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

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Wet'suwet'en solidarity action has taken the street in San Francisco, in protest of Chase Bank's backing of the Coastal GasLink LNG pipeline!

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Watchdog report proves RCMP action in Wet’suwet’en territory ‘unlawful’: Indigenous, civil rights groups

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The CRCC declined to open an investigation, and did not make any conclusions about the specific issues the groups had raised — but not because they weren’t in the public interest, it said.

Rather, the watchdog said it had already compiled a report touching on many of the same issues in reference to RCMP actions while policing anti-shale gas protests in Kent County, N.B., in 2013.

That report has not been publicly released. It was sent to the RCMP last year, and the CRCC said it was still waiting for the force’s commissioner to respond.

On Thursday, the CRCC released a summary of its findings in the 2013 matter.

The CRCC found that in the 2013 case, the RCMP had exceeded its powers by setting up checkpoints where it demanded people’s identification and recorded that information.

It also found that searching protesters and their vehicles was a violation of people’s Charter rights.

The CRCC found that exclusion zones were permissible, but only under limited, “objectively reasonable” circumstances, “for example, a buffer zone that is as limited in size as possible and an exclusion that is as short in duration as possible.”

And it found that some arrests during the 2013 protests were based on “an apparent misinterpretation of the conditions” of an injunction.

BCCLA executive director Harsha Walia called the report “disturbing.”

“The RCMP has granted itself unlawful, discretionary and unjustified powers to set up and expand an exclusion zone, to arrest people in the exclusion zone who are not actually in breach of the injunction, and they have unreasonably stopped and checked passengers and searched vehicles,” said Walia.....

“There is absolutely no legal precedent or established legal authority for such an over-broad policing power. Simply put, RCMP operations in Wet’suwet’en territory have been unlawful.”

Walia said it was unacceptable that the RCMP has had the CRCC’s report for nearly a year without responding, and said it was concerning that the force had apparently used the very same techniques in its approach to the Wet’suwet’en blockades that had been criticized by the watchdog.

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I believe that Chase Bank is the largest backer of this project. Its always good to know what part of the US oligarchy is driving the largest decisions in our economy. And they call it democracy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68zccrskOqQ

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"Lawyers - There are an unprecedented number of injunctions being granted - very broad in scope (eg BC Legislative Precinct), preemptive injunctions (eg BC Ferries & Translink). And I suspect all ex-parte injunctions. This is a big deal, yes?!? Anyone responding?"

https://twitter.com/HarshaWalia/status/1230285485626380288

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Blockades a genius assertion of Indigenous power: UBC-based First Nations thinker Glen Coulthard

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The blockades are hurting Canadian industry that major business associations have written Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to end the blockades.

Each day rail lines are disrupted requires three to four days for supply chains to recover, according to the letter to Trudeau dated February 18, 2020.

“This is why it is imperative that the Government act now to get the Canadian economy moving again,” continued the letter signed by heads of business associations, like the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

If there’s something to be said about industry groups writing Trudeau, it’s that these blockades are “very effective”, according to UBC academic Glen Coulthard.

A Yellowknives Dene, Coulthard is an associate professor in the university’s First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Political Science.

Coulthard is also the author of the award-winning 2014 book Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition.

“They’re genius insofar as one can exert maximum pressure with minimal amount of people,” Coulthard said about the blockades in a phone interview with the Georgia Straight.

According to the First Nations thinker, direct action, primarily in the form of blockades, is “critically important for Indigenous nations that are suffering the effects of marginalization and genocide because they've essentially been rendered minorities in their own homelands”.

Coulthard noted that there is also one thing happening with the call of major business groups for Trudeau and the federal government to end the blockades.

It’s a “simple divide-and-rule tactic”, he said.

“They're trying to pit Indigenous rights against job creation, which is an incredibly unfair tactic because it draws on a very latent kind of deep-seated, anti-Native racism in the country,” Coulthard said.

According to him, the tactic by business groups also “positions Indigenous peoples as entitled spoiled folks who are acting as a member of the minority against the majority of Canadians”.

Looking back, Coulthard said that blockades have been used historically to “assert Indigenous law and defend Native land”.

Coulthard cited as example the 1990 crisis in Oka, Quebec, when Mohawks engaged police and military in a 78-day standoff over a land dispute.

Again, Coulthard referred to blockades as acts of “genius” in Indigenous resistance.

“This tactic is genius in that one commits maximum pressure with minimal amount of people, which is super important for nations that have been rendered minorities in their own homeland,” he said.

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The ghost of Justice McEachern is haunting the halls of the courts. He is famous for his racist comments in the Delgamuukw v. British Columbia case.

"it would not be accurate to assume that even pre-contact existence in the territory was in the least bit idyllic. The plaintiffs' ancestors had no written language, no horses or wheeled vehicles, slavery and starvation was not uncommon, wars with neighbouring peoples were common, and there is no doubt, to quote Hobbes, that aboriginal life in the territory was, at best, 'nasty, brutish and short."

He is also famous for coming to work one day as Chief Justice of the British Columbia Court of Appeal and having to walk through a picket line at the courthouse so he did something no judge had done before and wrote out an injunction without anyone filing a motion to him.

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Big Al could do things like that. Few BC lawyers complained either.  Knowing that a significant number of the lawyers representing both governments and the plaintiffs in Delgamuukw came from his own lawfirm Russell & DuMoulin, probably reinforced his arrogance also . In BC that's no conflict of interest because that is the interest.

http://sisis.nativeweb.org/clark/cram.html

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Montreal Anti-Colonial: Call For Reinforcements - Come Join Us in Large Numbers!

https://twitter.com/MTLanticolonial/status/1230513776350416902

"We haven't been served with the injuction yet. But the government announced that as soon as it happens they are going to enforce it. This is likely to happen soon. Come join us in large numbers!"

Support the Blockades! From Neskonlith to PEI!  Power and Respect to the Defenders!

#SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem  #ShutCanadaDown  #thetimeisnow  #WetsuwetenStrong

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UPDATE: Protesters Say They Will Maintain Blockade Near Chase 'As Long As It Takes' (and vid)

https://www.saobserver.net/news/protesters-set-up-blockade-on-cp-rail-tr...

"Goal is to see RCMP removed from Wet'suwet'en Territory..."

'Where's Your Deed?'

 

#NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP   #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem

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In Support of Wet’suwet’en

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 3 PM – 5 PM

Portage and Main

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Dene National Chief says Teck mine could be 'our Wet'suwet'en'

Norman Yakeleya told reporters on Wednesday: "That issue could be – if the government doesn't listen – could be our We'tsuwet'en. That's how important it is, because water is life."....

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"The RCMP have clearly not vacated or officially engaged with our hereditary chiefs and governance. It's suspicious to me that RCMP and govts would claim to have met our conditions without talking to our hereditary chiefs. It seems like a media strategy' - Molly Wickham

https://twitter.com/ricochet_en/status/1230544849599856642

 

"CGL deliberately laying off all their Indigenous workers telling them that it is because of 'protesters.' This is an effort to create infighting in the Wet'suwet'en communities."

https://twitter.com/smogelgem/status/1230529638482444289

#EcocideIsGenocide  #WetsuwetenStrong  #ThePeopleUnitedWillNeverBeDefeated  #ShutCanadaDown  #thetimeisnow

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Dene National Chief says Teck mine could be 'our Wet'suwet'en'

Norman Yakeleya told reporters on Wednesday: "That issue could be – if the government doesn't listen – could be our We'tsuwet'en. That's how important it is, because water is life."....

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Reject Teck!

https://twitter.com/dimitrilascaris/status/1229941089613832197

"Right now Justin Trudeau's cabinet is deciding the fate of Teck Frontier Mine, the largest tar-sands mine ever proposed. Please join me in telling them it's time to say no to climate disaster...You can add your voice in seconds."

#EcocideIsGenocide   #ShutCanadaDown  #thetimeisnow

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Mont-Saint-Hilaire trains grind to a halt as protesters block tracks in Saint-Lambert

Quebec’s transport minister is growing concerned as protesters block railway tracks on Montreal’s south shore in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chiefs in British Columbia.

“It’s becoming very difficult to transport commuters by public transit,” he said, adding that buses are being added to help train users left in the lurch.

Exo, the regional transit authority for trains, has warned that service is cancelled until further notice on the Mont-Saint-Hilaire line on Wednesday afternoon due to the blockade in Saint-Lambert.

“No trains will run for the rest of the day,” exo warns on its website.

The group behind the blockade, known as MTL Wet’suwet’en Solidarity, said it plans to remain in place until police officers leave Wet’suwet’en territory where protests continue against the Coastal GasLink pipeline in B.C.....

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Re: Above. See #410 - They are calling for Reinforcements against an impending injunction enforcement! Montrealers please assist if you can. If not please spread the callout.

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..from an email

RCMP continue to harass and arrest Wet'suwet'en people and their supporters on Wet'suwet'en territory.

RCMP continue to harass and arrest Wet'suwet'en people and 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 firewood without a permit on 'crown land.' This person was asked for identification and registration of their vehicle.

Later, the same person was pulled over in the nearest community of Houston and the driver of the vehicle was accused of being an American citizen and arrested for not having entered into Canada with proper documentation. This came after the driver presented a valid Canadian drivers license to the officer. The driver of the vehicle was later released from the back of the RCMP vehicle after RCMP realized the person was actually a Canadian citizen.

Both of these cases are representative of the harassment, surveillance and continued terrorization of our territories by RCMP. The RCMP and their CISO (Community Industry Safety Office) have increased their presence on unceded Wet'suwet'en territories and continue to trespass and violate their own laws by stopping and harassing Gidimt'en people and their supporters while traveling on the yint'ah. Further, this harassment continues at the camps themselves as RCMP invade our homes in the night with flashlights and attempt to intimidate people.

RCMP have stated they will continue to patrol the area.

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Wet'suwet'en Chiefs Have Arrived In Mohawk Territory (and vid)

https://twitter.com/AgentNdn/status/1230735054633984001

"Settlers cannot appreciate the significance of this. Is some powerful sh*t..."

#AllEyesOnTyendinaga   #AllEyesOnWetsuweten  #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem

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Please Stop Referring To Gathering of Mohawks at Tyendinaga 'A Blockade'

https://twitter.com/Pennyvane10/status/1228856967130746880

"Please stop referring to the gathering of Mohawks at Tyendinaga as a blockade. The tables are off/beside the tracks. NOT on them. They ask that it is made clear. Blockade is an inflammatory word as well as being inaccurate. Please pass this on. That will help the situation."

True enough.

#EyesOnTyendinaga  #thetimeisnow

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Several dozen protesters still blocking CN rails in Saint-Lambert despite injunction

The number of protesters blocking commuter trains on the Mont-Saint-Hilaire line near Saint-Lambert station on Montreal's South Shore have dwindled, but about a dozen stayed overnight Thursday despite being served with an injunction.

On Thursday, Canadian National Railway (CN) announced it had obtained an injunction to dismantle a rail blockade that's been in place since about noon Wednesday.

Quebec Premier François Legault told reporters that "we will dismantle the blockade" once the injunction is served. 

He said Longueuil police would be in charge and use force if necessary.

Longueuil police are keeping watch on the blockade but have not moved in to dismantle it or try to remove the protesters by force, as suggested by the premier.

Police said they would give a reasonable amount of time for protesters to leave on their own after being handed the injunction. They didn't specify when they planned to move in and enforce the injunction.

The injunction was served to protesters at the site around 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Before there were as many as 50 protesters on the site, but some chose to leave. Once the sun came up Friday morning, the group grew to about 30.....

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drift...

They're in their 20s and have never had clean drinking water

It's been nearly five months since a boil-water advisory was issued for the Oneida Nation of the Thames, but those living there say an entire generation has never known clean drinking water. 

...end drift.

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Lawyers and Legal Academics Supporting Rights of Indigenous Land and Water Protectors

TO SIGN, PLEASE FILL OUT BOX AT BOTTOM OF TEXT WITH YOUR FULL NAME AND POSITION/AFFILIATION, OR EMAIL [email protected].

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

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

“Think about everything that First Nations people have survived in this country: the taking of our land, the taking of our children, residential schools, the current criminal justice system,” as the late Mohawk legal scholar Patricia Monture-Angus wrote. “How was all of this delivered? The answer is simple: through the law.” Through Canadian Eurocentric Law, that is. Clearly, law is not synonymous with justice.

While the Supreme Court has officially recognized that Canada was not in fact terra nullius (“nobody’s land”) before European colonization, Canadian courts and legal institutions continue to treat Indigenous territories as if they are so – enabling a wide scope of governmental and corporate infringement on unceded Indigenous lands, including Wet’suwet’en land, even in the face of sustained Indigenous resistance.

For example, recent research from the Yellowhead Institute at Ryerson University has found that injunctions are overwhelmingly ordered by Canadian courts in favour of development projects against Indigenous claims. While 76% of injunctions filed by corporations against First Nations were granted, over 80% of injunctions sought by First Nations against corporations and the government were denied.....

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B.C. premier says cancelling Coastal GasLink pipeline is ‘not an option for me’

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The provincial government continues to grapple with next steps as blockades that started in B.C. continue to spread across the country.

Horgan says he still believes the best place to start is to have B.C. Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser and his federal counterpart Carolyn Bennett meet with the chiefs.

The politicians say they are ready to attend a meeting at any time, but the chiefs have not accepted the offer, saying they’ll only meet if the RCMP and Coastal GasLink leave their traditional territory in northern B.C.

“I believe that the appropriate course is to have Minister Fraser and Minister Bennett, on behalf of the two orders of government, start that discussion. I don’t believe that I have any more magic in my pocket than Minister Fraser does,” Horgan said.

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Council of Canadians @CouncilofCDNs

At least 30 unions, labour orgs, federations, labour councils, and student unions have spoken up and taken action in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en. Inspiring to see so much solidarity across movements!

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BBC: The Wet'suwet'en Conflict Disrupting Canada's Rail System

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51550821

"So what's at the core of the dispute?

Sean in Ottawa

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BBC: The Wet'suwet'en Conflict Disrupting Canada's Rail System

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-51550821

"So what's at the core of the dispute?

The picture -- on a British media site no less -- says it all.

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Sean in Ottawa

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;-)

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Wet'suwet'en Nation Independence? Guerrilla Warfare? What's Next if Cooler Heads Don't Prevail?

https://www.straight.com/news/1363276/wetsuweten-nation-independence-gue...

"....It's due to the BC Government approving the Coastal GasLink pipeline across unceded Wet'suwet'en traditional territory...If there's a political or military crackdown on the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and their allies, it's hard to predict what might flow from that...Trudeau has a choice when he speak to the media today. Let's hope he has the brains to retain a cool head rather than issuing ultimatums and sending in the troops like his father did during the October crisis of the 1970s in Quebec."

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#EcocideIsGenocide  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #WetsuwetenStrong  #SovereigntyIsTheAnswerCanadaIsTheProblem  #thetimeisnow

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..for those that missed it..here's the video of the press conference held yesterday. the words of stewart phillip stand out as being profond, to me, in his description of what is going on today and where it's headed. his comments begin at around the 43 min mark. i'd also say it's great to see harsha walia as the new executive director of bc civil liberties. 

Wet’suwet’en, BCCLA and UBCIC Press Conference

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CUPW Statement on the Land Defenders in Wet’suwet’en Territory

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers commend the land defenders in Wet’suwet’en territory for their brave and noble stand against greed and destruction. We condemn the RCMP for trespassing on unceded territory and intimidating land defenders there. Costal Gaslink wants to build a 670 km pipeline through their territories and a pristine wilderness. Once again, land is given away to corporations to enrich shareholders and divide communities.

Police showed up for the first raid early in the morning on February 6 with guns, tactical gear (CBC) and heavy machinery (Tyee) to evict the protesters. And, as reported by the Guardian, they had semi-automatic weapons aimed at the land defenders. It is clear that the only violence we see is that directed by the Canadian state and police.

As reported by Pressenza, the RCMP arrested journalists covering the protests and have made it difficult to witness their raids. In many Indigenous communities, unlike settler culture, women are respected for their wisdom and leadership in the community. It is not uncommon for police to isolate women and elders as an attempt to violate those ancient principles of respect and dignity and draw a reaction from others to justify their violence. They attempted to block people from filming their raid. What more is being kept hidden from world view?

All over the country, there is a response from those tired of the colonial legacy that continues to disrespect Indigenous peoples and their lands. This is in line with ongoing practices to erase and eliminate traditional Indigenous values and practices. Genocidal attempts at erasure change form over time, including but not limited to forced sterilization, violence, kidnapping of babies from their mothers, residential schools, and the catastrophic incarceration of Indigenous peoples, particularly Indigenous women. Many are condemned to poverty if they resist the destruction of their culture and territory. Languages were erased, rivers polluted, and now in Wet’suwet’en, they fight for the very existence of life on earth. It is also reminiscent of past violent state strategies, to name the Oka crisis as but one example.

RCMP and government impunity must be halted.  Their attacks on peaceful protest against injustice and invasion must cease. Such long-term and continuous violence can no longer be tolerated.

Canadians should be concerned that we subsidize oil and gas, an industry aimed at profiteering while destroying the planet. We all pay for the tactical gear, helicopters and police used to go into the wilderness to appropriate land while banks and corporations benefit from the wealth stolen from Indigenous peoples for hundreds of years. Weapons and rifles were aimed directly at peaceful protestors.

The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs re-affirm our humanity. Their commitment and bravery is inspirational. They provide a lesson for all of us that Mother Earth is not for sale and that there are lines that should not to be crossed. These are things worth fighting for. The seeds of a better world and a kinder future can be found today in Wet’suwewt’en land, by defenders that still dream of a different future and defend Mother Earth for all of us.

At this time, we have learned RCMP are withdrawing from traditional unceded Wet’suwet’en territory. If this is the case, we are encouraged by this de-escalation and recognition of sovereign traditional territory. We hope for a new relationship that will address the past, preserve the land and create a peaceful existence.

Let’s stop criminalizing front line communities who are protecting a greater good. 

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The Sovereign Indigenous Power of Veto in Canada   -   by Bruce Clark

https://dissidentvoice.org/2019/05/the-sovereign-indigenous-power-of-vet...

"The Indigenous peoples are entitled to veto developments by vetoing the applications for their consent to the use of land without which development can not take place. Development is settlement and the proclamation orders settlers off land not proven by the Crown or its third-party grantees to be ceded."

 

An Identification of the Conflicted Relationship Between the Indigenous Nations and the Legal Profession in North America  

https://dissidentvoice.org/2009/01/an-identification-of-the-conflicted-r...

"An Indian goes into a law office and says, 'Since my traditional government never agreed by any treaty to be governed by your government, why does your legal system apply your government's laws to me on my Indigeous nation's unceded native territory?"

 

#SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP  #thetimeisnow

 

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The Wet'suwet'en and Mohawk nations met and released a joint statement.

February 21, 2020

TYENDINAGA – Today, the Mohawk people and Wet’suwet’en people stood in solidarity at the Mohawk Council House in Tyendinaga to affirm that they will not stand by and watch while Wet’suwet’en title and rights over their lands are ignored and while human rights abuses continue to happen in Wet’suwet’en territory.

Contrary to the announcement by the BC RCMP on February 20, 2020 that they are withdrawing from Wet’suwet’en territory, the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en confirmed at the meeting that the BC RCMP and CIRG have in fact increased harassment, made illegal arrests, increased surveillance, and monitoring of Wet’suwet’en people and their invited guests. This is completely unacceptable and far from a show of good faith and contradicts the announcement by the BC RCMP. 

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The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have put a path of peace forward in order that nation-to-nation discussions with Canada and BC may occur freely and without duress:  

  • “We demand that the remote detachment (Community Industry Safety Office) established by the RCMP on Wet’suwet’en territory without our consent be immediately removed and that the RCMP are completely removed from our territory and cease patrols from our lands. Out means out.
  • We demand that all CGL activities cease within Wet’suwet’en territory while nation-to-nation talks are ongoing as persuent to the eviction notice that was delivered to them on January 4th, 2020.
  • We commit to entering into nation to nation discusions with Canada and BC once the above two demands are met and we insist when these discussions occur, that they will be held on Wet’suwet’en territory to ensure inclusivity for our nation’s Dini ze’ and Tsakiy ze’ (Hereditary Chiefs), and the members we are accountable to, in accordance with our law. “

https://realpeoples.media/joint-mohawk-wetsuweten-press-release/?fbclid=...

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Breaking: Riot Police Surround St Lambert Solidarity Blockade

https://realpeoples.media/breaking-riot-police-surround-st-lambert-solid...

"SQ riot police have surrounded the St Lambert Wet'suwet'en Solidarity Blockade..."

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Something's happening here

Judy Rebick

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One of my favourite protest songs from my youth has become relevant again. Children around the world are demanding that adults act to stop climate change. It's not like in the '60s though, when we thought we could make the revolution on our own. One of our most common slogans was "Don't trust anyone over 30."

Today, young people are saying, "Stop, adults, what's that sound?" The sound of the earth on fire, the sound of animals at the point of extinction, the sound of oceans turning into killing grounds -- can't you hear it, can't you feel it? Why won't you stop destroying our planet? I'm not much on seeing issues as generational, but seeing millions upon millions of young people standing up on climate change has changed my mind. Greta Thunberg is like a prophet of ancient times, telling truth to people in power who don't want to hear it, and with such clarity and passion, they can't pretend not to hear. Even more importantly, she is telling children that they can act to save the world and demand that their parents work with them to do it.

Even if the science is terrifying, the emergence of massive global movements to stop climate change along with mass uprisings against neoliberalism around the world are giving me hope that we are in a period of change even more important than that of the 1960s. Not only have we seen what is being called the biggest mass mobilization in history during the climate strike, but there are also millions of people rising up against incredible repression in Lebanon, Hong Kong, Bolivia and Chile.

A major unifying slogan is "Neoliberalism started in Chile and it will die in Chile." The Chilean protesters also have climate action signs and link their battle against neoliberalism to the climate actions around the world.

In the U.S., Business Insider reports that New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's idea for a 70 per cent tax on the super-rich to finance a Green New Deal in the U.S. is more popular than Trump's tax cuts. The billionaires are getting worried. In November, a bill was introduced in Congress that would "decarbonize the entire U.S. public housing stock, improve the quality of life for residents and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in the process." This is the first legislative volley of the Green New Deal.

Meanwhile in Canada, on the heels of the massive October climate demonstrations, the main political parties did not seriously debate what it will take to tackle the climate crisis during the recent election. While NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh inspired many with a strong left populist stance during the election, he stopped short of promoting a Green New Deal, a program linking climate action with social justice. By joining the environmental movement to promote a Green New Deal, as several NDP candidates did during the election, Singh could continue to build momentum for his party.

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Justin Trudeau lectures others about human rights while forgetting issues at home

An old Arab proverb says "If a camel tries to look at its own hump, its neck might break." Basically, looking at one's own back (or own problems) might be painful, so instead many people decide to look away.

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So, it comes as no surprise that Trudeau, while touring African countries, emphasized these two particular issues. Meanwhile at home, Trudeau's own record on these two objectives came to haunt him and perhaps damaged his carefully constructed image.

In Senegal, Trudeau boasted to journalists that he was "a great defender of human rights" (an insinuation that same-sex marriage is legalized in Canada whereas homosexuality is criminalized in Senegal).

In photo-ops, Trudeau was pictured at the House of Slaves on Gorée Island, a very emotionally and historically charged place where African slaves were shipped to America by European slave-merchants.

Similar places should be a strong reminder to Trudeau that slavery and colonialism were horrific acts of genocide, and that posing for photo-ops is obviously not enough.

While reminding Senegal President Macky Sall of the importance of human rights, Trudeau must have forgotten that in Wet'suwet'en territory in northern British Columbia, the militarized RCMP raided and arrested land defenders for peacefully opposing the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline that would run through unceded Wet'suwet'en territory.

On top of siding with corporate interests, the RCMP went even further by limiting and even threatening to arrest journalists who were trying to report on the situation. This is an affront to freedom and democracy in this country.

Unfortunately, this isn't a surprise. The RCMP, since its inception has had a long history of oppression and violence against Indigenous communities and other marginalized groups. Indeed, the creation of the RCMP by prime minister John A. Macdonald was mainly to "control" the Western part of Canada, and that meant fighting Indigenous resistance and establishing full control over the economic resources of the newly established country.

In former prime minister Stephen Harper's Bill C-51 (the Anti-terrorism Act), which was slightly amended by the current Liberal government, the activities of Indigenous and environmental activists were among many activities described as posing a threat to Canada's national security.

In 2016, the RCMP tracked 89 indigenous groups that were considered threats for participating in protests....

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Canada's Good-Cop/Bad-Cop 'Rule of Law' Business as Usual 'Injunctions Must Be Obeyed' Two-Step

 

PM Trudeau: "The barricades must come down. The Injunctions must be obeyed. The government is committed to reconciliation..."

https://twitter.com/PnPCBC/status/1230956460521271296

 

Ontario Premier Doug 'the Slug' Ford on 'The Illegal Blockades'

https://twitter.com/cath_cullen/status/1230970806240452608

"The PM needs to step up to take responsibility. Enough is enough. The illegal blockades must come down...The federal government must coordinate actions to take down these illegal blockades across the country."

'Get those fucking Indians out of that Park' -  Cons Premier Mike Harris

'Don't talk to me of your historical might-have-beens' - Lib PM Pierre Trudeau

'The state has the monopoly on the use of force.'  - NDP BC AG Ujjal Dosanjh

'For every one that goes down ten more will rise up.'  - Wolverine -

#SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem  #ShutDownCanada  #ResistDontCollaborate  #thetimeisnow  #WetsuwetenStrong

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ALL OUT TOMORROW TORONTO!  We'll Dance Circles Around Them!

Toronto Rally For Wet'suwet'en - Saturday, February 22, Noon - 3 PM - Queen's Park 

RSVP  https://www.facebook.com/events/656788928409775/

Rally, Walk, Round-Dance, Family Friendly, Indigenous-led: ALL OUT For Wet'suwet'en!

"Are you concerned about what is happening in Wet'suwet'en? Do you want to show your support for Indigenous defenders, climate-justice and clean water? This is the time to come out and join thousands in Toronto as we unite in support of the Wet'suwet'en.

Reconciliation does not take place when a gun is pointed at you. Remove the RCMP Immediately From Wet'suwet'en Land. NO PIPELINES Without Consent. Hands Off Land and Water Defenders. Bring your loved ones, your friends, and your colleagues to participate in this historical moment.

If you are Indigenous, please go to the Inner Circles of the Round Dance and the Front of the March.

SEE YOU On Saturday!  HELP US MAKE THIS HUGE!!!

 

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..from an email

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs Meet With Mohawks of Tyendinaga, Set Conditions for Nation-to-Nation Talks

February 21, 2020

Tyendinaga - Today, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs met with the Mohawk People of Tyendinaga at the Council House in Tyendinaga to discuss the path forward for the Wet’suwet’en people to be able to end the illegal occupation of the RCMP and CGL on their lands.

Contrary to the announcement by the BC RCMP on February 20, 2020 that they are withdrawing from Wet’suwet’en territory, the BC RCMP and CIRG have in fact increased harassment, made illegal arrests, increased surveillance, and monitoring of Wet’suwet’en people and their invited guests. This is completely unacceptable and far from a show of good faith.

We remain deeply concerned by the myriad of laws that Canada has broken including Wet’suwet’en law, the Canadian Constitution, UNDRIP, and the Geneva Convention on Genocide.

In order that nation-to-nation discussions with Canada and BC may occur freely, and without duress, the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs require the following conditions be met prior to any discussions:

- “We demand that the remote detachment (Community Industry Safety Office) established by the RCMP on Wet’suwet’en territory without our consent be immediately removed and that the RCMP are completely removed from our territory and cease patrols from our lands. Out means out.

- We demand that all CGL activities cease within Wet’suwet’en territory while nation-to-nation talks are ongoing as pursuant to the eviction notice that was delivered to them on January 4th, 2020.

- We commit to entering into nation to nation discussions with Canada and BC once the above two demands are met and we insist when these discussions occur, that they will be held on Wet’suwet’en territory to ensure exclusivity for our nation’s Dini ze’ and Tsakiy ze’ (Hereditary Chiefs), and the members we are accountable to, in accordance with our law.”

The Mohawk people of Tyendinaga are standing in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people until their demands are met. Since the beginning the Mohawk people of Tyendinaga have stated their willingness to allow the trains to pass through their territory and remain committed to do so once it is verified by the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and their appointed legal observers that the BC RCMP are indeed out of territory. Upon confirmation, the Mohawks have agreed to negotiate the peaceful exit plan as agreed upon between the Mohawks and the Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, Marc Miller.

We remain deeply concerned at the ongoing violation of human rights on Wet’suwet’en territory and remind Canada that Wet’suwet’en land was never ceded or surrendered and as such Canada’s actions amount to an illegal occupation in Wet’suwet’en territory. (UN, international law)

The meeting came on the heels of a nine hour meeting between the Mohawk People of Tyendinaga and Minister of Indigenous Services, Mark Miller on February 15, 2020. They are keeping the discussions open and remain hopeful.

The Wet’suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs also reiterated their demands to Minsters Carolyn Bennett and Marc Miller and remain willing to enter into Nation to Nation talks when their demands are met.

Kanenhariyo Seth LaFort stated, “When you ask for the rule of law, then you have to follow it yourself. Canada has committed a crime against humanity in Wet’suwet’en territory. It has broken its own laws as well as Wet’suwet’en laws and international laws. You cannot remove people from their own lands at the end of a gun. A crime has been committed and the RCMP are the criminals.”

We encourage Justin Trudeau to continue to work towards a peaceful resolution.

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CP supports the Wet’suwet’en in its request for dialogue with the Prime Minister

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada
80 Wellington Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister:

Canadian Pacific (CP) is severely impacted by the ongoing blockades across our rail network which began on February 8th, 2020 in support of the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs. The continuous and widespread disruption with no end in sight is creating critical safety and security concerns.

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

Today, Secwepemculecw members near Chase, British Columbia, blockaded our western corridor. This blockade severs our rail access connecting the Port of Vancouver, Canada's largest port, with the North American supply chain and the Canadian economy.

In addition, for the past twelve days, CP's rail network has been blockaded by protesters at the Kahnawá:ke Mohawk territory, south of Montreal. This blockade has severed vital rail connections into Atlantic Canada and the United States.

I support the offer made today by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to move their officers away from the area where the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs have been opposing a pipeline on their traditional territory.

CP has acted honourably through direct and respectful engagement with our Indigenous partners. We fully understand their frustration and we support their desire for a quick resolution.

The time for rhetoric has long since passed. Resolution requires action now.

Sincerely,

Keith Creel
President and Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Pacific

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Coastal GasLink Environmental Assesment Report Rejected, Construction To Be Delayed

https://ricochet.media/en/2945/coastal-gaslink-environmental-assessment-...

"Pipeline in Wet'suwet'en territory could be delayed by several months if not longer..."

 

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..so now cgl, trudeau and horgan are fucked. looks good on them! this does not bode well for future pipelines and their plans for extraction. good on us!

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'Not An Option': BC Premier Rejects Calls To Halt or Cancel CGL

https://twitter.com/smogelgem/status/1230869333456367624

"This guy [Horgan] is only antagonizing the situation. The Wet'suwet'en have already issued an eviction notice to CGL. That is all that is needed."

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#EcocideIsGenocide  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelinesNoRCMP #SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem  #WetsuwetenStrong

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..that was horgan yesterday. lets see what he says tomorrow.  

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