band] chief Judy Wilson said some Secwepemc members felt the letter 'fell on deaf ears'. BC RCMP Cpl Jesse O'Donaghey said in an emailed statement that three people were arrested for 'breach of the civil injunction' and were taken to the Chase detachment for processing."

Trudeau's 'friendly fascism' in action


Watch Trudeau's 'friendly fascism' beyond the treaty frontier as a highly respected Secwepemc hereditary chief, his daughter and others are arrested by RCMP,  removed from their own land. While even the CP CEO agrees the prime minister must meet the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs. 

Dear Justin: As day by day I see such things, a great anger is growing. I see you still peddling your failed 'reconciliation' rap, even as you have Indigenous people arrested and taken away for asserting rights it should be impossible to deny them. I strongly suggest you comply with the suggestions of Amnesty International, (hardly one of those 'radical environmental organizations' your colleague Scheer Madness complains about) and drop all charges against people such as these, as well as implementing the other points made in the letter.

May I also suggest that continuing these outrageous abuses against internationally protected peoples on their own lands on behalf of a destructive corporate consortium's environmentally toxic business deal, will almost certainly result in the imminent crash and burn of your political future. Of one thing I am certain. I and many other Canadians, will never ever again vote for anything that has your name attached to it. Ever. And if it was up to me you'd go to prison for what you've done. Read the Amnesty letter. Comply or politically die.

#Sawses  #SecwepemcStrong  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP   #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #EcocideIsGenocide  #WetsuwetenStrong  #ShutDownCanada  #StopThatTrain  #NoJusticeNoPeace  #ThePeoplesUnitedCanNeverBeDefeated


Arrests, Travel Disruptions As Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Protests Spread Across Canada (and vid)


"Transportation disruptions spread across the country Tuesday, as demonstrators continued to protest in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who oppose a $6-billion natural gas pipeline project in northern [not] BC. A day after police descended on a rail blockade near Belleville, Ontario, arresting 10 protesters, new disturbances popped up across the country in response..."

#WetsuwetenStrong  #MohawkSolidarity  #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #ThePeoplesUnitedCanNeverBeDefeated  #NoJusticeNoPeace  #ShutCanadaDown  #thetimeisnow


'We're Not Going Away So Deal With US': Haudenosaunee Protesters...


"Haudenosaunee Confederacy members and supporters blocked the busy Highway 6 bypass around Caledonia on Monday and settled in the next day wiht a growing barricade of pallets, a trailer and a barrel-fire for heat..."


#SovereigntyAndSolidarity  #Haudenosaunee  #ShutDownCanada  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #SixNations  #JustinLies  #thetimeisnow


Haida Tattoo Announces Split from Trudeau


"How can I sit here when this guy is squawking about reconciliation while Indigenous people are being arrested for trying to protect their land?' the thunderbird told reporters outside the pm's Ottawa office. 'The answer is that I can't and I won't. This bird is flying."


Health Professionals Call For A Moratorium On Coastal GasLink Construction Permits


"Open letter cites health concerns related to fracking and climate change and expresses solidarity with Indigenous rights of Wet'suwet'en..."

#EcocideIsGenocide  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #ShutCanadaDown  #JustinLies #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #WetsuwetenStrong  #nowisthetime


Bev Jacobs: In Sacred Tyendinaga, An Affirmation of the Spirit and Significance Of Haudenosaunee Laws


"...We should all be aware of the history of this violent relationship, especially since it isn't taught in every education system today, and since so much racism and hate is spewed against our people, against me and against any other strong Indigenous and non-Indigenous people whenever they tell the true history: that Indigenous laws and legal orders existed long before colonization. We had and continue to have our own legal, social, educational, health and governance system, which allow every single person to feel safe and secure..."

#Haudenosaunee  #Mohawk  #AllEyesOnTyendinaga  #TwoRow #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #NoJusticeNoPeace  #thetimeisnow #Decolonize



"Gentle reminder for Canadians who have yet to wake up: There are now daily arrests of Indigenous land defenders. This is a crisis."


[email protected]

#NoJusticeNoPeace  #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #WetsuwetenStrong  #thetimeisnow  #ShutCanadaDown  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #landback


"Indigenous youth who have stood on the Wet'suwet'en front lines offer this message of solidarity for the Mohawks of Tyendinaga, and for people standing up across Turtle Island. The threat of violence will not stop us from defending the sacred for our future generations." (and vid. 1/3)


#ThePeoplesUnitedCanNeverBeDefeated  #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #WetsuwetenStrong  #Tyendinaga  #ShutCanadaDown  #Decolonize  #thetimeisnow


Wet'suwet'en Chiefs Update


"Pre-conditions to start talks still not met. These preconditions would include the RCMP and CGL withdrawing from Wet'suwet'en Territory."

And yet we are told by Justin that he 'has tried everything'...


#JustinLies  #JustinLies  #JustinLies  #JustinLies   #JustinLies  #JustinLies  #JustinLies  #WetsuwetenStrong


"The scene right now at one of Toronto's rail blockades in solidarity with Wetsuweten. Get your ass to 4100 Dundas West."



"Arrests are taking place in Toronto Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Blockade, e-transfer funds for legal to [email protected]  pw: solidarity . But do not let the arrests dissuade you! Come to the blockade! And then continue to take actions."


#WetsuwetenStrong  #NoJusticeNoPeace  #ThePeopleUnitedCanNeverBeDefeated  #ShutDownCanada  #Tyendinaga  #thetimeisnow

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Paladin1 wrote:

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re: pipeline

..asked and answered paladin. i'll not engage with you on this topic any more.


I just went through the last 60 posts. You absolutely did not explain how natural gas pipelines threaten our water in Canada.

But you're not engaging anymore so I guess thats that.

..this was your question. sorry that you had to go through that.

The people of Wet'Suwet'En want a pipeline. Shouldn't the hereditary chiefs listen "to the people"?  That's what a democracy is.

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Kahnawake protesters defy injunction as railway blockade continues

A railway blockade in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake is continuing on Wednesday morning as protesters refuse to obey a court injunction to take down their barricade.

The demonstration is one of many nationwide blockades in a show of support with hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in British Columbia who oppose the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline through their territory.


Canadian Pacific Railway was granted its injunction to end blockades in Kahnawake, south of Montreal, and other parts of Quebec on Tuesday. The move was seen by members of the Mohawk community as a provocation.

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake has said it is considering its next steps, including challenging the court ruling.

“We must make it clear to our own people that this injunction will not be executed on this Territory,” Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton said in a statement.

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A person is arrested for blocking the Port of Vancouver at Clark Drive and East Hastings Street on Tuesday. The blockade came together in support of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs on Monday. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

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Police stand in a line at a CN Rail blockade near New Hazelton on Monday night. The northwestern railway runs through the territory of Gitx'san Nation, members of which were at the blockade. (Dinize Ste ohn tsiy (Rob)/Twitter)


Mounties said its officers later noted that "four patrol cars parked across from the highway had their tires slashed." Officers are investigating the damage.

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BREAKING NEWS: New from Lennoxville, Quebec

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Power Play Faceoff: Debating the LNG pipeline through Wet'suwet'en land

As blockades sprout up across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who oppose a planned natural gas pipeline in British Columbia, cross-country tensions are boiling over.

CTV Power Play invited Mi’kmaq lawyer, professor and activist Pamela Palmater and B.C. Liberal MLA and former Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation Ellis Ross on the show to hash out the issue in a heated debate.


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epaulo13 wrote:

re: pipeline

..asked and answered paladin. i'll not engage with you on this topic any more.


I just went through the last 60 posts. You absolutely did not explain how natural gas pipelines threaten our water in Canada.

But you're not engaging anymore so I guess thats that.

..this was your question. sorry that you had to go through that.

The people of Wet'Suwet'En want a pipeline. Shouldn't the hereditary chiefs listen "to the people"?  That's what a democracy is.


Sorry for the miscommunication. I meant about gas pipelines hurting the water. I'm of the opinion half if not most of the protestors know very little about the issues, like even whats being carried in the pipelines or where Wet'Suwet'En territory is.

I'm going to read the links Krop kindly provided and get a better informed opinion on the dangers to the water system.

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The #Mohawks have strengthened their barricade at #Kahnawake following the obtaining of an injunction by Canadian Pacific Railway. #WetsuwetenSolidarity


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..my bold

Far Right Vigilantes Attack Land Defenders and Organized Workers

“Rule of Law” and Class Violence

Fascism is bare knuckle capitalism. A key element of fascist mobilizations is a fighting street force. Vigilantes ready and willing to attacked organized members of the working class, exploited, and oppressed. With fascism on the rise across many of the so-called Western liberal democracies, including Canada, we can see horrible manifestations of far Right vigilantism. And we can see how it is legitimated by mainstream conservatives, including elected members of governments. The street fighting groups are key parts of fascists terror to break resistance of the exploited and oppressed. And they operate with the approval of the formal parliamentary party wings.

In the Canadian context we can see troubling manifestations of this far Right vigilantism moving specifically and openly to break the crucial struggles of the current moment – the Wet’suwet’en land defense, and solidarity actions, asserting Wet’suwet’en sovereignty against an invasion by RCMP in the service of the Coastal GasLink pipeline and the Unifor pickets of the Coop Refinery in Regina by locked out workers and supporters. These mobilizations now face a dual threat of formal state repression and criminalization by police (as politicians increasingly use terms like “illegal” to describe them) and informal vigilante violence, specifically by far Right and neofascist elements.

According to Barbara Perry, Criminology professor and hate crime researcher at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, there are, at minimum, 130 active far Right extremist groups operating across Canada. Perry reports that this represents a 30 per cent increase from 2015. It becomes even more crucial for broader solidarity efforts to coalesce to defend these struggles against state and extra-state violence.

Far Right Vigilante Attacks

On Wednesday, February 19, 2020, far Right vigilantes set upon and tore down a blockade set up outside Edmonton by Indigenous people acting in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders. At Edmonton, RCMP, who they and politicians say are sent to the blockades as matters of “public safety,” notably stood by while the far Rightists confronted the solidarity blockaders and took down the blockades. It is important to point out, in the context of rule of law narratives, that no injunction had been served against the blockaders at the time the far right vigilantes assailed the blockade. They were not breaking the law.

Those who put out calls to dismantle blockades and those who showed up claimed openly to be involved with far Right groups including the Yellow Vests Canada (YVC) and wexit (western Canada exit movement), and involved people who were part of the United We Roll (UWR) mobilization on Parliament Hill last year. These are groups that have been identified as far Right, extremist hate groups and have been associated with neofascism in Canada....

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..more from the above piece


The Violent Underside of “Rule of law”

It is telling how quickly and easily “rule of law” politicians slip into cheerleaders for vigilante aggression by far Rightists. Conservative Party leadership candidate Peter MacKay, who had earlier made statements using rule of law assertions to condemn Wet’suwet’en and defenders and allies acting against the CoastalGaslink pipeline and RCMP occupation of Wet’suwete’en territory, quickly took to social media to cheer on the far right vigilante assault on the Cuzzins for Wet’suwet’en blockade. In a since deleted tweet he shouted out almost gleeful support for vigilante violence: “Glad to see a couple Albertans with a pickup truck can do more for our economy in an afternoon than Justin Trudeau could do in four years.” MacKay, it might be remembered served as Canada’s Justice Minister and Attorney General under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Erin O’Toole, Conservative MP for Durham and announced candidate for leadership of the Conservative Party, asserted publicly that he would criminalize any act of blocking critical infrastructure, including railways. He would also give police the power to clear protesters without any injunction.

Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer used Twitter to amp up the rhetoric against peaceful land defenders, saying: “Albertans will not be economic hostages to law-breaking extremists.” Again, it must be stressed that the Cuzzins for Wet’suwet’en had broken no laws.

Marilyn Gladu, MP for Sarnia–Lambton, ramped things further by saying in an interview that the federal government should deploy the military to enforce court injunctions against land defenders if “the RCMP can’t handle it.”

All of this came a week after Andrew Scheer had arrogantly told Indigenous land defenders to “check their privilege” and attempted to draw a distinction with “Canadians” who did not “have the luxury of spending days at a time at a blockade.” There were clear class and racist subtexts in that message, which were noted even by other politicians.

Of note, too, the far Right vigilantes view (or justify) their aggressions as being motivated by upholding the rule of law – in a context where the authorities simply lack the conviction to act. In a Huffington Post interview, Stéphane Leman-Langlois, co-director of the Observatory on Radicalization and Violent Extremism, noted: “These people think the state is too weak, too soft, and needs help imposing law and order. It is a classic discourse of the far-right.”

And the far Rightists are using it to mobilize.


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


"...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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Whether or not the present upsurge is contained, the wave of Wet'suwet'en solidarity in the last short while has cast its shadow of the period ahead. The extractivist drive to crush Indigenous rights, while shattering any hopes of dealing with the climate crisis, is going to intensify. For Canadian capitalism, it is a profit driven strategic imperative.

A struggle has emerged over the last weeks that has taken to heart the lessons to be learned from the power of economic disruption. A movement that is large enough, strong enough and creative enough can put that weapon to use on scale that their injunctions can't effect and their cops can't contain. This is just the opening round in that fight.


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..my my the powers that be are getting desperate. 

Quebec premier alleges assault weapons behind barricade while Mohawk officials call it peaceful

Quebec Premier François Legault said on Wednesday he has learned from “good sources” about the presence of dangerous assault rifles in Kahnawake as the railway blockade continues.

“We have information that confirms that there are AK-47s for example,” he alleged. “Very dangerous guns.”

Legault told reporters in Quebec City that provincial police are being cautious about enforcing an injunction to dismantle the blockade for that reason. He described it as a “situation that is not easy.”

“There are people who are armed and it’s delicate,” he said.


While Legault has said he’s worried about the presence of weapons, members of the community south of Montreal have described the resistance as peaceful and called for discussions.

Kenneth Deer, secretary of the Mohawk Nation in Kahnawake, said earlier in the day he hopes that the Canadian Pacific Railway will withdraw its injunction to dismantle barricades. He said people do not want to see the ruling enforced.

“I wouldn’t want to see this escalate,” he said.


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A struggle has emerged over the last weeks that has taken to heart the lessons to be learned from the power of economic disruption. A movement that is large enough, strong enough and creative enough can put that weapon to use on scale that their injunctions can't effect and their cops can't contain. This is just the opening round in that fight.

I have been involved with the union fight back movement all my adult life. We have taken to the streets and as soon as the economy was severely affected the union leadership ran with its tail between its legs. The big unions have buildings and other assets that can be seized. Injunctions come with escalating fines aimed at the union even if the actions are being done by wildcatters. The people now running the BC government fully expected that they could control the situation with injunctions however injunctions are meaningless against a river of people who have no organization let alone bricks and mortar to lose. We are seeing anarchy in motion and its a beautiful sight. No central control needed, people all over the country are standing up in individual acts of resistance.

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Statement on the Arrest of Documentary Filmmaker Melissa Cox

We are outraged by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) decision to arrest our long-time colleague, journalist and filmmaker Melissa Cox, on the evening of February 24th 2020, at New Hazelton on unceded Gitxsan territory.

Ms. Cox has been documenting Wet’suwet’en land defenders’ efforts to resist Coastal GasLink’s pipeline project for nearly two months, filming for a documentary by the working title YINT’AH of which we are the producers, and filing video reports with other media outlets.

On February 24th, she was filming as Gitxsan hereditary chiefs and supporters blocked the tracks at New Hazelton in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en and the Mohawks of Tyendinaga. She was wearing a press credential from the National Press Photographers Association.

Ms. Cox had just filmed as the RCMP arrested Gitxsan hereditary Chief Spookw. In spite of the fact that she was clearly marked press, RCMP officers chose to arrest her, thus making it impossible for her to carry out her work documenting and bearing witness to the events underway.

Moreover, RCMP used an undue amount of force, twisting Ms. Cox’s left arm in a painful manner as multiple officers pried her camera out of her other hand, which ripped her headphones off. They tossed her camera on the ground, and later appeared to be manipulating the camera and pressing various buttons. A legal observer asked repeatedly if she could pick up the camera to protect it, requests ignored by the RCMP.

RCMP cuffed Ms. Cox with her hands behind her back which aggravated a pre-existing injury in her left shoulder. She repeatedly stated that her injury was being aggravated and requested that they change the position of the cuffs, which they refused to do as they read her rights and searched her. By this point, she was in tears from the pain.

Having been arrested herself, Ms. Cox was unable to document the arrest of 71 year-old Head House Chief and Matriarch Gwininitxw (Yvonne Lattie), and other arrests made subsequently by the RCMP.

Ms. Cox was held by the RCMP approximately 7 hours and released on restrictive conditions including that she “keep 10 meters off any CN property or work-site.” Abiding by that condition would restrict her ability to cover further rail blockades. Moreover, she is required to appear in court on April 24th, 2020 to face further prosecution.....

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..trailer to a melissa cox work


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Wet’suwet’en solidarity: “This movement wouldn’t exist without everything that preceded it”

In order to deepen our reflection on these events, and put them into recent historical context, I interviewed Gord Hill. He’s a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation, an artist, the author of the 500 Years of Resistance comic book and the Antifa comic book, as well as the editor of Warrior Publications.


Dawn Marie Paley: You’ve been following all kinds of struggles in Canada in the US for more than 20 years now… Do you think what’s happening now, since February, with #ShutDownCanada is new, or have you seen these kind of actions before?

Gord Hill: In some ways its new because it hasn’t happened for quite a while, and there’s a new generation of kids and young people getting involved, it’s kind of like the product of several years of these kinds of mobilizations that have been happening in Canada. Idle No More is one that comes to mind, where you had thousands of Native people rallying in the streets and whatnot. There’s a timeline to it that creates the situation today.

But I think if you look back, during Oka, in 1990, there was pretty widespread solidarity actions across the country that included a lot of highway blockades and train blockades. It’s not without precedent. But there’s some differences I find today with this Wet’suwet’en solidarity movement. Its pretty widespread, its a widespread national action but it’s spontaneous, and it just seems like it is kind of unprecedented, certainly for the scale and the time that this has happened within. Oka was a 77 day standoff. So that’s like almost two and a half months. But this has been fairly quickly developing.

Another thing that informs this is the Unist’ot’en because they have done years of organizing and a lot of networking, they’ve travelled back and forth across the country, they’ve created this large network and I think that’s a big part of why this response is really widespread.

And then the train blockade thing as a particular tactic, I think is also unprecedented, even though its a common tactic used by Native people, but to see it on such a large scale, its like this poplar direct action tactic now, and once it started with Tyendinaga on February 6th I think it just kept building and they were like the anchor that established this, cause they’ve been doing it for years there too, but its like this anchor that established and then it just became easier and easier for people to step up and do these train blockades. There must have been over two dozen train blockades over the last few weeks.....

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RCMP Pensions Are Invested in Controversial Gas Pipeline Owner

The board that oversees RCMP pension funds has invested in the owner of the Coastal GasLink pipeline—and experts say it is a conflict of interest in light of the Canada-wide standoffs between police and pipeline opponents.

Montreal-based Public Sector Pension Investment Board is a crown corporation that manages billions of dollars in retirement pension fund investments for the RCMP, the Canadian Forces, the Reserve Force, and the federal public service.

The $12.1 billion RCMP pension account is invested in a range of industries, including 4.5 percent in the global natural resource industry. Each year, PSP Investments receives millions more in transfers from the Canadian government toward pension accounts, with the goal of increasing that amount through investments.

Earlier this month, PSP Investments reported ownership of CAD $106,899,441 worth of shares in TC Energy, also known as TransCanada Corporation—owner of the controversial CGL natural gas pipeline....

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Unpacking the Coastal GasLink injunction and its omissions

Can a company sue for financial damages, if that company’s operations depend on theft of land?

You may think this question would arise in the dispute over the Coastal GasLink pipeline through Wet’suwet’en Yinta (territory). But the pipeline company effectively avoided the question of stolen land altogether as a judge considered the matter then sided with the company, granting them injunctions in December 2018 and December 2019. These injunctions gave the RCMP the go-ahead to raid the territory and drag Wet’suwet’en people off their own land, to ensure construction of the pipeline would not be further delayed. 

How did this happen? What is the process for getting injunctions, and what rationale did the judge use to grant them?

The origin of the injunctions: a CGL lawsuit seeking financial damages

The Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline, as proposed, is a critical component of the largest liquid natural gas (LNG) project in Canadian history. The pipeline would connect fracked gas extraction operations in northeastern B.C. and possibly Alberta to a to-be-constructed shipping terminal on the Pacific Coast near Kitimat, for export. 

Investors in the pipeline, which together act through the company LNG Canada, announced their intention to move forward with the project on October 1, 2018, and pre-construction activities – like setting up work camps – and construction activities began in January 2019, according to CGL


When LNG Canada decided to go ahead with the pipeline project in fall 2018, with Coastal GasLink doing the construction, the actions of the Unist’ot’en camp were no secret. And CGL, which had consulted with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs starting in 2012 and sought their agreement, had been aware since 2014 that the chiefs did not consent to the project, as per decisions made at the Baht’lats (Feast Hall), the forum of Wet’suwet’en governance.

Still, financial backer LNG Canada greenlit the project on October 1, 2018, and CGL filed a civil lawsuit soon after on November 23, 2018, suing two land defenders – Freda Huson and Warner Naziel – for financial damages and seeking an injunction so construction would not be delayed. Naziel holds the hereditary titles Toghestiy and Smogelgem. The lawsuit also applies generally to anyone interfering with construction.

The Yellowhead Institute, an Indigenous think tank, thoroughly analyzed CGL’s injunction application. “They did not name Unist’ot’en or Dark House or any of the other Wet’suwet’en house groups or clans that oppose the pipeline and whose territory is crossed by CGL’s pipeline. [...] By naming Freda and Smogelgem as individuals, CGL identifies them to the court as blockaders. They are represented as individuals whose actions are taken in opposition to an industrial project rather than as people protecting their Yintah, or territory.” The authors of the analysis point out 20 more parts of the application, “highlighting the specific strategies used to weaponize Canadian law over Indigenous law and rights, as well as the resulting financial and time disadvantage forced upon Indigenous communities defending their territories.”

A tale of two injunctions

There have been two main injunction requests considered in B.C. court. They resulted in an interim injunction in December 2018, and an interlocutory injunction in December 2019. 

It is worth noting that these injunction requests are not the full trial. The trial for the civil lawsuit CGL filed against Huson and Smogelgem has not been scheduled. At a trial, more substantive questions can be brought up, debated, and decided. Injunctions are meant to be temporary, lasting only until a trial can decide the issue in question. (The exception to this is when a permanent injunction is granted at a trial.) Pre-trial injunction requests are considered at a “chambers proceeding,” which is a “document-driven process” that is much more limited than a trial, Michael Lee Ross tells Briarpatch. Ross is one of the lawyers who represented the defendants against CGL. The chambers proceeding to decide on the injunction includes minimal oral debate, no witnesses speaking, and no cross-examinations, relying instead on written affidavits.....


OPP Gave Intelligence, Identities of Tyendinaga Mohawks to CN Rail Without Legal Challenge


"One expert says the collaboration between police and industry points to a troubling relationship that prioritizes Canada's economic interests over human rights."

Canadian corporate 'friendly fascism' in action.

#Tyendinaga  #ShutDownCanada  #NoJusticeNoPeace  #thetimeisnow

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Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7 PM – 11:30 PM

The Great Hall Toronto

1087 Queen Street West


"effective remedy" is the crucial clause in the International Covenant on Civil and Political matters, for which Canada is a signatory. Is effective remedy being denied in the BC courts for not deliberating on the injunction to explore the broaser issues?

Can a hereditary chief bring this matter to the UN Human Rights Commission, an agency of the General Assembly for consideration?

With a response that would necessarily be introduced to the UN General Assembly!

Would there be a country prepared to move some resolution before the General Assembly?

International action can be an effective tool to seriously damage the reputation of Canada not to mention its continuing international efforts to violate the rights of alternative forms of non neo liberal governments...and must be considered!

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Wet'suwet'en solidarity protesters march through streets of Montreal

Hundreds of demonstrators clogged downtown Montreal streets during rush hour Tuesday to show their solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposing a pipeline project through their territory in northern B.C. — and their opposition to the federal government's handling of blockades across the country.

The peaceful protest brought traffic to a standstill as demonstrators held signs, beat drums and chanted their support for the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and those who have blockaded rail lines across Quebec and the rest of Canada in recent weeks.

Riot police were standing by throughout the march, which went on for about two hours, but they did not intervene.


**'Both Governments Have Walked Away': Chief Na'moks** (and vid)


"Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chief Na'moks says governments cancelled meetings with the hereditary chiefs at around 4:30 PM today. 'We would not ask other nations/allies to 'step-down', so both governments have walked away,'  he said."

The struggle should now broaden out, deepen and escalate to include more Indigenous sovereignty assertions and actions with more re-occupation of traditional territories, until the settler governments understand that Indigenous and popular resistance  means business, and entering talks with one does not entitle you to demand all other unified sovereignty defence initiatives stand down. Increase the pressure for honourable nation to nation negotiations over too long ignored outstanding issues. More stick less carrot.

#WetsuwetenStrong  #Mohawk  #Tyendinaga  #Gitxsan   #Haudenosaunee  #Secwepemc  #SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem  #NoJusticeNoPeace  #ShutDown Canada  #StopThatTrain  #thetimeisnow  #ShutThisShitDown  #AllRise


BC & Canada Abruptly Cancel Talks With Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs


"Discussions fell apart when we said we will not tell other Nations what to do on their territories. 'We thank our supporters for their tireless dedication and respectfully ask for their continued support. In accordance to our Inuk Nu'at'en (our laws) the Wet'suwet'en cannot speak on other nations' behalf."

So Justin made talks conditional upon the Wet'suwet'en Chiefs quelling all national solidarity and resistance operations undertaken across the land. Then walked away when Wet'suwet'en wouldn't/couldn't deliver. These are Justin Trudeau and John Horgan's 'honourable nation-to-nation' negotiations?! Do the mind-games and power-trips never end? INCREASE PRESSURE !

Dear Justin, looks like you fucked things up again...


#WetsuwetenStrong  #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #JustinLies  #ShutDownCanada  #Mohawks  #Tyendinaga  #ThePeoplesUnitedCanNeverBeDefeated  #NoJusticeNoPeace  #thetimeisnow  #landback

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'We're Going On Our 26th Year Boil Water Advisory': There's So Much To Blockade About


"3 year old Saranne Sackanee helping her mom get water from the reverse osmosis system. Shame on Canada for putting us through this..."

#shameoncanada  #reconciliationisdead  #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #landback


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