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

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..short video ctv power play

"An Impact Benefit Agreement cannot be equated with consent" says @Pam_Palmater on the conflict in B.C. "having no choice, is not consent." #ctvpp #cdnpoli

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce To Ottawa: 'End the Ongoing Rail Disruptions!'

https://twitter.com/dimitrilascaris/status/1227683636440334339

"There's a simple way for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to end the rail blockade: it should convince the large extractive corporations who dominate the organization to stop abusing Indigenous rights."

 

'There is a Total Disconnect' With Erin O Tool MP (and vid)

https://twitter.com/PnPCBC/1227373120996225024

"There is a total disconnect with some people who feel that they can take positions to a stage of actual stopping people from working, stopping court orders, said Erin O Tool MP about anti-pipeline protests. 'I don't think the Trudeau government has any plan to deal with it."*

*Nonsense Erin, of course he does: Refuse all requests for meetings with the Wet'suwet'en Chiefs, then fly off to the nice, warm Caribbean with a big bag of Canucklebucks to buy UNSC votes. Let Deputy Chrystia handle it. See? Easy-peasy!

#ShutDownErinOTooleMP    #ShutDownCanada  #WhereIsTrudeau #NoUNSCforCanada

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Breaking:  Deputy PM 'Chrystia Freeland blocked at both doors from entering city hall until she addresses the war and occupation of Wetsuweten territory..."

https://twitter.com/sakura1979/status/1227692232205066241

"Chrystia Freeland recommends PM Trudeau use Grandpa Chomiak's* methods for removing Indigenous landholders opposed to oil pipeline projects in Western Canada..."

https://twitter.com/bears_with/status/1227501447295598592

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/01/24/cons-j24.html

    https://twitter.com/yashalevine/status/1226915050239098883

Given JT has gone AWOL to the Caribbean, and given Freeland is the Deputy Prime Minister AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS MINISTER, instead of hiding, should she not be talking nation-to-nation to the Wetsuweten hereditary chiefs as they have repeatedly asked Ottawa to do?  Chrystia Freeland do your job and start /intergovernmentaling' with the Wetsuweten! Or is more Colonialist police suppression the preferred solution here?

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#wetsuwetenstrong  #ShutDownCanada  #WhereIsJustin

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Trudeau Says Protesters Must Respect Rule of Law, Encourages 'Dialogue' Between Parties

[Yet violates UNDRIP, Delgamuukw, and refuses to meet/'dialogue' with Wetsuweten!!]

https://aptnnews.ca/2020/02/12/trudeau-says-protesters-must-respect-rule...

 

"...Obviously, it's extremely important to respect the right to freely demonstrate peacefully, but we need to make sure that the laws are respected and that's why I'm going to be engaging with my ministers and looking at what possible next steps there are.' The Prime Minister was in Senegal as part of an effort to secure African votes for a seat on the UN Security Council.

'I bring up human rights everywhere I go, every time I have an opportunity to speak with leaders or talk about Canadian values or Canadian approaches to the world,' Trudeau said. 'In our conversations of course I talk about human rights. We recognize there is always more work to do everwhere around the world..."

Justin ('Handsome Harper') Trudeau talks 'human-rights and dialogue' shit and lies again.

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Putting the RCMP raid on the Wet’suwet’en in historical perspective

The recent RCMP raids of Wet’suwet’en land defenders in northwestern British Columbia have left many Canadians shocked and angered. The RCMP are justifying their operation as an enforcement of a B.C. Supreme Court injunction to clear resettlement camps and allow Coastal GasLink to carry on building a natural gas pipeline.

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have countered that their lands remain unceded, a fact reinforced by the Supreme Court of Canada’s 1997 Delgamuukw decision. The chiefs argue that the laws they uphold predate and override Canadian laws, including injunctions, in their territory.

Yet B.C., facing pressure from the energy company, has instructed the RCMP to enforce the injunction anyway.

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History, however, proves otherwise. Far from a one-off event, the RCMP’s operation in Wet’suwet’en territory is part of an ongoing pattern of police and military units being used by governments in Canada to suppress Indigenous resistance and clear the way for continued capitalist accumulation by colonial dispossession.

As Canadians, we need to understand the RCMP’s role as a colonial paramilitary force in historical context. Canada’s first prime minister, John A. Macdonald, created the RCMP’s predecessor, the North-West Mounted Police, in 1873 to extend Canada’s colonial control of Indigenous territories in what would become Western Canada.

Inspired by similar colonial police forces in the British Empire, and in the wake of the Cypress Hills Massacre (the mass murder of Assiniboine peoples by American whisky traders on June 1, 1873), Macdonald tasked the NWMP with containing Indigenous resistance on the prairies and guarding against the possibility of American annexation of the region.

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In recent decades, Canadian military and police forces have continued to play a central role in suppressing Indigenous resistance. In 1990, during the Oka conflict, Mohawks at Kanehsatà:ke endured a 78-day siege by La Sûreté du Québec and the Canadian military for opposing the expansion of a nine-hole golf course on unceded Kanien’kéha:ka territory.

Later that year, the RCMP forcibly arrested Lil’wat land defenders blocking Duffey Lake Road to protest clear-cut logging on their territory.

In 1995, the OPP shot and killed Dudley George during the Ipperwash Crisis and they carried out a 31-day siege of Secwepemc territory and arrested numerous Ts’peten land defenders during the Gustafsen Lake Standoff in B.C.

In 2013, the RCMP arrested more than 40 members of the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick for blocking a road to resist shale-gas and fracking activity on their territory.

In January 2019, the RCMP invaded Wet’suwet’en territory and arrested land defenders at the Unist’ot’en camp, just as they did on Monday.

Despite Canada’s promises to strengthen its “Nation-to-Nation” relationship with Indigenous peoples, the events in Wet’suwet’en territory confirm that Canada remains committed to its “might is right” approach.

History shows us that this is a losing strategy. Meaningful reconciliation will require Canada to switch tactics, trading armed police and military invasions for negotiation and diplomacy.

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Nelson: Wall Street Invading Wet'suwet'en Territory

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/02/12/wall-street-invading-wetsuweten-...

"So KKR not only has a primary position in the mainstream natural gas industry of Western Canada, it also has scandalously partnered with a company well-versed in stopping Indigenous protests. Perhaps not surprisingly, KKR Global Institute's Chair is David Petraeus, the former Director of the CIA,  who has wholeheartedly endorsed fracking. In terms of the climate emergency, methane ['natural gas'] is dozens of times more polluting than C02.

Wall Street's KKR private equity titan appears to be packed with some very well-paid liars, who croon about 'doing well by doing good' while invading Wet'suwet'en territory with their Coastal GasLink project and watching while the RCMP carry out the arrests. It's time the focus be placed on them."

All Out Resistance Against Canada's Corporate Colonialism and Climate Destruction! - Defend Indigenous Sovereignty! Demand Nation-To-Nation Trudeau Talks!  #WetsuwetenStrong             

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..from an email

This could be the biggest climate challenge in Canadian judicial history.

Today, two Wet’suwet’en Houses, through their Hereditary Chiefs, have launched another sweeping legal challenge to accompany last week’s judicial review of the Coastal Gas Link project. This new case puts forward the argument that Canada has a constitutional duty to protect its citizens from climate catastrophe, and draws a line against reckless fossil fuel developments that will push us past the tipping point. 

With this novel approach, Wet’suwet’en Likhts’amishyu (Fireweed) Clan’s case invokes Constitutional provisions about “peace, order and good government” as well as the equality rights of Wet’suwet’en young people and future generations under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The case specifically names Coastal Gas Link and Pacific Trails fracked gas pipelines along with LNG export facilities in Kitimat as particularly high-emitting fossil fuel projects that are likely to breach Canada’s (already inadequate) emissions targets. In the name of future generations, the legal challenge argues that Canada’s failure to do its fair share to avert a climate catastrophe would breach the equal protection of the law guaranteed by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

We’re honoured to be reaching out to you on behalf of Wet’suwet’en leadership to invite your support for this historic case.

Rikardo

Won't this natural gas, going to China, help them burn less coal and emit less CO2?. But, the World does not need the oil from the new Fronteer mine in Albert

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Lawyers Rights Watch (LRW): Canada and BC Violate UN 'Injunction' While Lawful Protesters Arrested and Threatened With Armed Force

https://www.lrwc.org/canada-and-bc-violate-un-injunction/

12 February 2020: While peaceful protesters are arrested from coast to coast, Canada's Minister of Transport Marc Garneau calls the blockades in support of Wet'suwet'en land rights defenders 'illegal' citing the Railway Safety Act. He fails to mention that actions of the governments of Canada and British Columbia and the use and threatened use of force by the RCMP are themselves in violation of Canada's binding international law obligations and therefore 'illegal'. 

The protesters, on the other hand, are exercising their legal rights to peacefully and strongly object to serious violations of the rights of the Wet'suwet'en. On 13, December, 2019, a UN treaty-monitoring body called on Canada to 'halt construction...of the Coastal GasLink pipeline in the traditional and unceded lands of the Wet'suwet'en people..."

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Stand down RCMP, CGL on Wetsuweten territory. Schedule respectful nation-to-nation talks between Ottawa and  Wetsuweten. Talk. Negotiate. Stop using force against internationally protected Indigenous peoples.

#WetsuwetenStrong

voice of the damned

Rikardo wrote:

Won't this natural gas, going to China, help them burn less coal and emit less CO2?. But, the World does not need the oil from the new Fronteer mine in Albert

Well, perhaps, but I believe the main objection to CoastalGas is that it's going over Wet'suwet'en land, and they don't want it there. So they would be the ones to make your argument to.

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National Farmers Union in Solidarity with Wet’suwe’ten land defenders

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Disturbed by the “forced removal, disproportionate use of force, harassment and intimidation” and “escalating threat of violence” against Indigenous peoples who oppose the pipeline, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in January, 2020 called for the immediate suspension of work on the Coastal GasLink pipeline until free, prior and informed consent is obtained from Indigenous peoples.

The Wet’suwe’ten have not given free, prior and informed consent to the construction of a pipeline through their lands.

The decisions directing the RCMP to enter Wet’suwe’ten territory and remove its defenders using force, and denying journalists access to witness their actions are condemned by Canadians from coast to coast to coast. In accordance with UNDRIP and our ongoing commitment to act in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples, we must inform ourselves and deepen our understanding of Indigenous sovereignty. We therefore denounce the repression of peaceful protesters, including Indigenous land protectors, and express our support for the rights of people to engage in acts of civil disobedienc e in defence of the preservation of water, air, land and wildlife for future generations.

We urge the governments of Canada and BC to uphold our commitment to the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and respect Wet’suwet’en Law by withdrawing the RCMP from Wet’suwet’en Nation and cancelling Coastal GasLink’s permits.

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Street mural in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 12 PM – 3 PM 

800 Smithe St, Vancouver, BC

Hosted by Greenpeace Vancouver Local Group and Idle No More

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CN Rail Blockade by Diamond Manitoba. RCMP, CN Police and media were all on scene.

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Monday, February 17, 2020 at 2 PM

Christie Pits Park

Toronto, Ontario

Hosted by Families for Wet’suwet’en

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Two Row Teachings on the Track

TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY – At 10:00am on Tuesday, February 11th, three OPP liaison officers and a sheriff approached the rail shutdown on Wymans Rd. Kanenhariyo greeted the Crown agents with a Two Row wampum belt and a Silver Covenant Chain wampum belt, placed on a table on the tracks. These beaded belts symbolize treaties and agreements negotiated by the Mohawks and the Crown.

The Tyendinaga rail shutdown is now in it’s sixth day, since the pre-dawn raids on February 6th began the RCMP invasion of Wet’suwet’en territory. The Mohawks at the blockade say they will not allow any trains through their lands until the RCMP leave Wet’suwet’en territory. “We have heartfelt feelings for those people in Wet’suwet’en territory because what’s being done to them has been done to us right here.”  

Addressing the Crown agents, Kanenhariyo said, “You should be ashamed of what the RCMP are doing, of what your Prime Minister is doing, they are committing crimes against our people. What else are we supposed to do [other than stop the trains]? You people have far more power than we do but all you do is sit there and cry.”

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Before moving on to the other belt on the table, Kanenhariyo wanted to make sure that everyone understood each other and how they relate to one another. “Our people understand that you are subjects of your Queen, and you are British subjects that have colonized. No matter what you say this is how we will understand our relationship because our relationship is with your Queen.”

“We have a relationship with your Sovereign,” Kanenhariyo explained, “a direct one, and the last time she was here in 2010, she came and re-affirmed that relationship with us. She brought these medals and inscribed on them she described our 500 year relationship.” He went on to say that the two links of the Silver Covenant Chain symbolize the British and the Mohawk peoples, the centre link representing their joint relationship with one another. If the silver were ever to become tarnished, either side could pull on the chain to bring the two sides back together so they could together polish the chain, thus addressing the issues that had led to the “tarnishing” of the relationship between them.

Proper process and protocol was not followed when the train tracks were originally put in. Kanenhariyo spoke of how the original Territory was marked out 5 miles deep along the shores of Lake Ontario. Later, white settlers who said they were afraid of crossing Mohawk Territory through the woods had a road put through. Then they sold plots of land along that road which would become Highway 2. The Mohawks never gave permission for any of this and have always resisted it.

The Mohawks have no desire for violence but they are concerned the OPP do not understand the stakes. “You need to send the proper people here with the proper sensitivity to understand what is occurring here and how the people feel about this place,” Kanenhariyo said. “I believe that we have a way that we can find an alternative to blood in the snow.”

The OPP offered a gift of maple syrup which Kanenhariyo declined to accept. “I don’t know that we’re in the position to receive gifts right now, you did just kind of threaten us.” He also pointed out that it was against protocol for the OPP to bring weapons to such a discussion and asked that in the future that they leave their guns behind. Despite this request the same liaison officers returned armed the next day.

“These aren’t trinkets,” Kanenhariyo implored, “this is a political matter.” Placing his hand on the belts he went on to say, “We have an obligation like you do to be bound to one another in a respectful relationship, and you have a responsibility like we do to be peaceful and sit down and polish our chain.” 

The Mohawks believe the OPP are being foolish and do not understand the true nature of their relationship to Canada and the Queen. “You can’t evict us off our lands, you don’t have the right to do that, you don’t have the authority,” Kanenhariyo said.

Kanenhariyo stressed that he is not a spokesperson nor leader despite settler societies propensity to fit everything into a hierarchy, “We are all one, there is not one above the other.”

When given the opportunity to respond, the OPP said, “We are very appreciative of the teaching today.” They agreed that the chain needed to be polished. The OPP said, “You have made your point, I think a lot of people have heard you.” The point of the blockade is not to be heard, it is not a protest or demonstration. The purpose is to disrupt Canada’s economy and free the Wet’suwet’en from oppression. The OPP Sgt. went on to say “We would like to go home and I am sure you would like to go home to your families,” to which a Mohawk woman immediately replied, “We are home, you’re on our front lawn, and you need to go home please.”

The OPP began walking away as Kanenhariyo began the closing of the Thanksgiving Address. They stopped and turned around, but continued walking away rather than listen to the rest of Address, demonstrating their ignorance of Protocol and of the fact that meetings need to be properly closed after being opened.

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Sun sets on Day 2 of the Tyendinaga Rail Blockade

Supplies and signs at the Tyendinaga Rail Blockade on Day 3

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Interview with Mohawk Lawyer Stephen Ford at the Tracks - Feb 12, 2020 (and vid)

https://twitter.com/RussDiabo/status/1227958103309799425

"Peaceful resistance is the way to go. That's what I see here..."

 

"The current Canada-wide protests are a reflection of the abolute FAILURE of Canada to respect the sovereignty of Indigenous People, of playing poverty politics, of thinking a signature on a page equals consent of people, and lastly, failure to protect the environment."

#ShutCanadaDown  #WhereIsJustin  #Wetsuwetenstrong

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BC's NDP Premier John Horgan: 'Indigenous Groups in Ontario Haven't Got A Clue' (and vid)

https://twitter.com/WordsandGuitar/status/1227988248519225344

"Mohawks have no idea how complex Indigenous governance issues are? We have one of the oldest governance systems in the world. Our Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council inspired American democracy. Then RCMP forced a band council onto Six Nations at gunpoint in 1924. WE KNOW."

 

Past NDP Statements May Have Laid Foundations For Pipeline Protests

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-past-ndp-state...

"The BC New Democrats cannot have been happy that the pipeline protest arrived at the front step of the legislature in time to draw attention away from Tuesday's speech from the throne. Still, there was an element of justice in the NDP being confronted with the controversy as they were preparing to lay out their 2020 legislative agenda. For the arguments being made by the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs opposed to the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline are similar to arguments the New Democrats made before they got into government..."

Sound familiar? Just another forked-tongue bc no-difference-party corporate colonialist administration promising reconciliation but delivering 'wreck-'n-sell-yer-nation' by RCMP 'rule of law' force if necessary.

Silence is Complicity - Defend Indigenous Sovereignty - De-Colonize Canada Now!

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New Fascist Tactics: Pay Attention This Isn't A Game

https://twitter.com/MTimmiaq/status/1228018283074338817

"Hearing reports of Prince Rupert RCMP going to people's places of work and showing Wetsuweten supporters' employers screen-shots of their social media pages. This is intimidation and must be called out."

 

Project Sitka Report

https://warriorpublications.files.wordpress.com/2016/11/project-sitka-re...

"...The events most attended by identified individuals...are those opposing natural resource development, particularly pipeline and shale gas expansion. Some of these individuals advocate unlawful and at times violent protest tactics and techniques, yet there is no known evidence that these individuals pose a direct threat to critical infrastructure..."

 

Movement Defense Legal Information For Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Actions

https://twitter.com/Gidimten/status/1228027307757056002

Critical legal information and tactics for activist' protection/defence against police state powers and encounter etc. Please Share.

#WetsuwetenStrong  #ShutDownCanada

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2020-02-13: 'Dear Friend: '72 Hours on the Clock!'

"72 hours to raise $72,000 - it's going to take a lot to get there, but I love a good challenge - and I know the Liberal team is always ready to step up to the plate. With the support of Canadians like you, it's incredible to think about all the progress we're making. Justin Trudeau and our Liberal government are working to ratify NAFTA, we're taking real action to fight climate change and protect our environment for future generations...This is our opportunity to step up our strong grass-roots fundraising even further to power this movement forward and ensure we can continue to build a better future for all Canadians. There are only 3 days to give it all we've got, and I'm counting on your support."

Stephen Bronfman - Revenue Chair - Liberal Party of Canada <[email protected]>

F**k Trudeau & his Billionaire Liberal Oligarch!  Support #Wetsuwetenstrong instead!

Gidimten Checkpoint

https://twitter.com/Gidimten/status/1204494005553094656

"We have a wish list and a monthly donor program now launched on our website yintahaccess.com  Check it out for ways to support!

#wetsuwetenstrong

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BC NDP AG David Eby's Office is Occupied (and vid)

https://twitter.com/smogelgem/status/1228025526184316929

"David Eby's office is occupied. He is the Minister of the Attorney-General. He had the power to get the police to back down but failed to do so. A UN representative visited him last month and pleaded with him to do exactly that."

(PS: The Women Warriors song, which is sung frequently now, is from the Lil'wat nation, who also struggle for sovereignty and famously blockaded their Mt Curry roadway for the entire duration of the Oka crisis. Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort was illegally built upon their unceded territory.  Honour and respect to them for their long struggle and the legendary courage of a people in resistance.)

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Democracy Now: The Wet'suwet'en Fight Back About New Pipeline Speaks Across Canada WIth Blockades & Occupations

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/2/13/wet_suwet_en_territory_pipeline_o...

"A major anti-pipeline struggle continues in Canada, where protests have broken out across the country in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en land defenders whose sovereign land in northern British Columbia was raided last week and over the weekend by Canadian police..."

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#ShutDownCanada

https://twitter.com/CBCAlerts/status/1228078651692003329

"Via Rail sys it is cancelling all trains across the country. 'Following an advisory from CN that they are ceasing all rail operations across their entire network, Via Rail has no other option but to cancel its services effective immediately until further notice..."

There should be an immediate removal of RCMP/CGL from the illegally occupied Wet'suwet'en territories and scheduling of nation-to-nation talks between the prime minister and hereditary chiefs to resolve the present crisis. Where is Justin?

#WetsuwetenStrong  #WhereIsJustin

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Trudeau is still buying UNSC votes in Africa...

https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/status/1228081634634817543

"...It's why we launched the Elsie Initiative."

 

"You need to come home. You need to find a resolution for the Wetsuweten people's. I promise you things are only going to get more disruptive, we stand with them during this fight."

https://twitter.com/Evnkas/status/1228083850468712448

Indeed he does. Indeed they will. Indeed we do.

#Wetsuwetenstrong  #ShutDownCanada  #WhereIsJustin

 

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Justin Sends Regards...

https://twitter.com/JustinTrudeau/status/1228107590862811136

"Earlier today I spoke with Premier Horgan about the ongoing protests that are disrupting rail service across the country. Read a summary of our call here...

"Prime Minister Trudeau expressed the desire to work together closely toward a resolution as soon as possible. Both governments share a commitment to meeting with Gitxsan Simgyget, Wet'suwet'en Dini Ze and Ts'akeze to engage in an ongoing dialogue."

We'll see. Don't be long. People have trains they want to catch.

#WhereIsJustin

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Palestinians Stand in Solidarity With The Wet'suwet'en Nation

https://www.bdsmovement.net/news/palestinians-stand-solidarity-wetsuwete...

From the occupied Palestinian territory, we stand in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en nation and land defenders at the Unist'ot'en Camp and Gidimt'en who continue to resist Canada's colonial incursions of their unceded territories. The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest coalition in Palestinian civil society that leads the global BDS movement, sends a message of support to your struggle. We call on the Palestine solidarity movement in Turtle Island and elsewhere to stand with the Wet'suwet'en nation.

As Palestinians, we have first hand experience with colonial power, Israel's regime of occupation, colonization and apartheid, that systematically works to dispossess, divide and strip us of our lands and resources. We also know that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) attacks sanctioned by the Trudeau government, against the Hereditary Wet'suwet'en leadership, matriarchs and land defenders, are used to violate Indigenous sovereignty. The RCMP is employing tactics and equipment similar to Israel's government.

From Palestine to Wet'suwet'en, we stand united with you in the struggle against settler colonialism, racism, corporate criminality and your inalienable rights to justice and self-determination..."

 

Justin Trudeau Has Israel's Back

https://youtu.be/OTvO_SeTvrU

Israel/Canada : Settler-States United in Indigenous Genocide

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CTC Power Play: Pamela Palmater (and vid)

https://twitter.com/CTV_PowerPlay/status/1228089423490961408

"Amid rail cancellations, there's going to be pressure on law enforcement to enforce injunctions at the blockades. 'That's not a strategy, that's just a recipe to make everything worse,' said Pam Palmater...We just want Canada to follow the rule of law here!"

The Goon Squad is no longer a viable option. The Canadian people aren't with their governments on that. And there will be serious consequences for any politician or official who initiates such a response.  Nor are we with CGL or TMX pipelines across unceded Indigenous territories in the midst of a planetary climate emergency. We ARE with Indigenous Sovereignty and its long overdue UNDRIP recognition and compliance by Canada. If you wish the trains to run again best try respectful nation-to-nation negotiations for a change.  Otherwise...

  #ShutDownCanadaContinues  #WhereIsJustin  #NoUNSCforCanada

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VIA Rail cancels trains across Canada, CN shuts down Eastern Canada network amid pipeline protests

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CN Rail, which obtained court orders in hopes of ending the blockades, said Thursday it is progressively shutting down its operations in Eastern Canada “until the illegal blockades end.” The company said that also means stopping all transcontinental trains across its Canadian network.

Via Rail, which relies on CN’s tracks, said it had “no other option” than to cancel almost its entire service effective immediately. Only two northern routes – Sudbury-White River and Churchill-The Pas – will remain open.

Passengers with bookings will receive automatic refunds, and the company will not accept any new bookings before Feb. 18.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government is following the situation closely.

“Obviously we’re a country with a rule of law and we need to make sure that those laws are followed,” Trudeau said Thursday after arriving in Germany for the Munich Security Conference.

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The 670-kilometre pipeline crosses the traditional territory of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation near Houston, B.C. So far, RCMP have arrested 28 protesters in B.C.

Similar protests have emerged across Canada with supporters saying they want the RCMP to leave the traditional Wet'suwet'en territory.

CN Rail said it has sought and obtained court orders and requested help from enforcement agencies for the blockades in Ontario, Manitoba and B.C. The company says that, while the blockades have ended in Manitoba and may be “imminently” ending in B.C., the court orders in Ontario “continue to be ignored.”

“With over 400 trains cancelled during the last week and new protests that emerged at strategic locations on our mainline, we have decided that a progressive shutdown of our Eastern Canadian operations is the responsible approach to take for the safety of our employees and the protestors,” CN Rail CEO JJ Ruest said in a statement issued Thursday.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau, who has previously called the blockades "illegal" and said enforcing injunctions against protesters is a provincial responsibility, said Thursday that he is “deeply concerned” by the rail shutdown.

“A safe and efficient passenger and freight rail service is critical to the well-being of our country,” Morneau said in a statement.

“All parties must engage in open and respectful dialogue to ensure this situation is resolved peacefully. We strongly urge these parties to do so.”

Ruest said commuter rail link services such as Metrolinx and Exo can continue operating “so long as they can do so safely.”

CN said its shutdown may lead to temporary layoffs for some employees in eastern Canada.

FEDS REACH OUT TO PROTESTERS

Demonstrators remain camped out at two blockades on a rail line in Belleville, Ont. They say the protests are the only way to get their message across.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller has sent a letter to protest organizers asking them to meet with him Saturday to discuss the situation and dismantle the barricade.

"I hope you will agree to this request and that we can meet in the spirit of peace and co-operation that should guide our relationship,” Miller said in an email posted publicly on Thursday.

One of the letter’s three recipients, Tyendinaga Mohawk Chief Donald Maracle, said he expects the meeting will take place, but he would not commit to ending the demonstration.

Trudeau wrote to the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs on Thursday to confirm that a member of his cabinet will meet with them to discuss the issue. That minister will be Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett.

B.C. Premier John Horgan has said he is also willing to meet with demonstrators.

Pam Palmater, chair of Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, said Via Rail’s decision to halt trains nationwide is “an entirely manufactured crisis.”

“For Via Rail to shut down all railway service across the country is a gross overreaction to the few instances where the rails have been impacted,” she told CTV’s Power Play on Thursday.

“Second of all, genocide is pretty inconvenient for Indigenous peoples. And there has been no avenues, no recourse, there has been no action to end the genocide -- which includes not recognizing land rights, which includes sending in the RCMP to remove us from our land. What else do you expect us to do to try to get some attention?”.....

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Concert de solidarité avec la nation Wet'suwet'en

Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 8:30 PM – 3 AM​

Cabaret Lion d'Or

1676 Ontario Est, Montreal, Quebec

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'Land Defenders' put up new rail blockade near Vancouver

As B.C. and federal leaders scramble to contain growing anti-pipeline protests across the country, a new rail blockade has sprung up on the outskirts of Vancouver.

Hours after CN Rail announced it was shutting down much of its eastern rail networks because of blockades in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, about a dozen supporters in Port Coquitlam blocked part of a rail line.

The move comes just as Gitxsan hereditary chiefs appeared ready to remove a similar blockade on a CN rail line near New Hazleton, B.C., that was set up in reaction to RCMP raids on land defence camps run by their neighbours in Wet’suwet’en traditional territory.

Earlier Thursday, B.C. Premier John Horgan sent a letter to Gitxsan chiefs agreeing to have Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser meet with them in exchange for the New Hazleton blockade coming down.

But that hasn’t changed the resolve of the Port Coquitlam land defenders to keep their newly established blockade in place until police leave Wet’suwet’en territory.

“We won’t stand down until land defenders and hereditary chiefs tell us to,” said Isabel Krupp, one of the land defenders at the Port Coquitlam rail blockade.

“We’re following their leadership, not Horgan’s orders,” she said.

At the Port Coquitlam rail blockade, a member of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s private police force threatened to arrest a reporter on assignment for National Observer.

The officer appeared to suggest repeatedly that protesters were allowed to remain at the site, but that journalists would be at risk of arrest if they stayed on what he described as private property.

“If you’re a protester, then you’re a protester,” the officer said, “but if you’re media, that’s different. You’re not allowed on private property.”......

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Wet'suwet'en supporters blocking rail tracks in Port Coquitlam, BC. Feb 13, 2020. Photography by Jesse Winter

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The powerful example of the Wet’suwet’en resistance

It took longer than it should have, but Canadians are finally paying attention to the struggle at Wet’suwet’en. The hereditary chiefs and supporters first built cabins on their traditional territory in 2010 to try to stop a pipeline from being built across their land but their campaign has grown thanks to effective solidarity actions.

In an era where despair and cynicism about the fate of the planet is widespread, the campaign at Wet’suwet’en has been an important example of what it takes to resist corporate projects that will further pollute the land and air.

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In Halifax, Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was blocked from entering city hall to meet with mayor Mike Savage.

People have occupied banks and have shut down highways. But the highest profile actions right now are happening along rails: supporters have occupied railway tracks in Toronto, at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory on the Toronto-Montreal and Toronto-Ottawa rail corridors, and on the Candiac commuter rail line just outside of Montreal.

These actions are non-violent civil disobedience at their finest: they have caused economic disruption and, importantly, have forced Canadians to pay attention to the fight against Coastal GasLink.

The symbolism of choosing to shut down rail is important. Canada’s railway is entwined with our history of colonialism. Canada’s first major political scandal saw Prime Minister John A. MacDonald forced to resign for having accepted political donations in exchange for the contract that would be the railway.

The railway was the critical link that allowed Canada to flood the west with White settlers while also sending state troops to forcibly confine Indigenous nations to reserves. The railway played a key role in genocide.

And, the CNR was built using effectively slave labour from Chinese workers, as many as 4000 who died as a result extreme and dangerous working conditions.

When Indigenous people block rail lines, they’re targeting the veins of colonial Canada. By stopping the flow of blood, they are forcing Canadians to pay attention.

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That’s why these solidarity actions can’t simply be seen as protests. As Montreal Gazette journalist Christopher Curtis posted on Twitter, “In Kahnawake, the blockade of a commuter rail to Montreal is about solidarity with the #Wetsuweten but also pride in Turtle Island, in sovereignty, in securing a future for Indigenous youth across the country.”

The desire to push through this pipeline project under the guise of economic prosperity is another in a long list of examples where profits are king and the damage that a pipeline will cause to the land and air don’t matter. Our obsession with resource extraction will be our eventual demise. We know that the atmosphere is warming. We know that LNG pipelines leak methane into the atmosphere. We know that pipeline projects destroy forests and waterways. So why are politicians hell-bent on ensuring this project passes?

The LNG market is a trillion-dollar industry whose time may be running out. Large infrastructure projects like pipelines cannot get built without the full support of government, even if that support means sending in militarized state agents to force people off their land.

We need to listen to the Wet’suwet’en traditional leadership. We need to heed their call that this project is folly and needs to be stopped. They’re experts in knowing how to care for the land: they’ve been doing this for time immemorial.

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Anti-pipeline protestors occupy Liberal MP’s Toronto office 

Anti-pipeline protestors have taken over the office of the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Carolyn Bennett in downtown Toronto. A large group of Climate Justice Toronto and Extinction Rebellion protestors have joined them. On their way to Bennett’s office, they chanted “How do you spell racist? RCMP” “Racist Canadian Mounted Pricks” and “You can’t drink oil; leave it in the soil.”

After taking over Bennett’s office, protestors dined on pizza and taped makeshift posters in her window that read, “RCMP back down” and “Carolyn Bennett: Will you arrest Indigenous youth?”

Outside, the protestors chanted “shut it down” in support of those who made it inside. The protest leader declared, “The bravest thing we can do here today is say that Canada is an illegitimate, violent, colonialist state.”

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The protestors vowed to occupy Bennett’s office until the RCMP retreat from Wet’suwet’en territory.

As the evening wore on, the protestors settled in to keep the occupation going until Bennett would meet with them at 10 am on Tuesday morning.

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What will it take to resolve BC Pipeline dispute?

Mizana Gheezhik (Sen. Murray Sinclair)

The rule of law is an important consideration in this dispute. Has Canada complied with its own legal requirements? That’s a question that has largely been ignored in the issuance of injunctions in disputes such as this. Canada’s obligation to resolve this jurisdictional dispute is clear from the case law, but it has failed to do so, mainly because it has declined to negotiate. Injunctions are supposed to be issued only to those “with clean hands” and Canada would likely fail on that point.

The argument that Chiefs and Band Councils along the route, may have signed Benefit Agreements can hardly be said to be proper consent, for I have seen some of them. They do not ask for consent, so much as promise payment for silence. But even if one argues the point, the failure to recognize the traditional law of the Wetsu’wetun is a fatal flaw to that argument. Courts have recognized that traditional Chiefs have an overall say over unceded territory.

Let’s say the United States wanted to run a pipeline from Alaska to Texas and got the BC Government to sign off, through promises of jobs and financial payments. Could Canada not rightfully say: “You need our consent too”? Such is the nature of the role of traditional chiefs.

How to resolve this is the issue. It seems clear that it will take more than words and promises, for history fails Canada on that point. I am reminded of a thought I once had when analyzing the treatment of treaties by governments and in the courts. Indigenous people must feel the way that Paul Simon expressed in his song “The Boxer”:
“I am just a poor boy though my story’s seldom told
I have squandered my resistance for a pocketful of mumbles,
Such are promises,..”

I have said in the past that, if ramped up, Indigenous resistance could paralyze the economy of this country. That resistance will not respond well to court injunctions or more “pockets full of mumbles”. Positive acts of resolution will be needed. Police and military enforcement will only serve to inflame matters.

Frankly, given Canada’s intransigence, and the rising sense of injustice felt by Indigenous leadership throughout the country, I do not like where this is heading.

Mizanagheezhick

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Victoria councillor accuses police of campaign to discredit Indigenous protesters

As Victoria police search for witnesses to alleged assaults at an anti-pipeline protest at the B.C. legislature Tuesday, one Victoria councillor is lashing out at the police department, accusing it of waging a campaign to discredit protesters.

Coun. Ben Isitt took to social media Wednesday, the day after police said they were investigating reports of assaults at the legislature, to accuse senior police brass of straying from their public safety mandate and into the realm of politics.

"I stand by my comments, which respond to a growing problem of 'mission creep' with VicPD management, engaging in a PR campaign against peaceful demonstrators, city councillors & others advocating for change," Isitt tweeted. "These kind of political communications are outside of VicPD's mandate."

The comments were in response to a statement from Victoria Police Chief Del Manak, who accused Isitt of being "off base and disrespectful" for claiming the Victoria police were spreading disinformation to discredit Indigenous youth and their supporters at the legislature rally.....

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Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) is a committee of lawyers and other human rights defenders who promote international human rights, the rule of law and the integrity of legally systems globally through advocacy, education and research. LRWC is an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN.

Canada and BC violate UN “injunction” while lawful protesters arrested and threatened with armed force

12 February 2020 – While peaceful protesters are arrested from coast to coast, Canada’s Minister of Transportation Marc Garneau calls the blockades in support of Wet’suwet’en land rights defenders illegal, citing the Railway Safety Act. He fails to mention that actions of the governments of Canada and British Columbia and the use and threatened use of force by the RCMP are themselves in violation of Canada’s binding international law obligations and therefore ”illegal.” The protesters, on the other hand, are exercising their legal rights to peacefully and strongly object to serious violations of the rights of  the Wet’suwet’en.

On 13 December 2019 a United Nations (UN) treaty monitoring body called on Canada to “halt construction…of the Coastal Gas Link pipeline in the traditional and unceded lands of the Wet’suwet’en people,” “immediately cease forced eviction of…Wet’suwet’en peoples,” “guarantee that no force will be used against…Wet’suwet’en,” and ensure that “the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and associated security and policing services will be withdrawn from their traditional lands.” The UN body also called on Canada (which includes BC) to “prohibit the use of lethal weapons, notably by the [RCMP] against indigenous peoples.”

After years of Canada’s failure to comply with recommendations of the UN Committee to End Racial Discrimination regarding the rights of Indigenous Peoples, particularly in BC, the Committee issued its December decision urging Canada to incorporate free, prior and informed consent into domestic legislation and seek technical advice from the UN.

Instead, Canada, while seeking a seat on the UN Security Council, is ignoring this urgent UN decision and is again directing and allowing the use of force to seize unceded traditional lands, evict Indigenous people from their lands, and deprive protesters and land defenders of their fundamental rights to liberty and to engage in peaceful protests.

Protesters across Canada are objecting to the repetition of the original colonial seizures of Indigenous lands and the accompanying trampling of indigenous people’s inherent rights to liberty, livelihood, and dignity. The grave consequences of this historic land grabbing and associated injustices persist to this day.

Now, in 2020, Canada and BC cite “the rule of law” as supporting enforcement of laws and decisions that purport to override international laws that protect the rights of both Indigenous Peoples and protesters. These international human rights laws have been binding on Canada and BC for more than half a century.

The RCMP arrests protesters and deprives them of their liberty for alleged violations of a civil injunction of the BC Supreme Court in favour of a corporation while Canada and BC violate the UN ”injunction” with impunity. These actions by Canada, BC and the RCMP are contrary to the rule of law upon which the protesters and land defenders insist.

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..i'm just posting stuff i haven't been aware of.

RCMP arrests in Wet'suwet'en territory spark protests nationwide

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Alberta 

On Friday, almost 100 people went into the lobby of Canada Place in Edmonton calling for the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) to divest its 65 per cent equity interest in the Coastal GasLink pipeline. 

Saskatchewan

A group of some 75 Wet'suwet'en supporters were blocking the Albert Street bridge in Regina on Saturday when a car pushed its way through the crowd. 

There were no injuries reported and the police are now investigating, but no charges have been laid. The blockade held up traffic for approximately 40 minutes. 

Manitoba

Youth from Winnipeg have been occupying the constituency office of Dan Vandal, the minister of northern affairs, since last Tuesday.

Nova Scotia

Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth occupied Liberal MP Andy Fillmore's office in Halifax.

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La Lucha: RCMP Raids Wet'suwet'en Camps in BC; Indigenous and Allies Respond: 'Shut Down Canada!'

https://www.struggle-la-lucha.org/2020/02/14/rcmp-raids-wetsuweten-camps...

"Indigenous people and allies who support Indigenous sovereignty have taken to the streets throughout Canada in response to multiple raids on peaceful ecampments in Wet'suwet'en territory in British Columbia.."

With Spanish option.

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The Goon Squad is no longer a viable option. The Canadian people aren't with their governments on that. And there will be serious consequences for any politician or official who initiates such a response.  Nor are we with CGL or TMX pipelines across unceded Indigenous territories in the midst of a planetary climate emergency. We ARE with Indigenous Sovereignty and its long overdue UNDRIP recognition and compliance by Canada. If you wish the trains to run again best try respectful nation-to-nation negotiations for a change.  Otherwise...

  #ShutDownCanadaContinues  #WhereIsJustin  #NoUNSCforCanada

wet'suwet'en protest angus reid

http://angusreid.org/coastal-gaslink-wetsuweten/

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Majority rule on issues of fundamental human rights is a fascist ideal.

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Seattle

Cagary

Edmonton

Regina

Canadian Embassy Grosvner Square London

Office of Carolyn Bennett MP

 St. John's, Newfoundland

Auckland, New Zealand

Listuguj Mi'gmaq First Nation

Ottawa

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Majority rule on issues of fundamental human rights is a fascist ideal.

Well, when you invoke what "the people" support...

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 ..most peoples of canada, and may i say the world, want climate action, honest politicians, no corporate dominance and peace. sometimes polls are created to drive divisions between these people. i believe that is the case with the posted poll. imho. 

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'The Current' For Feb 14, 2020 (CBC Radio)

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-feb-14-2020-1.5462642

@25:00: Our National Affairs panel brings us the latest on protests, pipelines and blockades...

"There is no treaty, so there is no legitimate claim for Canada to be able to hammer through this pipeline, impose Indian Act [Band] governments, then walk away and say this isn't a national issue. This is a situation directly created by the federal government and the provincial government has inherited it and is following the 'rule of law' Canada is setting.

The fact is they have absolutely no legitimate, legal claim to be able to claim these lands from the Wet'suwet'en people. The federal government is shying away from this because the Trans Mountain extension appeal has been thrown out of court, now there's the Teck mine situation... but this is absolutely a federal issue..."

#Wetsuwetenstrong   #WhereIsJustin  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelines

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The OFL Stands With the Wet'suwet'en Nation and Solidarity Protests Across Canada

https://twitter.com/smogelgem/status/1228220697433952262

"The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) affirms its solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en Nation as they steadfastly defend the territories, and with those who are actively supporting Indigenous sovereignty through protests and blockades across Ontario and Canada...Government actions that continue to perpetuate Canada's ongoing legacy of colonialism and cultural genocide must stop...

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Horgan made a very problematic statement. Sorry I do not have the source as I saw it on my phone. Essentially he said that reconciliation is hard in part due to a failure to understand and negotiate with the right people (band elected governemnts vs traditional governance) and that it is important to let Indigenous communities work things out for themselves.

The reason this is problematic is that it exposes the fundamental truth to the policy apporach. Governments should not ram projects through Indigenous land where an agreement has not been reached inside the community. Based on his own thinking, these projects should not proceed merely by getting some in the community to agree but instead should stand down until and unless the community comes to an internal agreement on the matter.

The hereditary Chiefs cannot be sidestepped just becuase the elected band councils responsible for managing social services can be pressured and blackmailed economically in a system of gross injustice whereby Indigenous communities get less support for social services and other critical needs than Canadians get elsewhere.

The elephant in the room is that Indigenous leaders cannot be bargained with at the point of a real gun or an economic one and have a result that will not be protested and unworkable. If you want projects in Indigenous communities you have to lift the economic blackmail and give them justice on all the fundamental service areas like social services, ecuation and healthcare. Then you can consult in a process of respect. Of course then you may not always get what you are looking for (without economic blackmail) but any agreement will be real and not the result of extortion.

Given what we know about the economic position of many communities, we cannot take agreement as willing consent if that agreement represents the ONLY hope of obtaining essentials fro the community. 

We all know this here but it must be connected to this discussion. The lack of economic justice for Indigenous communities is in the way of any possible consent agreements that governments or other parties might want to seek.

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CGL: Pipeline Construction Began Without Archaeological Assessments

https://twitter.com/Gidimten/status/1228189075762339840

Shocker!

 

'All Clans Feast': The Nations Gather

https://twitter.com/smogelgem/status/1228136492146413570

"The Wet'suwet'en and Gitxsan are coming together to discuss our united fight for sovereignty."

 

Sovereignty is the Issue - Canada is the Problem

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Activists Planning To Block Dozens of BC Government Offices Friday (and vid)

https://bc.ctvnews.ca/mobile/activists-planning-to-block-dozens-of-b-c-o...

"After days of demonstrations in support of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs, activists are preparing for what they call a 'shutdown of the BC government'  on Friday. A planning document shared on social media suggests more than 350 people have already signed up to gather at dozens of different offices in Victoria, including the ministry of Environment and Ministry of Health. 'We call on settlers to help take responsibility for the colonial institutions causing violence against Wet'suwet'en land and people by picketing BC government buildings,' reads a Facebook invitation to the demonstration..."

Canadians taking responsiblity is a welcome development!

#ShutDownCanada

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Essentially he said that reconciliation is hard in part due to a failure to understand and negotiate with the right people (band elected governemnts vs traditional governance) and that it is important to let Indigenous communities work things out for themselves.

The reason this is problematic is that it exposes the fundamental truth to the policy apporach. Governments should not ram projects through Indigenous land where an agreement has not been reached inside the community. Based on his own thinking, these projects should not proceed merely by getting some in the community to agree but instead should stand down until and unless the community comes to an internal agreement on the matter.

..the horgan ndp, the feds, the wet'suwet'en band councils, tc energy (formerly TransCanada) / coastal gaslink’s all understand delgamuukw v british columbia decision and have for years and years. none of them challenge that decision that lays out clearly who has the authority and where. in fact when the case was going on the ndp came to power and took over the case. horgan's words are meant to mislead. 

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