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

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All Eyes On Wet'suwet'en: Call Your MP

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"Call your MP and demand that they respect the rights of the Wet'suwet'en Nation to defend their land..."

 

  #WhereIsJustin  #EcocideIsGenocide #ShutCanadaDown  #WetsuwetenStrong

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TIme to use CoC's handy-dandy phone machine again to demand:

  • Removal of RCMP from Wet'suwet'en Territory
  • Removal of CGL from Wet'suwet'en Territory
  • Drop all charges against Defenders
  • Convene honourable nation-to-nation negotiations with Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs which would include the PM and Premier of BC

 

#landback  #EcocideIsGenocide  #NoTreatyNoPipelinesNoRCMP   #WetsuwetenStrong  #ShutCanadaDown  #thetimeisnow

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Protesters carry Piper the Pipeline effigy of Justin Trudeau along a blocked rail line.  Toronto, February 15, 2020.  Photograph by Julia Duchesne

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Premier Hogan defends BC government handling of land rights and Wet'suwet'en clash

B.C. Premier John Horgan raised his voice over jeers and fist-banging recently in question period after members of the Opposition Liberals criticized his government's handling of the clash between Wet'suwet'en hereditary clan chiefs and a pipeline company.

Horgan told the legislature that the unresolved rights being asserted by the chiefs were around long before his government took power 2 1/2 years ago.

"These issues have been percolating for generations — generations," he said.

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First Peoples Law represents the Unist'ot'en, members of the Wet'suwet'en Nation, in an application for a judicial review that accuses the province of failing to consult them about an archeological mitigation plan after Indigenous artifacts were found at a Coastal GasLink construction site.

Rather than use the court decision as an opportunity to recognize Aboriginal title, researcher Shiri Pasternak said the government sought to protect industry from the ruling's implications.

"The provincial government was deeply shaken by the Delgamuukw decision as were the representatives of industry from across the province," said Pasternak, the research director at the Yellowhead Institute, a First Nation-led think tank.

"The provincial government was deeply shaken by the Delgamuukw decision as were the representatives of industry from across the province," said Pasternak, the research director at the Yellowhead Institute, a First Nation-led think tank.

Pasternak filed a freedom of information request for about 800 pages of documents that were released in 2018 as part of her research with Toronto's Ryerson University, where she is an associate professor of criminology.

"You can see in the documents they immediately rushed to their federal counterparts and co-ordinated a strategy for pushing Indigenous nations into the treaty process," said Pasternak, who recently co-wrote a story based on the documents that was published by The Narwhal magazine.

Some bureaucrats under Glen Clark's NDP government looked for a chance to make their argument in court. In a confidential email in 1998, a director with the Aboriginal affairs branch of the Forests Ministry suggested watching for the "right court challenge."

"This will be controversial, but it seems likely that Delgamuukw will spawn more litigation," wrote Doug Caul in an email released as part of the freedom of information request.

He said future litigation could help determine the scope of Aboriginal title.

"I am not suggesting we pick a fight but that we make sure we take advantage of potential litigation and maybe even initiate where we feel it could help us, instead of waiting and reacting. I am sure this suggestion will result in a strong reaction from others, I put it out there for some thought."

Caul, now a deputy minister in the Indigenous Relations Ministry, said in an emailed statement that Delgamuukw left many unanswered questions about the definition of Aboriginal title and who holds it.

The email quoting him contained a long list of ideas for brainstorming how to move forward, he said, and his long-standing view remains that government should answer those questions through negotiation and dialogue rather than the courts.

"I stand by my record on advancing reconciliation. In the past five years since I have been deputy minister, I have presided over significant progress in many areas — including the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act, a modernized treaty policy, and meaningful new agreements with First Nations," Caul said.

Pasternak said the historic memos also show the province wrapping up Indigenous groups in interim agreements on the condition that they not take legal action or exercise their jurisdiction.

And representatives from forestry, ranching and other industry groups expressed concern about how Indigenous land rights could affect the economy.

"(Delgamuukw) has only created more uncertainty and we are very concerned by how governments will react to the court’s findings," Marlie Beets, then vice-president of the BC Council of Forest Industries, said in another 1998 one memo.

Beets could not be reached for comment.

More than 20 years have passed since the Delgamuukw decision, but Pasternak said the issue of Indigenous land rights has yet to be resolved.

The treaty process has consistently been used to keep First Nations out of the courts, but neither is an ideal venue, she said.

"Indigenous people have been left between a rock and a hard place. There's no policy in place that recognizes their title in a meaningful way, yet litigation is an insurmountable barrier," she said.

The Tsilhqot'in won a court battle in 2014 recognizing their Aboriginal title in B.C.'s Interior, but it cost millions of dollars and took more than 20 years, she said.....

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..summing up the above piece.

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"The onus remains on First Nations and that cost is untenable for most people," she said.

Gunn said that from her perspective, the provincial and federal governments have tried to maintain the status quo in the decades since the ruling by denying land rights until a First Nation challenges them.

Conflicts could be diminished if negotiations began with the recognition of Aboriginal title rather than discussion about whether it exists, she said.

The B.C. government has been in talks with the Wet'suwet'en for a year on a joint goal of "affirming" Aboriginal title with no real agreement reached.

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I saw the front page of that right wing rag Le Journal de Montréal. 'So what are you going to do, Justin?'

First off it isn't 'Justin' it's the LPC. Right wing framing, turns me off.

This is a very difficult situation and an easy situation at once. Difficult appeasing oil provinces like Saskatchewan and Alberta, provinces across the country with the railroad blockades, appeasing Legault and his BFF Doug Ford and appeasing the Native community.

The easy ways are, stopping the pipeline (an environment disaster waiting to happen and Canada doesn't need it. It's just something that lines the pockets of billionaire Americans)

Or what the CPC wants to do...raid the blockades. This is why they were not invited to a meeting between parties (Bloc,NDP and Greens) To the right wing, these 'savages' are expendable, the pipeline is not.

So what are the Liberals to do? I think they should work with the NDP,Bloc and Greens to find a peaceful solution that will please all that is involved.

The genius who printed out the cover of the Journal today may have an idea. He/she doesn't? Now there's a surprise.

So shut the fuck up. This is very complicatred and very easy at the same time. Don't build the pipeline  , make reconciliation with Natives or build the pipeline incriminate Natives and appease Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Those 2 provinces are not going to vote Liberal anyway, so side with the Natives and show them that provinces are expendable.

Very complicated. Once again, I invite the geniuses at the Journal to share their ideas.

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"Cuzzins for Wet'suwet'en" block CN Rail line west of Edmonton

Protesters set up a blockade on a CN Rail line west of Edmonton Wednesday morning, showing their support for the Wet'suwet'en heredity chiefs.

The group, Cuzzins for Wet'suwet'en, intends to maintain the blockade until the RCMP leaves the traditional territory.  

The demonstrators set up the blockade at about 6 a.m. Wednesday in the area of 110th Avenue and Range Road 261.

Demonstrators created a large barricade with wooden packing crates covered with a spray-painted banner reading "no consent." 

While trains were stopped, protesters were allowing vehicle traffic through the area.

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A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT TO THE SITUATION ON WET’SUWET’EN TERRITORY

The following statement was adopted at the February 18, 2020, regular meeting. 

The Vancouver and District Labour Council is alarmed by the ongoing conflict taking place on the Wet’suwet’en territory. While the recent discussions between the Provincial Government and the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs was a hopeful development, it unfortunately did not lead to a resolve of the dispute.

Since that time, the RCMP have renewed their actions on Wet’suwet’en territory to enforce Coastal GasLink’s court injunction, including several arrests of peaceful demonstrators. We respect the diversity of opinions that exist amongst our affiliates with regards to the project in question. We also commit ourselves to the process of reconciliation, and to respect for the rights of Indigenous nations as outlined in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

We are therefore calling for Premier John Horgan, the Provincial Government and Coastal GasLink to urgently return to the table with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, and for all parties to renew efforts to find a mutual, peaceful solution which respects and upholds the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, which the Provincial Government recently adopted with Bill 41, specifically Article 10 which states “Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.” We also call on the Provincial Government to order the RCMP to withdraw from Wet’suwet’en territory and allow for this to take place.

We have often rejected the narrative that workers must choose between jobs and the environment. Similarly, we must reject the narrative that there is a choice to be made between jobs and Indigenous rights. We must demand both.

We also urge that other labour unions, and labour organizations including the Canadian Labour Congress and BC Federation of Labour adopt this motion, and that union members recognize protests as picket lines, and refuse to cross these picket lines either digitally or physically. 

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Edmonton blockade

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https://www.ipsos.com/en-ca/news-polls/Majority-Canadians-Disagree-With-Protestors-Shutting-Down-Roads-And-Rail-Corridors-And-Half-Want-Police-To-End-It

 As the indigenous blockade of key transportation corridors in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation continues for another week, a majority of Canadians (61%) say they disagree (26% strongly/35% somewhat) that the protestors are conducting justified and legitimate protests, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted exclusively for Global News. Four in ten (39%) take the opposite view, agreeing (12% strongly/28% somewhat) that the protests are both legitimate and justified.

...In response to the blockade, a majority (53%) of Canadians support (27% strongly/26% somewhat) intervention by police to end the blockade of key transportation corridors by indigenous protestors, while three in ten (28%) oppose (12% strongly/16% somewhat) police intervention. Two in ten (19%) Canadians don’t know.

 

 

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Leah Gazan Winnipeg MP

Why does the Prime Minister have a double standard when applying the rule of law in this country?

Link

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..from may 2018

True test of reconciliation: respect the Indigenous right to say No

Conflict is coming. There is no getting around that fact. Anyone who believes that reconciliation will be about blanket exercises, cultural awareness training, visiting a native exhibit at a museum or hanging native artwork in public office buildings doesn’t understand how we got here. Reconciliation between Canada and Indigenous peoples has never been about multiculturalism, diversity or inclusion. Reconciliation is not an affirmative-action program, nor is it about adding token Indigenous peoples to committees, advisory groups or board rooms. We cannot tokenize our way out of this mess that Canada created. Real reconciliation requires truth be exposed, justice be done to make amends and then Canada’s discriminatory laws, policies, practices and societal norms be reconciled with Indigenous rights, title, treaties, laws and jurisdiction. That process of truth, justice and reconciliation will be painful. It requires a radical change. Nothing less than the transfer of land, wealth and power to Indigenous peoples will set things right. The true test of reconciliation will be whether Canada respects the Indigenous right to say ‘no.’

Canadian courts have been issuing decisions about Aboriginal rights and title and treaty rights, sending the strong message to governments that they must obtain the consent of Indigenous peoples before taking actions or making decisions that will impact our lives. Governments have not listened. Canada’s failure to listen is one of the reasons why Indigenous peoples spent more than 25 years negotiating the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples which guarantees the right of Indigenous peoples to free, prior and informed consent. Article 19 of UNDRIP provides:

States shall consult and cooperate in good faith with the indigenous peoples concerned through their own representative institutions in order to obtain their free, prior and informed consent before adopting and implementing legislative or administrative measures that may affect them.

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So, we are now back where we started. Canada has not yet reconciled its laws, policies or political positions to the fact that Indigenous peoples have the right to say no to development projects on our lands. This means that conflict will continue to grow over mining, forestry, hydraulic fracking and pipelines on Indigenous lands. The true test of reconciliation will inevitably play out on the ground, like it did in Oka, Ipperwash, Gustafsen Lake, Esgenoopetitj (Burnt Church) and Elsipogtog. Will Canada force the Kinder Morgan pipeline to go ahead against the will of British Columbia and First Nations? Will Canada isolate and exclude First Nations who do not subscribe to the extinguishment requirements of Canada’s land-claims process? What will happen to First Nations who stop provincial social workers and police officers from entering their reserves to steal more children into foster care? This will be the real test of our inherent right to say no.....

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Top Ten Lies Government of Canada Perpetuates Against Indigenous Peoples

https://twitter.com/RussDiabo/status/1229918096359641091

"When a land dispute occurs, pundits and media take to the airwaves to provide their views and opinions of what's going on. They use words like protesters, radicals or rogue chiefs, or claim its only a few dissidents who have no support...

2. 'Canada Owns Underlying Title to All Lands'. Canada knows they don't own title to lands, or they would not be trying to get Indigenous peoples to consent to give up their land title in exchange for money. Unless there is explicit consent, land remains as Indigenous lands and Canada has no jurisdiction in these areas.

5. 'That the Canadian Courts are fair and unbiased on Indigenous matters. Canadian courts uphold Canadian laws only. They have deliberately chosen not to understand the depths of the First Peoples and Nations relationship with the Crown. The Court interferes in the political relationship and the Federal and Provincial governments rely on them to be the hammer when they are unable to manage the relationship..."

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"The answer is simple: RCMP out of Wet'suwet'en, pause CLG for nation-to-nation negotiations. That's it. That's the move."

https://twitter.com/SeanCarleton/status/1229249932302798848

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Carolyn Bennett says federal government will not tell RCMP to withdraw​

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett told MPs on Tuesday her government will not tell the RCMP to leave Wet’suwet’en territory.

“It is very important to remember that the government does not have the authority to dictate the processes to the RCMP,” said Bennett during an emergency debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday night.

“It is not the role of parliamentarians to tell the police how to do their job.”

RCMP presence in northern British Columbia is preventing proposed discussions between hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation and representatives of federal and provincial governments.

Hereditary chiefs spoke with Bennett by phone Tuesday afternoon.

Bennett said she is committed to meeting as soon as the chiefs issue her an invitation to the territory.

“There was a possibility of a meeting at the end of the month. We are now saying we would like to meet as soon as possible and we are waiting for their invitation to have that meeting,” she said.

But Hereditary Chief Woos, also known as Frank Alec, said the chiefs agreed that discussions won’t take place until Mounties “pick up everything and go and do not return.”

The people demonstrating near train tracks just off Tyendinaga said the same thing after meeting with Minister of Indigenous Services Marc Miller on Saturday, where Chief Woos called in....

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It is the role of the federal government to inform the RCMP that they have invaded sovereign territory and their statutory authority does not extend to the area so they have to leave. That is the governments oversight role.  Its like saying if the RCMP cross over into the US the government can't tell them to stay within our borders.

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Darren(Bixie)Methot at the Listuguj railroad blockade said,”no trains will be passing thru our territory until the RCMP have removed themselves from Wet’suwet’en territory!” @APTNNews

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Miller: Legacy Media's Shameful 'Whitesplaining' of the Wet'suwet'en Land Defence

https://buff.ly/2SZBnoL

"...One columnist, [Uber-Zionist] Diane Francis, even said the breakup of Canada is at stake. The demonstrations, which she calls illegal, are not about pipelines and fossil fuels, she wrote in the National Post. 'A full-blown secession crisis is underway,' thanks to the federal government's policy of 'pandering and subsidizing' Indigenous people....Really?"

But 'pandering and subsidizing' Apartheid Israel and its own genocidal anti-Indigenous project is just fine by her.

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kropotkin1951 wrote:

It is the role of the federal government to inform the RCMP that they have invaded sovereign territory and their statutory authority does not extend to the area so they have to leave. That is the governments oversight role.  Its like saying if the RCMP cross over into the US the government can't tell them to stay within our borders.

..yes. both governments, bc and the feds, are up to their armpits in the rcmp being there.

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Listuguj railroad blockade

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Grand Chief Serge Simon tells me he has apologized for his comments that caused a barricading of council offices yesterday. The doors to council are now open and community members are moving to another part of Kanehsatake to show solidarity for the #wetsuweten@APTNNews

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Inside a protest movement: How climate activists are taking Wet’suwet’en fight from B.C. to Yonge Street

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But unlike last winter, when a similar temporary injunction was enforced by the RCMP, this was no longer just a local struggle. Climate activists from across the country — galvanized by months of climate strikes and naming colonialism and capitalism as major villains in the plight of climate change — have taken up the hereditary chiefs’ message as the embodiment of everything they believe is wrong with Canada’s approach to the environment.

Smogelgem, head chief of the Sun house of the Likhts’amisyu clan of the Wet’suwet’en, said it’s been a long time coming.

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Why Support Indigenous Sovereignty? (and vid)

https://twitter.com/RMComedy/status/1229913470537281538

For life and the land. In solidarity and resistance.

#EcocideIsGenocide  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #WetsuwetenStrong  #thetimeisnow

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The Settler Playbook: Understanding Responses to #ShutDownCanada in Historical Context

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When movements like Idle No More or #ShutDownCanada emerge, when non-Indigenous Canadians are inconvenienced by Indigenous assertions of nationhood and sovereignty, settlers often respond with what Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang call “moves to innocence.” Tuck and Yang define settler moves to innocence as “strategies to remove involvement in and culpability for systems of domination.” These “moves” or “plays” form a key part of the settler playbook: the common tactics and strategies used by settlers to defend the colonial status quo. Violence and coercion are a key part of the playbook; however, settlers also use a number of discursive manoeuvres to maintain the material conditions of colonialism. Exposing the settler playbook can help counter these strategies and advance decolonization. As activists and settler scholars, we offer this short primer to the settler playbook.

Play 1: Distorting or Dismissing the Past

One of the most common strategies in the settler playbook is warping the writing of history to protect and privilege the colonial perspective. In the Wretched of the Earth, anti-colonial writer Frantz Fanon notes that the “colonist makes history and he knows it.” Similarly, Indigenous scholars like Sto:lo writer Lee Maracle consistently point out that Canadians often use a distorted account of the past to justify colonialism as commonsensical. Sometimes the past is crafted into righteous mythology (e.g. the history of the RCMP), while at other times the past is ignored all together (e.g. government starvation policies) or dismissed as too complicated to understand (e.g. treaties and nation-to-nation agreements).

British Columbia premier John Horgan employed this tactic last week when he stated that #ShutDownCanada activists engaged in rail blockades in Ontario “haven’t got a clue, quite frankly, of how complex these issues are.” The most significant action in Ontario is a CN rail blockade being undertaken by the Mohawks of Tyendinaga. The Mohawks’ long history of engaging in blockades and solidarity actions demonstrate that Horgan’s comments were flat out wrong. Meanwhile, recognizing that many settlers “haven’t got a clue” about the history of Indigenous-settler relations, the Mohawks have been using the blockade to educate those willing to listen and learn about the nation-to-nation agreements that govern these lands. On day six of the blockade, they brought out the two-row wampum belts to clarify and affirm the relationship coming out of the 1764 Treaty of Niagara. Contrary to Horgan’s comments, Indigenous peoples such as the Wet’suwet’en and Mohawks have a clear and precise understanding of history and are using it to hold settlers to the founding agreements of these lands that provide frameworks for peaceful coexistence.

Play 2: Doublespeak and Deceit 

Another tactic in the settler playbook is doublespeak and deceit. Canadian government relations with Indigenous peoples have historically been defined by lies and broken promises. For example, in its numbered treaties Canada promised Indigenous people on the Prairies farming tools and seeds at a time when bison herds were nearly gone and people were starving. Historian Sarah Carter has shown the many ways in which Canada broke those promises by providing shoddy implements, delivering seeds far too late, and making it impossible for Indigenous farmers to sell their produce. As well, Canada and Britain often negotiated treaties in bad faith, including sending treaty negotiators with the treaty text already printed.

On 11 February, Horgan stated, “We are also engaged in ongoing reconciliation discussions, which are focused on rights, title, self-government and self-determination. Those channels of communication remain open.” He went on to say that the BC government has made a commitment to reconciliation in good faith and intends to see it through; “it is a shared journey.” Horgan’s pleasant words confirm that reconciliation has become primarily a metaphor. The reality of the events unfolding in Wet’suwet’en territory stand in stark contrast to settler appeals to dialogue, consultation, sharing, and mutual respect. The day after Horgan made these comments, and two months after the BC government signed the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples into law, at least fifty heavily armed RCMP officers invaded Wet’suwet’en territory. They threatened the lives of unarmed Indigenous people with high-powered weapons and removed them from their lands. This is an example of doublespeak: using language to obscure or hide an often disrespectful or violent reality. Doublespeak has been a foundational tool for colonial decision-makers, and Indigenous peoples have a lot of experience recognizing and navigating it. It is deceitful and disingenuous when Canadian leaders, at all levels, speak of reconciliation and sharing while ignoring Indigenous legal orders and making choices that dispossess and harm Indigenous peoples.

Play 3: Divide and Conquer 

Colonial powers also employ strategies of “divide-and-conquer” to rule over colonized peoples. In the case of the Mohawk nation, the Department of Indian Affairs coerced the community of Kahnewake into accepting the elected band council system in the 1880s by promising Mohawks they could return to their traditional government system if they did not like it. When a majority of Kahnawake Mohawks were dissatisfied and asked to return to their own system, the Department said it would require 100% consensus in the community, an outrageous and impossible hurdle.

A similar “divide-and-conquer” strategy is playing out right now in Wet’suwet’en lands. Many politicians and settler Canadians are pointing to the fact that although the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose the proposed route, twenty band councils have signed benefits agreements with Coastal GasLink. As Horgan stated, “I think it’s disingenuous to suggest that a handful of people can stop progress and success for people who have been waiting for a break like this for many, many years.” Here Horgan attempts to exploit internal differences within the Wet’suwet’en nation to justify his government’s already-existing support of the project. It is convenient for him and others to ignore how the long history of settler colonialism has shaped and fomented such divisions. Since its founding (and before), Canada has been dividing large Indigenous nations into small bands under the Indian Act, scattering Métis land holdings through the scrip system and undermining existing Indigenous governments and legal orders. These efforts to divide and conquer are well documented by historians and intimately understood by Indigenous peoples. Successive Canadian governments have cultivated and used these divisions to undermine Indigenous rights and appropriate lands, and it continues to this day.....

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Wet'suwet'en chiefs' planned meeting with Mohawk protesters could delay efforts to end rail crisis

A trip east by four Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs to meet and thank the Mohawks of Tyendinaga behind a rail blockade in Ontario has thrown into doubt the timing of proposed talks with Ottawa and Victoria to settle the rail crisis.

The four Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs left B.C for Ontario Wednesday and there are plans for them to meet with the Mohawks of Tyendianga as early as tomorrow.

Hereditary Chief Na'moks told CBC News they will be landing in Montreal and stopping first in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community south of the city, before moving to Tyendinaga.

"It is only to thank them for their support, no more than that," Hereditary Chief Na'moks told Radio-Canada in an email.

"It is only to thank them for their support, no more than that," Hereditary Chief Na'moks told Radio-Canada in an email.

In a separate interview, Na'moks also told CBC that he is not travelling with the four chiefs who are expected to land in Montreal this evening.

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But the hereditary chiefs have said they won't meet with the federal and provincial ministers until the RCMP leave their territory. And with some hereditary chiefs now heading east to meet with the Mohawks of Tyendinaga, the prospects of a meeting in the short term appear to be remote.

On Wednesday afternoon, Bennett released a letter, also signed by Fraser, saying that the two ministers would be in Smithers, B.C., on Thursday to meet with any hereditary chiefs available to "discuss these matters of great concern to the Wet'suwet'en nation."

The letter said that the ministers would return to meet with the hereditary chiefs who are currently making their way to east.

"We look forward to continuing the discussion in person to achieve our shared goal of safe resolution of the current impasse," said the letter.

The letter said Bennett and Fraser were in Victoria on Monday to be ready to meet with the hereditary chiefs on short notice.

"While we were not able to meet in person then, we have continued the dialogue with multiple conversations with some of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in order to seek clarity and a path forward," said the letter.

Without movement between Ottawa, Victoria and the Wet'suwet'en, the window is closing on a possible short-term end to the two-week-old blockade along CN rail lines by Mohawk protesters that has shut down large sections of passenger traffic and paralyzed freight shipments between eastern and western Canada.

The blockade sits along the reserve boundary of Tyendinaga, about 240 km west of Ottawa.

Hereditary chiefs setting pre-conditions

The Mohawks have vowed not to leave until the RCMP withdraws from Wet'suwet'en territory. The Ontario Superior Court has issued an injunction against any continued interference with CN's business operations. The Ontario Provincial Police is now on the scene.

The B.C. RCMP said in a statement to CBC News that it is aware of the the Wet'suwet'en request that they leave the territory and that the issue is being discussed.

"Discussions are underway with respect to possible next steps," said B.C. RCMP S/Sgt. Janelle Shoihet in a statement to CBC News.

"Any options will have to be discussed with all stakeholders and out of respect for those discussions, we have nothing to publicly share at this time.".....

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"Happening now in Seattle financial district - shut down at Chase HQ, the top funder of Earth-destroying projects, and strong support for Wet'suwet'en..."

https://twitter.com/wakiyan7/status/1230202985004728320

"Blockade of CN Tracks in St Lambert (MTL South Shore) in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en - happening right now! Follow MTLanticolonal for updates."

https://twitter.com/graham_e_latham/status/1230193089647665154

"Wet'suweten Hereditary Chiefs making their way to meet with Mohawks. Strengthening their alliance."

https://twitter.com/showmekittys/status/1230188376520712192

Mohawk Sisters & Brothers Holding it Down for...

https://twitter.com/_Taiaiake_/status/1230198373665452035

#WetsuwetenStrong 

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..from an email

Yesterday Chief Woos, who's territory is where the violent RCMP raid on the Gidemt'en Checkpoint gook place, spoke to CBC about the current situation.

"the Minister is basically blowing air right now as far as were concerned. he put on his website that he was going to talk with the Wet'suwet'en chiefs in regards to Wiggus. on February 3ird and 4th he sent Scott Fraser to Smithers to talk to us. we were still open to that so we started talking to Scott, started to explain to him what Wiggus was and is and keeping in mind that we said Mr. Horgan you need to come and be part of this, instead he sent Scott Fraser with the stated attempt for us to agree to an access agreement for CGL which failed. We didn't want that. With that CGL turned around and said to the police enforce the injunction and BC walked away."

"We're prepared to talk but we don't want the RCMP in our territory."

"As far as the economy and what is happening across the country... You see indigenous groups, the indigenous organizations out there. We're facing third world situations all on account of your rule of law that is not being correctly handled by all governments."

"If we're going to be alongside the majority of Canadian's as First Nations the first things that happens is Respect. Respect is the first thing that must happen."
Rail Blockade outside of Edmonton that went up this morning calling for support.

NDPP

TRNN: Canada Sees A 'Watershed Moment' in Struggle For Indigenous Rights (and vid)

https://therealnews.com/stories/canada-indigenous-rights-wetsuweten-pipe...

"Indigenous lawyer Pamela Palmater says ongoing solidarity protests show Canadians grasp more than ever how their government is violating Indigenous rights. 'We have the right to say 'no' if we want to!"

#SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem  #WetsuwetenStrong  #thetimeisnow

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The Politics of the Wet'suwet'en Crisis Are Thorny and Dangerous

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"For some federal politicians the crisis engendered by the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs refusal to allow a natural gas pipeline through their territory is also an opportunity..."

 

All Eyes on Wet'suwet'en Land

https://rabble.ca/columnists/2020/02/all-eyes-wetsuweten-land

"Dozens of effective actions in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en land protectors are taking place from PEI to Victoria. This was not the kind of display of national unity the Trudeau government was looking for. The Liberals 'talking points' approach to government was to pretend that the RCMP occupation of Wet'suwet'en land was a provincial issue. As environmentalists join forces with Indigenous peoples protecting their lands from environmental damage, and Canadians take to the streets, blockade rail routes and occupy government offices, Justin Trudeau's cabinet has no idea what to do...The NDP's rhetoric of solidarity with Indigenous peoples has become farcical..."

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'Together We Can Do It' (and vid)

https://twitter.com/RussDiabo/status/1230369556910096384

Words of James Gosnell (Nisga'a nation) with music by Thom E Hawke & Pine Needles

 

#SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem    #thetimeisnow

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The army can’t stop the Wet’suwet’en solidarity movement

The solidarity movement with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs is growing. We’re into a second week of rail blockades and mass protests, and new ones keep popping up in different parts of the country. In response, one Conservative Party leadership candidate has called for the army to be sent in, a suggestion echoed by commentators. Many others want the RCMP to start knocking heads at rail blockades.

Regardless of your position on the ongoing dispute, sending in the army or police to end rail blockades by force is both wrong and ill-advised. Here’s why.

A new poll out today from Ipsos confirms the results of an Angus Reid poll from last week: 39 per cent of Canadians support protests and blockades in support of the Wet’suwet’en that have shut down rail corridors and streets.

You may have seen that reported in reverse: 48 per cent oppose the protests in the Angus Reid poll, and 53 per cent want the police to end the blockades in the Ipsos poll.

But the number that really matters is the support. You can’t lock up four in ten Canadians, and any move to clear out blockades by force would most likely be met by a proliferation of new blockades or other forms of protest.

The truth about politics is that when the population is this divided on an issue, there is no resolution to be found in law enforcement. The only way out is to listen to the anger, and make real changes.

Echoes of the 2012 student strike

I would know. In 2012 I was one of the few journalists assigned to report full-time on the Quebec student strike. I was at most of the protests, interviewed most of the student leaders and watched the strike ultimately take down the Liberal government of premier Jean Charest. Public support for the students never went much above 40 per cent.

But it didn’t matter. After the Quebec government passed a draconian law that made most protests illegal, people in every corner of the province started flooding the streets outside their homes to bang pots and pans every night at 8 p.m. in defiance of the law. People across the country joined them, and then people in the U.S. and Europe. Our casseroles, as the protests were called, went international. Sound familiar?

The outcome was that a Liberal government in power for nine years was defeated in that fall’s election by the Parti Québécois, who promised to repeal the anti-protest law and freeze tuition fees at their previous level (meeting the demands of the strikers).

The outcome was that a Liberal government in power for nine years was defeated in that fall’s election by the Parti Québécois, who promised to repeal the anti-protest law and freeze tuition fees at their previous level (meeting the demands of the strikers).

Charest was determined to put an end to Quebec’s history of successful student strikes. Instead, he put an end to his own career.

It should serve as a cautionary tale for today’s politicians. A passionate minority of this size has taken down governments and ended careers before, and it can do so again.

What if Canadians knew the full story?

One wonders what the poll numbers would show if one key element of this dispute were not consistently misreported. Angus Reid explained to respondents that 20 First Nations band councils support the project, and hereditary chiefs oppose it. That’s what we’ve seen in most mainstream coverage.

The detail so often left out is that Canada’s Supreme Court found in the 1997 Delgamuukw decision that the Wet’suwet’en people, as represented by their traditional form of governance, the hereditary chiefs, have authority over the nation’s territory.

The band councils were created by the Indian Act to administer the reserves, which cover only a small fraction of Wet’suwet’en territory. They function somewhat like municipal governments and their authority is limited to those reserves.

Asking their permission, or more accurately offering them bags of money and a promise the pipeline will be built whether they take the cash or not, is akin to asking the City of Vancouver for permission to build a pipeline while ignoring the provincial and federal government.

Vancouver doesn’t have the jurisdiction to approve such a project, and neither do the band councils......

NorthReport

Is that the reason we have such a progressive government in Quebec now?

Quebec premier calls for a federal ultimatum — end the blockades or else

https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/francois-legault-wetsuweten-ultimatum-to-protesters

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Tensions mount as pipeline protests continue across Canada

“Hands off Wet’suwet’en! Hands off Wet’suwet’en!”

As the western sun sank into the Pacific, hundreds of voices echoed around the transit station at Commercial Drive and Broadway in Vancouver.

Hundreds of people again blocked a key intersection in this West Coast city, snarling rush-hour traffic and closing out the 13th straight day of nationwide solidarity actions in support of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs and their fight against the Coastal GasLink pipeline through their traditional territory.

Justin Trudeau can put an end to this by ending the occupation of Wet’suwet’en territory,” organizer Alison Bodine shouted to the assembled crowd.

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In Vancouver, Wednesday’s protest was as much about future industrial development, such as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, as it was about Coastal GasLink.

Moments before the protest march began, transit security taped a copy of a newly minted injunction to pillars around the SkyTrain entrance. The pre-emptive injunction was granted Wednesday afternoon, allowing police to arrest anyone interfering with or blockading any of Vancouver's transit rail lines.

From the intersection, hundreds of supporters marched through east Vancouver streets, chanting more slogans and carrying illuminated signs reading “No CGL and TMX Pipelines.”

George Rammell said he has been involved in anti-pipeline activism since getting arrested years ago on Burnaby Mountain protesting the Trans Mountain expansion.

“If you add up the costs of the Site C Dam, the Trans Mountain pipeline and the Coastal GasLink project, you’re probably looking at $25 billion (that) could have been spent on research and development for green energy,” Rammell said.

As Wednesday’s march neared Clark Drive, a major trucking route in and out of the Port of Vancouver, truck driver Colin Harvey said he was stuck in traffic for more than an hour.

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In Edmonton, a blockade went up on rail tracks near the city’s outskirts, only to be met by counter-protesters who arrived and dismantled the Wet’suwet’en supporters’ barricades.

Video posted to social media showed people clad in black and yellow safety vests hauling pieces of the blockade away and throwing them into a waiting pickup truck.

Nearly two weeks of these blockades have crippled Canada’s rail system, making it difficult for supply chains to get products where they need to go....

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..last night vancouver

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..video

Wet’suwet’en, BCCLA and UBCIC Press Conference

Reaction to CRCC Chairperson Response Regarding RCMP Exclusion Zone

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..the above press conference entailed a letter from CRCC Chairperson which is a response to Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, Union of BC Indian Chiefs, and BC Civil Liberties Association’s call for an investigation regarding the improper and unlawful actions of the RCMP in in Wet’suwet’en territory.

..i'm posting the first page of that letter and you can read the next 8 pages here.

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..the gist of the letter is reports have been submitted to the rcmp and they don't respond. better if you read though to understand.

Sean in Ottawa

The most obvious solution to the immediate problems for the country related to these protests is to have the police withdraw. Then there needs to  be a real conversation about jurisdiction and the government has to speak to the correct jurisdiction and live with the result of that conversation.

It is critical that we create the environment for aggreements of integrity in the future. This requires significant economic changes to make sure that these nations are not negotiating with an economic gun to their heads. 

The lesson here is that economic blackmail will get you an aggreement but it is not worth the paper it is written on.

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..molly wickham said earlier today just because blair says they've complied to the conditions doesn't make it true. 

Wet’suwet’en supporters block rail tracks on Neskonlith land east of Kamloops

Acting in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, supporters have blocked rail tracks on Neskonlith Band lands.

Photos posted to social media show supporters on the tracks with signs expressing solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who oppose the Coastal GasLink project that would bring natural gas to a liquefaction facility and export terminal on the B.C. coast.

There have been nationwide protests and blockades this week after RCMP began enforcing an injunction earlier this month against the hereditary chiefs and their supports who had been obstructing an access road to the company’s work site.

Earlier today (Feb. 20), Canada’s Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said B.C. RCMP had complied with conditions set out by traditional leaders of the First Nation, and believes barricades should come down.

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Neskonlith Blockade

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Crossing the line of decency, protesters pay angry Horgan a house call

OPINION: For a small and determined group of zealots, a politician’s home is fair game. If they also get to shake up members of his or her family, that’s a bonus

 

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-crossing-the-line-of-decency-protesters-pay-angry-horgan-a-house-call

NDPP

Feds Say RCMP Offer To Move Off Wet'suwet'en Land 'Significant' Step Towards Ending Blockades (and vid)

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/feds-say-rcmp-offer-to-move-off-wet-suwe...

"...The federal government says the British Columbia RCMP's offer to move from their position on Wet'suwet'en territory to a nearby town is a 'significant' step towards ending the ongoing blockades. Blair said that the BC RCMP have sent a letter to the hereditary chiefs offering to to deploy their police officers from the nearby town of Houston. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh tweeted Thursday morning that with the RCMP 'allowing discussions to happen,' it is 'now up to the PM to show some leadership..."

 

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Natural gas is a much ‘dirtier’ energy source than we thought

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Previously, geologic sources like volcanic seeps and gassy mud pots were thought to spit out about 10 percent of the methane that ended up in the atmosphere each year. But new research, published this week in Nature, suggests that natural geologic sources make up a much smaller fraction of the methane in today’s atmosphere. Instead, the researchers say, that methane is most likely attributable to industry. Added up, the results indicate we’ve underestimated the methane impacts of fossil fuel extraction by up to 40 percent.

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Leah Gazan Wpg MP

This gov is stalling their #UNDRIP bill, using events with the Wet’suwet’en people.

Is @JustinTrudeau punishing Indigenous Peoples for standing up for their rights or was he never going to follow through in the 1st place?

There is no reconciliation in the absence of justice.

NDPP

Wet'suwet'en Blockades: No More Business As Usual in Canada

http://theconversation.com/wetsuweten-blockades-no-more-business-as-usua...

"The solidarity blockades in Tyendinaga and across Canada are intended to speak the financial language meaningful to corporations and governments..."

 

Blackades a Genius Assertion of Indigenous Power: UBC-Based FN Thinker Glen Coulthard

https://www.straight.com/news/1362716/blockades-genius-assertion-indigen...

"Coulthard predicts that protests against the Trans Mountain facility may gain 'even more popular support' given the proposed right of way into the Lower Mainland...'BC remains on stolen land in the most straight-forward sense of the term', Coulthard said. 'And the people who are taking to the streets and taking to the land and to defend their territories are acting righteously against this injustice."

#NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #EcocideIsGenocide  #SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem   #ShutCanadaDown  #thetimeisnow

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Their harassment of our people and supporters continues. Now they’ll simply base their Mounties out of the local town of Houston. They are trying to instruct us to continue letting CGL do their work and ignore the eviction that we served them with. OUR EVICTION STANDS!

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Gidimt’en Checkpoint @Gidimten

#RCMP continue to harass & arrest #Wetsuweten people & their supporters on Wet'suwet'en territory. Earlier today a supporter was getting much needed firewood for Gidimt'en camp when that person was threatened with arrest for getting it without a permit on 'crown land.'

kropotkin1951

NorthReport wrote:

Crossing the line of decency, protesters pay angry Horgan a house call

OPINION: For a small and determined group of zealots, a politician’s home is fair game. If they also get to shake up members of his or her family, that’s a bonus

 

https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-crossing-the-line-of-decency-protesters-pay-angry-horgan-a-house-call

Horgan got a lot more respect than the Wet'suwet'en did when his militarily armed police force arrived to enforce his pipeline decision. You dare negatively compare peaceful demonstrators to armed police invading. If I told you the demonstrators were attacking a Hong Kong politician would your view change about what is too far?

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