"Our philosophy has always been about sharing. But Canada doesn't seem to think that way. We have to talk about how we're going to live together on this land in a good way. Because you haven't left us enough timber to build boats to send you all back." Lavina White, Haida Nation
NDP BC invades sovereign Wet'suwet'en territory, RCMP arrest defenders
20 bands around the Wet’suwet’en and the Wet’suwet’en themselves all signed on for the gas pipeline.
I bet most of the protestors can't even find Wet’suwet’en on a map.
The Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter (CCNCTO) expresses solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people and strongly condemn the invasion of Wet’suwet’en lands by colonial authorities.
As Chinese settlers of this land, we recognize that the long and complex history of Indigenous-Chinese relations is one of complicity in displacement and colonization, but also one of solidarity. Chinese railway workers, who were themselves exploited, helped construct the Canadian Pacific Railway, which played a crucial role in the displacement and colonization of Indigenous peoples. Yet injured Chinese workers who were left to die by their employers were often taken in, cared for, and sheltered by Indigenous nations.
It is this ongoing history that inspires us to unite with Wet’suwet’en and other Indigenous peoples across North America engaging in active resistance to defend Indigenous sovereignty. We call on the various levels of government to desist in the use of state violence in support of the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project through unceded and ancestral territories.
We encourage supporters and community members to take part in solidarity actions with the Wet’suwet’en people, or to organize their own actions in accordance with the call from the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs.
About 200 people stopped traffic at Rainbow International Bridge in Niagara Falls, Ont. on Sunday afternoon in protest of what they call an “invasion of the Wet’suwet’en Nation” due to the proposed pipeline in British Columbia.
The demonstration started around 2 p.m. near Highway 420 and Stanley Avenue, at which point the protesters marched towards the entrance to the bridge, effectively blocking traffic from travelling into the United States.....
Occupied for 260+ hours (11 days) Dan failed us.
Although we walked out of Dan Vandal’s office without him meeting all of our demands, the end of this occupation is just the beginning of something so much bigger.
I made sure we did this in a good way, in ceremony. I will cherish these memories I made with these beautiful people. We’ve bonded so much these past 11 days in ceremony with the sacred fire, songs, prayers and laughter
We will continue to walk together, to stand in solidarity for our relatives
..epekwitk is pei
Starchild (Eliza Knockwood) sent photos as the eve setting in Epekwitk support sting for Wet’suwet’en solidarity @APTNNews
Mi’kma’ki stands with Wet’suwet’en. Photos preparing for overnight and Confederation bridge at sunset.
When All Else Fails, Wet'suwet'en Supporters Block the Rails (and vid)
"Trains are being shut down in Seattle in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en Nation"
#StopThatTrain #EcocideIsGenocide #RCMPOut #WetsuwetenStrong
Trudeau To Meet With Incident Response Group
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be meeting with the Incident Response Group to work on a plan for dealing with the protests and blockades that have shut down much of Canada's rail system. The group, which includes senior cabinet members, was created in 2018 to handle incidents that have major national implications..."
You 'handle' it by addressing the problem in honourable nation-to-nation negotiations. NOT with RCMP force. DON'T even try it. The whole country will explode. That way madness lies. When were you planning to meet the Wet'suwet'en Justin? That would be a good start.
Justin Trudeau Will Interrupt UN Security Council Tour To Deal With Infrastructure Disruptions
"He was travelling to Africa and Middle East countries to try to win Canada a seat on the UN Security Council. Tomorrow he was scheduled to resume this effort in the Caribbean. But this afternoon, the prime minister indicated that he'll make time instead to address these direct actions by supporters of Indigenous land rights.
'Tomorrow morning, I'll convene an Incident Response Group meeting with Marc Miller, Carolyn Bennett, Marc Garneau, Bill Blair, Chrystia Freeland, Pablo Rodriguez and Bill Morneau to address infrastructure disruptions across the country and discuss the path forward,' Trudeau tweeted. 'Details to follow.'
Social activist Harsha Walia responded with this message over twitter: 'How about you and Premier Horgan set up emergency nation to nation meeting with the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs which they have been calling on for months?!? Worried about infrastructure? Respect Indigenous jurisdiction. Blockaders won't succumb to your state intimidation."
Meet With Wet'suwet'en NOW!
#NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelines #Wetsuwetenstrong #SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem #StopThatTrain
'Coastal GasLink Could Ship Bitumen'
"Coastal GasLink could ship bitumen from Alberta's tar sands, a draft First Nation band agreement shows, if band's who signed on given written consent. Given CGL's breach of consent with Wetsuweten hereditary chiefs, this needs more exposure in Canadian media."
..your trying to change the rules because it doesn't suit you.
Well ya. There's mechanisms to change rules and laws. We can even change the constitution.Quote:..i see your argument as being personally crafted and full of opinion. it doesn't come close to addressing anything in the realm of the reality of this struggle.
All our arguments are personally crafted and full of opinion. As for addressing the situation we're in a stalemate. It's the same silly dance over and over and over. The conservative and liberal governments kick the indigneous can up the road every year.
What thing I've noticed. No one seems to actually have a working plan. No one seesm to be able to answer questions, even people here.
For example, what happens when the Huron, Algonquin, Cree and Ojibwe are given control of their ancestral lands and decide settlers have to leave the Ottawa valley. Are we going to evacuate Ottawa? Since FN are seperate nations, 634 of them, does each nation get a seat along side premiers and other government leaders? Do those 634 nations engage in trade deals with other countries?
There's so many practical questions people don't want to answer.
eta..specifically it is the court injunction process that corporations and governments use to get around the law.
Actually there are so many practical answers that people do not want to hear becuase it breaks down the objections.
Indigenous people when they point to unresoved land claims they do not ask for the impossible. They ask to be a partner in resource management - to get a share and they ask for social justice and economic justice. When you look at the demands Indigenous leaders make specifically, you can be shocked at how reasonable and moderate they are. The problem is that they are not free and the people of Canada want a solution that does not cost any while they oppress a people and use the assets of those people without giving them a share.
Do yourself a favour and look past the interpretations and look to what Indigenous people are asking for when specific demands are on the table. You will see these are doable things.
Indigenous people may not being doing this becuase they are generous. They are doing it becuase what is owed to them is so massive that they moderate their demands in order not to be refused entirely. Once you reconcile the volume of what is owed, you can see just how reasonable the demands are. Indigenous people are not looking to freeze their assets either. They want to develop them for the long term. As a result the economic activity and benefit to Canada and Canadians does not change all that much when they have greater power and ownership rights over their property.
This is similar to environmental deniers: first they deny the problem and then they say it is too big to resolve to justify not doing anything. It is true there would be a power shift in Canada to accomodate the true owners of lands in many places. However Indigenous people are not demanding downtown Toronto or Parliament Hill. They are looking for opportunities and to exploit and have control over much less contentious territory and are open to compensation discussions.
The one thing you can see is that they tend to be very reasonable in apporach when at the table. Not so much when they are shut out and on the street. Just like you would expect of anyone.