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

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WaPo: A Pipeline Offers A Stark Reminder of Canada's Ongoing Colonialism

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinion/2020/02/13/pipeline-offers-stark-...

"Canada's perpetual prioritizing of corporate interests above all else - even its own laws - got us into this mess. To get out of it will require actually working with Indigenous nations as equals, which means allowing our nations the right to say no..."

No Canadian Pipelines Beyond The Treaty Frontier! 

Sean in Ottawa

epaulo13 wrote:

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

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

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

That may be but even at face value they still lead to the conclusion that the project should not go forward. I do not see how the comments help the case to proceed -- even if they are dishonest.

If the solution is that the community has to get their stuff together then the project has to stand down until this consenus is reached. This is exactly what the protestors are demanding. It seems like Horgan is agreeing with those who oppose him on this. The province must stand down and lett eh community work it out.

Of course I am adding that the issue of economic blackmail should be taken off the table. Let's set aside our opinions on development in these communities for a moment. If the government wants the discussion (provincial or federal) they must first provide enough economic justice that the communities have a choice in order for consent to be meaningful and not the product of extortion.

Without economic justice -- we do not know if any in the community would support the project. It is possible that the community is far less divided than it appears and that nobody would support it without the leverage of economic  injustice.

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That may be but even at face value they still lead to the conclusion that the project should not go forward

..the distinction is important because those very same arguments, that the community is divided, are being made is happening around the tar sands project and tmx. that there are divisions is not the point..yet it's the basis of the invasion. 

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'It is Nation to Nation. The PM Should Be Going There' (and vid)

https://twitter.com/PnPCBC/status/1228108692945547264

It is nation to nation. The prime minister should be going there. He should be speaking to these hereditary chiefs and frankly this is such a consequence of our broken relationship with Indigenous people."

CGL has already been evicted by the only authority which has the right to do so, the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs whose territory it is planned to transverse and despoil. The project must immediately cease and those without permission to be on the territories must leave. The only ongoing illegal activities upon these territories are those of Canada, BC, CGL and the RCMP. Certainly not the Indigenous lawfully in possession.

#WhereIsJustin 

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epaulo13 wrote:

That may be but even at face value they still lead to the conclusion that the project should not go forward

..the distinction is important because those very same arguments, that the community is divided, are being made is happening around the tar sands project and tmx. that there are divisions is not the point..yet it's the basis of the invasion. 

..furthermore the injunction process used to enforce the invasion..has been a work around the law for years when it comes to indigenous land issues.    

Paladin1

Rise up and block every road in BC.

Rikardo

 I read in the G & M that the elected leaders of Wet'suwet'an support the project.  Who are the self-appointed 'Hereditary  Chiefs'?  The gas will replace coal in China. I may have to postpone my trip to Ottawa. Or go by car.

Paladin1

I've read the same. The elected leadership supports it and so do lots of the people. But they report being intimidated and harassed. From what I understand, do correct me if I'm wrong, hereditary chiefs claim leadership through someones great great great great great grandparent being a chief.

Aristotleded24

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epaulo13 wrote:

That may be but even at face value they still lead to the conclusion that the project should not go forward

..the distinction is important because those very same arguments, that the community is divided, are being made is happening around the tar sands project and tmx. that there are divisions is not the point..yet it's the basis of the invasion. 

..furthermore the injunction process used to enforce the invasion..has been a work around the law for years when it comes to indigenous land issues.    

While Pallister comes across sounding semi-reasonable on this issue (emphasis mine):

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says the federal government needs a system that better listens to the frustrations of protesters like the ones who blocked a rail line near Winnipeg Wednesday in support of Wet'suwet'en — a blockade the protesters say has now been removed.

"What's happening is that people are very frustrated because they're not understanding or feeling heard through a process that needs to give balance to the environmental impacts of resource applications in our country," he said.

"They're not separate from each other."

If there was a process in which people felt their concerns were being respected and understood, they would be less willing to flout the law, Pallister told reporters on Thursday.

Aristotleded24

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I've read the same. The elected leadership supports it and so do lots of the people. But they report being intimidated and harassed. From what I understand, do correct me if I'm wrong, hereditary chiefs claim leadership through someones great great great great great grandparent being a chief.

I'm sure during the civil rights uprisings in the US in the 1960s, the media could have also found individual black people who thought it was not big deal to sit at the back of the bus, and that they should just sit at the back of the bus to avoid trouble.

Paladin1

The Wet'suwet'an elected leaders and people  (as in, THE People of the Wa Dzun Kwuh River ) should be quiet and go along because this will be good for them in the long run? Their views and opinions don't matter compared to the hereditary chiefs?

 

[i hope that doesn't come across as sarcastic, I'm just trying to wrap my head around the optics and hirearchy going on]

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Aristotleded24 wrote:

epaulo13 wrote:

epaulo13 wrote:

That may be but even at face value they still lead to the conclusion that the project should not go forward

..the distinction is important because those very same arguments, that the community is divided, are being made is happening around the tar sands project and tmx. that there are divisions is not the point..yet it's the basis of the invasion. 

..furthermore the injunction process used to enforce the invasion..has been a work around the law for years when it comes to indigenous land issues.    

While Pallister comes across sounding semi-reasonable on this issue (emphasis mine):

Quote:

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says the federal government needs a system that better listens to the frustrations of protesters like the ones who blocked a rail line near Winnipeg Wednesday in support of Wet'suwet'en — a blockade the protesters say has now been removed.

"What's happening is that people are very frustrated because they're not understanding or feeling heard through a process that needs to give balance to the environmental impacts of resource applications in our country," he said.

"They're not separate from each other."

If there was a process in which people felt their concerns were being respected and understood, they would be less willing to flout the law, Pallister told reporters on Thursday.

..this is not about a platform to air frustrations. governments including man is touting that indigenous folk and their supporters should follow the law. they are basing the invasion on following the law of the injunction. well the law says hereditary chiefs have authority over the territory thus it's the government and the lng corp that are in violation. this is a violation of un human rights..of undrip. i don't understand how people are not understanding this.

kropotkin1951

Paladin1 wrote:

The Wet'suwet'an elected leaders and people  (as in, THE People of the Wa Dzun Kwuh River ) should be quiet and go along because this will be good for them in the long run? Their views and opinions don't matter compared to the hereditary chiefs?

Our Supreme Court in the Delgamuukw case has recognized them as the holders of the inherent rights of their people as a nation that has never been ceded, including land rights. Our politicians have refused to recognize their own highest court for twenty years. Indian Act Band counsels are not elected to rule their nations they are elected to be band counselors to beg money from government agents. Its like saying that my local Village counsel should be able to make its own foreign policy because its elected. Our highest court has accepted their traditional governance system after a trial that explained exactly how they govern themselves. Why is that not good enough proof for you that they are legitimate?

What other remedy do they have but to non-violently protest?

Chief Na’Moks, a Chief of the Tsayu (Beaver Clan) of the Wet’suwet’en, commented on the anniversary of Delgamuukw Day:

When the SCC overturned BC’s Court Decision, we were elated, but that was short lived as the decision has been continually ignored. We hoped that BC and Canada would uphold the Ruling, but they, and industry, chose to “Bury their Heads in the Sand” and pretend it did not apply to them. Continual approvals of Proposed Projects have proven this to be a fact.

Aristotleded24

epaulo13 wrote:

Aristotleded24 wrote:

epaulo13 wrote:

epaulo13 wrote:

That may be but even at face value they still lead to the conclusion that the project should not go forward

..the distinction is important because those very same arguments, that the community is divided, are being made is happening around the tar sands project and tmx. that there are divisions is not the point..yet it's the basis of the invasion. 

..furthermore the injunction process used to enforce the invasion..has been a work around the law for years when it comes to indigenous land issues.    

While Pallister comes across sounding semi-reasonable on this issue (emphasis mine):

Quote:

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says the federal government needs a system that better listens to the frustrations of protesters like the ones who blocked a rail line near Winnipeg Wednesday in support of Wet'suwet'en — a blockade the protesters say has now been removed.

"What's happening is that people are very frustrated because they're not understanding or feeling heard through a process that needs to give balance to the environmental impacts of resource applications in our country," he said.

"They're not separate from each other."

If there was a process in which people felt their concerns were being respected and understood, they would be less willing to flout the law, Pallister told reporters on Thursday.

..this is not about a platform to air frustrations. governments including man is touting that indigenous folk and their supporters should follow the law. they are basing the invasion on following the law of the injunction. well the law says hereditary chiefs have authority over the territory thus it's the government and the lng corp that are in violation. this is a violation of un human rights..of undrip. i don't understand how people are not understanding this.

That's why I said "semi-reasonable." It's fair to criticize Pallister on his statement about 2-tiered law, but essentially what he said was, "if the government had consluted and listened properly in the first place, we wouldn't be seeing the uprisings we are seeing now."

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..the delgamuukw case brought forward in 1997 for this very reason we see today. the gitksan and wet'suwet'an clans brought it forward because governments and corporations were trying to use indian act band councils, who they had control of via money, to steal the resources from the lands. while there are still issues to be settled from that decision the authority question is not one of them. this makes the decision very pertinent to what is going on today. and all governments and corporations know this. they are trying to impose a way around that law.

Aristotleded24

Rikardo wrote:
I read in the G & M that the elected leaders of Wet'suwet'an support the project.  Who are the self-appointed 'Hereditary  Chiefs'?  The gas will replace coal in China. I may have to postpone my trip to Ottawa. Or go by car.

Fossil fuels are fossil fuels, and scientists have made it clear that emissions have to fall in order to stave off the worst effects of climate change. It may be true that countries like China and India have the highest absolute carbon emissions. If, on the other hand, countries like the US, Canada, Australia, and the Eurpoean countries use renweables to replace fossil fuels, that puts these countries at a competitive advantage. China and India won't want to be left behind so they will follow suit.

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That's why I said "semi-reasonable." It's fair to criticize Pallister on his statement about 2-tiered law, but essentially what he said was, "if the government had consluted and listened properly in the first place, we wouldn't be seeing the uprisings we are seeing now."

..i believe pallister's words are used to portray this as a matter of "frustration & not understanding". it's misdirection. what he should be saying is that the invasion is a violation of law. 

NDPP

'The Resolve of Our People is Unwavering'

https://twitter.com/smolgelgem/status/1228458392215121921

"Last evening's Wet'suwet'en Feast reaffirmed the position of the Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs: CGL is evicted...The RCMP CIRC Detachment must be removed..."

 

The Wet'suwet'en Are More United Than Pipeline Backers Want You To Think

https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/the-wetsuweten-are-more-united-than-pipe...

"...Based on Wet'suwet'en and Canadian laws it's ultimately the hereditary chiefs who have jurisdiction to the territory, and they have been clear about their aims - to assert self-governance over their land and demand a nation-to-nation relationship with Canada. It's a move that would benefit all Wet'suwet'en."

#WetsuwetenStrong #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoRCMPnoPipelines  #WhereIsJustin

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Mohawk Nation: Ellen Gabriel (and vid)

https://t.co/2q1sUTKc9g?amp=1

"What would you do if your human rights were being trampled on? We have the right to protect our land. The government is the one that is not being reasonable. Prime Minister Trudeau has lied..."

Aristotleded24

epaulo13 wrote:

That's why I said "semi-reasonable." It's fair to criticize Pallister on his statement about 2-tiered law, but essentially what he said was, "if the government had consluted and listened properly in the first place, we wouldn't be seeing the uprisings we are seeing now."

..i believe pallister's words are used to portray this as a matter of "frustration & not understanding". it's misdirection. what he should be saying is that the invasion is a violation of law. 

Or maybe I spoke to soon:

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"What some of the people who have gone overboard in these blockades have done is they've weakened the case of reconciliation, not helped it," Pallister said.

"They've shifted some public view against some of the things that I've been working for."

Protesters shut down a major Canadian National rail line west of Winnipeg for about 24 hours this week.

Pallister has called for the blockades to be ended quickly so that railways and roads can be reopened. In a fundraising email he sent to Progressive Conservative supporters on Thursday titled "These illegal blockades," Pallister also asked for donations to fight what he called "two-tier justice."

"We will stand up for the freedoms and rights of all people. But we won't stand back while two-tier justice happens in our province," the email read.

"And we won't hesitate to seek an injunction in the future, if (a blockade in Manitoba) happens again."

 

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

https://secure.canadians.org/page/54774/action/1

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

Please call, forward and distribute!

 

  #WhereIsJustin  #EcocideIsGenocide #ShutCanadaDown  #WetsuwetenStrong

Paladin1

kropotkin1951 wrote:

Our Supreme Court in the Delgamuukw case has recognized them as the holders of the inherent rights of their people as a nation that has never been ceded, including land rights. Our politicians have refused to recognize their own highest court for twenty years. Indian Act Band counsels are not elected to rule their nations they are elected to be band counselors to beg money from government agents. Its like saying that my local Village counsel should be able to make its own foreign policy because its elected. Our highest court has accepted their traditional governance system after a trial that explained exactly how they govern themselves. Why is that not good enough proof for you that they are legitimate?

What other remedy do they have but to non-violently protest?

I don't really trust the Supreme Court when it comes to first nations. They make a lot of promises and recognize a lot of this and that but at the end of the day people are still living in dirt with no water.Supreme court doesn't care and they don't seem to have the teeth to do anything.

I consider myself pragmatic. I tend to see things in there here and now and not hundreds of years ago. We're stuck in a cycle. Fn protests, government makes promises, protests go away, government doesn't deliever, more protests, more promises. Does anyone believe these poor souls will get what they want? They'll be doing this the next 20, 50, 100 years. Fighting for something the government will never give them, living in the past. Are we going to recognize 634 seperate states within Canada? Collapse municipal, provincial and federal government because we're on unceeded land and settlers?

What happens when the Mississaugas want everone out of their land which happens to be Toronto. Where do we send everyone? The Mississaugas, Anishnabeg, Chippewa, Haudenosaunee, the Wendat peoples all claim land in and around Tronto. Who does the land go to? I'm getting off topic a bit sorry.

The supreme court recognizing them (hereditary chiefs) as the holders of the inherent rights of their people as a nation pretty much fucks off everyone else who's ancestors weren't chiefs. Talk about every day FN members being powerless. They're at the mercy of the Canadian government AND these non-elected officials for life.

I think the Wet'suwet'en deserve to elect their own leaders. If the people living on Wet'suwet'en land want to greenlight the pipeline then that's their right. Shouldn't we stop telling FN what's best for themselves?

 

 

People are afraid to speak up': Wet'suwet'en member defends her support for pipeline

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-tuesday-edition-1.545...

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All 20 elected band councils along the pipeline route, including Wet'suwet'en councils, have signed benefits agreements with Coastal GasLink. However, the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who oppose the pipeline say those councils were established by the Indian Act and only have authority over reserve lands.

NDPP

See #219 Feast Hall national meeting duly confirms nation with traditional-sovereigntist leadership. Done. Please urge Trudeau/Horgan to meet as requested in honourable nation-to-nation talks asap.

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#UsurpationIsGenocide  #ShutCanadaDown  #WhereIsJustin  #WetsuwetenStrong

Paladin1

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 #WetsuwetenStrong

But it's not the Wetsuweten, it's the hereditary chiefs who clearly aren't speaking on behalf of the desires for the Wetsuweten people in 2020.

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#ShutCanadaDown

That's exactly what all the FN across Canada needs. Especially the ones living in squallor, suffering from addictions, suffering from super high suicide rates. Better close up health care and medical services.

Does shutting Canada down mean the billions spent on Indigenous Services gets stopped?

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Reconciliation at the End of a Gun: The Wet’suwet’en and the RCMP

I spend a lot of time in small towns across Canada. Often, I go for lunch with my First Nation clients. With one of my clients I noticed that we always ate at the same local restaurant over and over again, despite there being what seemed to be several other perfectly good places to eat. When I finally suggested we try one of those restaurants for a change, the response from my clients jarred me out of my comfortable complacency: this is where we feel safe, they said.

The threat and reality of violence is at the core of Indigenous experiences with non-Indigenous Canada.

My clients live with the threat of violence their entire lives. Violence inflicted on them and their loved ones by non-Indigenous people.

From an early age they learn the cruel reality that being a visibly identifiable Indigenous person in Canada means they live with a heightened risk of being insulted, attacked and killed by non-Indigenous people.

From Colten Boushie to Tina Fontaine, to a grandfather and his granddaughter handcuffed outside a bank in downtown Vancouver, violence against Indigenous people is the Canadian reality.

It is a violence that extends beyond the personal. It has been an ever-present tool in the colonization and continuing oppression and displacement of Indigenous people in Canada.

From Indigenous perspectives, Canadian history is a horror show of violence. From Governor Cornwallis’ bounty on Mi’kmaq scalps, to military attacks on the fledgling Métis Nation, to Louis Riel hanged in Regina, to John A. Macdonald’s policy of starvation of the Plains Cree, to Poundmaker’s imprisonment, to the hanging of Tsilhqot’in Chiefs, to residential schools and the 60s scoop, the list goes on and on.

Importantly, Canadian state-sanctioned violence against Indigenous people is not simply a matter of history and easy apologies. It is a modern-day reality. Think back over the last 20 years: Oka, Gustafsen Lake, Ipperwash, Burnt Church, Elsipogtog, Unist’ot’en.

Yesterday my Wet’suwet’en clients in northern British Columbia again faced the reality of what it too often means to be an Indigenous person in Canada. While Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and their supporters seek to defend their land against a multinational pipeline company and a provincial government that appears to believe reconciliation occurs at the end of a gun, the RCMP again amassed an armed force in an attempt to overwhelm and subdue them.

In preparation for a similar military-style raid against my clients last year, the RCMP employed a strategy of ‘lethal overwatch’ and using as much violence as they deemed necessary to ‘sterilize the site’.

This time around the RCMP assured Canadians that the police officers tasked with dismantling Wet’suwet’en camps, handcuffing unarmed land protectors and marching them off to jail had first undergone cultural awareness training.

For many Indigenous people the very language of ‘peace, order and good government’ is infused with and inseparable from real, visceral, frightening experiences of violence.....

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RESISTANCE.
Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1996, Roseau Anishinabe River First Nations Women blockade a rail line running through their reserve, 100 kilometres south of Winnipeg, to protest the governments threatening treaty rights. Jeff De Booy, The Canadian Press.

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GENOCIDE
Title ~ "WHAT IT MUST COME TO,
(with the encroachment of civilization)", 1885.
~ A towering oversized figure of the first prime minister of Canada dressed as a Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable brandishing a threatening club. He stands over a huddled and frightened First Nations family at edge of a cliff who looks back in fear, the elder is depicted holding onto a sacred pipe as the indigenous woman attempts to shield her infant. The sun sets, "Westward Ho!" over the Pacific Ocean to where, displaced of all lands, having but a few possessions and the clothes on their backs they have at last been driven. A long line of settlers and a distant westward locomotive train, puffs out clouds of steam upon which reads, "CIVILIZATION". Editorial cartoon by S. Hunter published in Toronto News, June 20, 1885.

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GENOCIDE
First Nations starved to death by the Canadian government to make way for the settlers and the railroad following the slaughter of the great Buffalo Nations.
"...Indeed, prime minister John A. Macdonald is quoted as saying, “We are doing all we can, by refusing food until the Indians are on the verge of starvation, to reduce the expense.”
Food spoiled in dominion warehouses while native people starved and sickened (one federal agent even called all the starving people of his reserve to the storehouse to hand out food, then sent them home as he laughed, calling it an April Fool’s joke), women prostituted themselves for food and government ministers blithely claimed that so long as First Nations people expected food, they would remain helpless, or, as Daschuk quotes, “it was not intended that the Indian should become self-supporting.

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..so paladin it's the hereditary chiefs that are preventing indigenous prosperity?

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1961. A Legacy of Resistance. 
"MIGHT IS RIGHT' !!!, IS THE DICTATORIAL POLICY of CANADA IN DESTROYING INDIAN NATIONS THROUGH...COLONIALISM!!!",
~ Tuscarora Chief, Mad Bear Anderson holds up a sign at the cross border Seneca Nation assertion of indigenous rights march. Irving, NY.

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Gustafson Lake, B.C. 1995.
'Sovereignty is the Issue, Canada is the Problem'

Sean in Ottawa

a side note: I have never liked any qualifiers of truth -- not "my truth" and not original truth... At the end there is just one truth.

That said, this truth is on the side of Indigenous people. You cannot make deals with people under economic blackmail, ignoring their internal structures and mandates and in a context of injustice and expect those deals to have any integity or support. 

Bottom line -- I asked this question as you can see upthread: Why were the deals made with the wrong party -- the band councils instead of the Chiefs? The answer is that the band councils are more reliant on aid for social services and more subject to economic blackmail. Otherwise why would you go to the authority without the correct mandate?

How could the Premier only now discover that we need to wait for a agreement among the nation before proceeding? 

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..nothing has changed

February 11 Invasion

NDPP

How the Unfinished Business of the Delgamuukw Decision is Fuelling Pipeline Protests Across the Country (CBC Radio)

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/day6/how-the-unfinished-business-of-the-delgamu...

"As demonstrations against the proposed Coastal GasLink pipeline continue across the country, a two decades old Supreme Court ruling is making it a challenge for the communities most affected by the project to find a solution. The Delgamuukw decision, a 1997 Supreme Court ruling, acknowledged the Gitxsan and Wet'suwet'en peoples' title over their land, and recognized a hereditary governance structure and the names of hereditary leaders.

However, the court left it up to governments and Indigenous leaders to determine how the ruling should be applied in practice. 'Leaving the Delgamuukw decision undone, as it were, means that no one knows how to bring it to a resolution', said APTN reporter Kathleen Martens..."

 

"It is encouraging to find the world watching. Until now the ongoing genocide occurred without great public concern. The crucial, hopeful, brilliant, courageous, deeply sad and simply right book by Dr Roland Chrisjohn and Shaunessy McKay entitled 'Dying to Please You: Indigenous Sucide in Contemporary Canada' explains the WHY: it is the growing awareness of the global masses to the ravages of late-stage capitalism.

The hereditary Indian leadership, unlike the collaborating Indian Act leadership, still think and feel differently and it is the presence of capitalism's excess that oppresses them unto genocide and ecocide. My own book, 'Ongoing Genocide Caused By Judicial Suppression of the 'Existing' Aboriginal Rights', explains the HOW: The judiciary is capitalism's bourgeois agent in spite of the law, not because of the law. The constitution enacts the Indians 'should not be molested or disturbed  in the Possession' of such parts of Canada as 'have not been ceded to, or purchased by Us.' Regardless, the judges in lockstep issue injunctions paving capitalism's unconstitutional final way..."

Bruce Clark: A Thought

https://rabble.ca/comment/5518616#comment-5518616

 

"As a matter of strict law, you are acting within your existing legal rights by resisting this invasion..." Clark, letter to clients, Gustafsen Lake, 1995

#WetsuwetenStrong  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelines  #ShutCanadaDown

Paladin1

epaulo13 wrote:

..so paladin it's the hereditary chiefs that are preventing indigenous prosperity?

-Indian Act.

-Reserve system.

-Non-transparency when it comes to money.

-Backbone to invistigate claims of corruption and lay charges when there's evidence.

-An ability for "average" indigenous to have their voices heard and not face intimidtion and threats of violence if they go against the chiefs.

-An actual plan enforce and not just recognize indigenous land claims - and a plan to action the return of it.

-Insure the "average" indigenous have ownership and rights of the land and not just a select few elite members.

-And accord to recognize and enforce indigenous nations the same way we go out of our way to recognize the french as a seperate nation within a nation.

-and ability to decide for themselves if they want to democratically elect leaders to represent them and speak on their behalf.

 

Start with those.

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..i misread some stuff in paladin's post..sorry. so will repost later as i've got to go out.

Paladin1

I thought your response was articulate and good. I responded but since you're editing your response I deleted mine and will wait until you repost to respond in kind.

Aristotleded24

What's with this nonsense of Trudeau continuing with his overseas trip and sending government ministers to negotiate with the demonstrators? He is the Prime Minister. He is the head of the government of Canada. He should take leadership and meet with the First Nations people directly.

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Paladin1 wrote:

I thought your response was articulate and good. I responded but since you're editing your response I deleted mine and will wait until you repost to respond in kind.

..txs. this time away i didn't really stop thinking of my response in spite of the fact that i was engaged in other things. but it came to me that you didn't respond to the question i posed to you. the list you produced, some valid some not, is a distraction from that question. also a distraction from this particular struggle. having said this i maintain that the wet’suwet’en governance system of hereditary chiefs is much more democratic than the elected band council created by the indian act. so this is my response.

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..from an email

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UNIST'OT'EN CAMP CALLOUT

Unist'ot'en is calling for people known to camp, or vouched for by people known to camp who can stay for two weeks or longer to come to camp. If you fit this description and can come up in the near future register here (http://unistoten.camp/come-to-camp/camp-registration/)

Video From Successful Government Shut Down in Victoria! (https://www.instagram.com/p/B8j3YZDlj58/)

SOLIDARITY STATEMENTS

The outpouring of support for this movement has been beautiful. Read and support some of these incredibly powerful Solidarity Statements

Canadian Muslim Community Members Stand with the Wet'suwet'en Nation (https://mfso.ca/wetsuweten-nation-solidarity/?fbclid=IwAR1wTk-ryfP535W0w...)

Palestinians Stand in Solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en Nation  (https://www.bdsmovement.net/news/palestinians-stand-solidarity-wetsuwete...)

Why do Filipinx Youth Activists Support the Wet'suwet'en Land Defenders? (https://anakbayancanada.org/2020/02/09/wetsuweten-english/?fbclid=IwAR0s...)

Solidarity Statement: Asians in Support of Wet'suwet'en Jurisdiction and Governance (https://asiansinsupportofwetsuweten.water.blog/)
Read this statement in  Chinese, Japanese, Turkish, Vietnamese, Bangla, Korean, and Tagolog. Statement will soon be available in Indonesian, Malay, Punjabi, Urdu, Farsi, Hindi, Arabic, and Sinhalese.
https://twitter.com/PeeJayAitch/status/1228430595585216512?ref_src=twsrc...
Indigenous led action shuts down rail line and busiest street in Chilliwack today! (https://twitter.com/PeeJayAitch/status/1228430595585216512?ref_src=twsrc...)

Toronto's Busiest Intersection Occupied Last Night (https://www.facebook.com/OccupyCanada/videos/192897101771112/)

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Brent Patterson: Rail Blockades Are Proving To Be An Effective Non-Violent Response to State Violence

https://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/brent-patterson/2020/02/rail-blockades-...

"In the early hours of February 6, militarized Canadian police began a five-day long assault on the unceded and soverign territory of the Wet'suwet'en people in northern British Columbia to facilitate the construction of a fracked gas pipeline that lacks that nation's consent. Nine days later, Wet'suwet'en land defender Dinize Sle ohn tsiy tweeted that a heavy RCMP presence on Wet'suwet'en territory continues.

In response to this violation of the rule of law (notably the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples), Indigenous peoples and their allies took to the rails to demand that the RCMP and TC Energy Coastal GasLink, the company behind the controversial pipeline, remove themselves from Wet'suwet'en territory. Hours after the invasion began, the Mohawks established a blockade on the railway tracks near Belleville Ontario. By Saturday, February 8, the Gitxsan had established a blockade on the railway line near New Hazelton, British Columbia. Several other railway blockades were also soon established across the country.

Andrew Scheer's possible successor Erin O'Toole released a video in which he said he 'will fight to take back Canada.' Do you notice politicians, transnational corporations and their lobby groups responding in this way to online petitions, letters to the editor, leaflets or rallies? No, not likely.

In April 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr wrote from a jail cell: 'Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. We have a long way to go perhaps, before the RCMP and Coastal GasLink are removed from Wet'suwet'en territory.

Vancouver Island - based Mohawk scholar Taiaiake Alfred suggested this could even be a revolutionary moment. He said: 'I can remember saying 15, 20 years ago, that if we ever had a development in our movement when the power of Indigenous nationhood and Indigenous rights could be melded and brought together with the power of young Canadians who are committed to the environment and social justice, it will be revolutionary..."

 

Mona Mazigh: Justin Trudeau Lectures Others About Human Rights While Forgetting Issues at Home

https://rabble.ca/columnists/2020/02/justin-trudeau-lectures-others-abou...

"In his recent visit to African countries, Prime Minister Trudeau has been trying to convince African leaders that Canada deserves their support. In Senegal, Trudeau boasted to journalists that he was 'a great defender of human rights.' While reminding Senegal President Macky Sall of the importance of human rights, Trudeau must have forgotten that in Wet'suwet'en territory in northern [not] 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. Trudeau's diplomatic charm operation has so far cost $2 million, and there is no guarantee that Canada will end up getting the Security Council seat. Canada might lose to one of its competitors, Norway and Ireland, who are doing much better respectively in terms of foreign aid and siding with the Palestinian cause. These issues matter tremendously to African countries but Trudeau has kept silent..."

 

#EcocideIsGenocide  #ShutCanadaDown   #SovereigntyIsTheIssueCanadaIsTheProblem   #WetsuwetenStrong  #ToTheBarricadesIntoTheStreets  #NoTreatyNoJurisdictionNoPipelines #WhereIsJustin

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Hereditary Chiefs Reaffirm Commitment to Enforce Eviction of CGL

Blockades have caused over 60 shipping vessels to be stalled (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/economic-impact-cn-rail-...) on the coast of so called British Columbia

New Rail Blockades being held with mass numbers started today in Vancouver and Toronto

Marc Miller, current Minister of Indigenous Services is on location and beginning talks in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, pursuant to the Haudenousanee Silver Covenant Chain.

As people hold it down in the streets Wet'suwet'en on the front line are holding healing ceremony today traveling to each camp that was raided by the RCMP.

The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs have reaffirmed their commitment to enforce the eviction of Coastal Gas Link, and the pressure for the RCMP to leave Wet'suwet'en territories is only building as protests and rail blockades proliferate across the country.

Good New Articles
The Wet'suwet'en are More United than Pipeline Backers Want you to Think (https://www.macleans.ca/opinion/the-wetsuweten-are-more-united-than-pipe...)

Canada: Protests go Mainstream as Support for Wet'suwet'en Pipeline Fight Widens (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/14/wetsuweten-coastal-gaslink...)

The Wet'suwet'en, Aboriginal Title, and the Rule of Law (https://www.firstpeopleslaw.com/index/articles/438.php)

https://www.facebook.com/unistoten/videos/191168368755924/
New video from Sub.Media: "When all else fails.... Wet'suwet'en Supporters Block the Rails" (https://www.facebook.com/unistoten/videos/191168368755924/)

Hundreds of people holding down a rail blockade in Toronto! (https://www.facebook.com/WcccToronto/posts/3024239830941334?__tn__=K-R)

Ongoing Currently

"Supporters are stopping westbound trains from the Brampton Intermodal Terminal in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en. Bring friends, dress warmly, and join them at the back parking lot of the TTC Pioneer Village Stataion Parking Lot (2800 Steeles Ave - walk towards the tracks that run north of the parking lot). ❤️"

Rising Tide Toronto Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/RisingTideToronto/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARDfOh...)

Ongoing Rail Action in Vancouver at Renfew St North of Grandview Avenue! (https://www.facebook.com/events/173566560765063/)

Come out to Renfew and Grandview if you can!

According to Natalie Knight, Yurok and Navajo organizer: “We also choose this site in solidarity with and recognition of displaced and migrant communities. We want to recognize the shared history of violence experienced by Indigenous people, and Punjabi and Chinese communities in so-called BC. Both Punjabi and Chinese people were displaced from their own lands due to the violence of British colonialism and the parallels between this colonial violence and the violence experienced by Indigenous people here is clear and ongoing.”

http://www.risingupwithsonali.com/2020/02/13/wetsuweten-land-defenders-f...

Important Interview with Jen Whickam on the ongoing fight in Wet'suwet'en Territories (http://www.risingupwithsonali.com/2020/02/13/wetsuweten-land-defenders-f...)
https://www.facebook.com/realpeoplesmedia2016/videos/214359986386361/
Video from Mohawk Meeting with Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller today (https://www.facebook.com/realpeoplesmedia2016/videos/214359986386361/)
More from the Toronto Rail Action

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Mohawk Meeting with Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller

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This visit from the Minister and his wish to 'polish the Covenant Chain' has of course only occurred because he is compelled to do so by the situation on the ground and the adverse effects and  political consequences of any attempted  solution based on force. As a Mohawk acquaintance once told me. 'We had respect from the Colonizers for our nations and our jurisdiction only so long as we had the power to  compel that respect and enforce that jurisdiction, and as soon as we lost that power, we lost the respect and our jurisidiction. So let there be no misunderstanding here. The minister is standing in the cold, in respectful willingness to negotiate and recommit to this ancient enduring agreement only because he and his government have no other choice.

This  leverage should be increased, not lessened or dispensed with lightly, as I'm sure all concerned with the best possible outcome for all our peoples, the planet and generations to come, are well aware. Canada's 'business as usual' cannot and should not be allowed to continue. The removal of the RCMP and CGL and return of Wet'suwet'en territory and recognition of sovereignty to its lawful guardians must be only the beginning of a necessary healing process and a true,  authentic Recognition, Reconciliation and Redistribution  from sea to shining sea. Not just another meaningless, manipulative, shameful, sleazy PR campaign for dishonest, dishonourable politicians, opportunists and hustlers to steal, damage and hurt even more than they have already.

All Honour and Respect to the Rising Resistance: The Peoples United Can Never Be Defeated!

#EcocideIsGenocide  #WetsuwetenStrong  #DecolonizeCanada  #StopThatTrain

For the return of HONOUR: HealingOurNationsOfUnitedResistance!

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BC NDP MLAs All Voted For LNG Incentives - And They Only Have Themselves To Blame

https://www.straight.com/news/1360831/bc-ndp-mlas-all-voted-lng-incentiv...

Today, CBC News will carry a story about an alternate route for the Coastal GasLink pipeline which was proposed by the Office of the Wet'suwet'en. BC Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Church's recent court ruling cited several reasons for the company's decision to reject them, 'including inappropriateness for the diameter of the pipeline, increased cost, the desire to avoid urban areas and greater adverse environmental impacts'. That court order triggered an RCMP enforcement action this month, which led to the arrests of Wet'suwet'en people and their invited guests. That was followed by blockades on rail lines, roads and port infrastructure.

In the first phase, the pipeline will transport 2.1 billion cubic feet per day, with a potential expansion to five billion cubic feet per day. A week ago, Nanaimo-Cowichan Green MP Paul Manly told the Nanaimo Bulletin that the pipeline will travel through 'the historic Kweese trail,' which is thousands of years old and has ancient burial grounds and archaeological sites. 'This is where they do their cultural training for their young people,' Manly stated in the interview. 'This is where they do their hunting and their trapping and their berry picking. This is where they built a healing center...which is being attacked today. This is their territory and these blockades they have set up, they are asserting their sovereignty over their territory.'

This week, the former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Senator Murray Sinclair, commented on the company's contracts with elected chiefs and councils. In a blog post, the former Manitoba judge wrote that these community-benefits agreements cannot be constrewed as 'proper consent' for a pipeline crossing over traditional Wet'suwet'en territory. According to Sinclair, the courts have recognized that Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs,  not the elected chiefs, 'have an overall say over unceded territory.'Nonetheless, the Environmental Assessment Office disregarded the hereditary chiefs' concerns.

Former BC Green Leader Andrew Weaver claims that the BC NDP government was repealing the income portion of the BC Liberals' legislation. That would undermine the generation of revenue. But the BC NDP kept in place the BC Liberals giveaways. And that's why Weaver said the 'sellout would continue at staggering levels.' Moreover, Weaver noted that the LNG Canada plant would add 3.45 mega tonnes of carbon-dioxide equivalent emissions per year to the atmosphere.

The BC NDP government under John Horgan's leadership has given the go-ahead to a colossally expensive hydroelectric dam to supply costly electricity to a heavily subsidized LNG plant. It will, in turn, generate more greenhouse gas emissions than any other single project in the country unless Teck's Frontier oilsands mine is approved by the federal government. The LNG plant requires the Coastal GasLink pipeline, which has triggered Indigenous and environmental uprising across the country, crippling critical infrastructure and creating economic uncertainty. It's also resulted in costly police enforcement activities and court cases. All this has happened as LNG prices have crashed in Asisa.

In light of this, the Horgan government's level of incompetence is breathtaking. No wonder there's a rebellion underway and protesters tried blocking the entrances to the BC legislature this week. Who can blame them?"

#EcocideIsGenocide  #ShutThisShitDown  #WetsuwetenStrong  #NoTreatyNoPipelines  #WhereIsJustin

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 Swanson: Shut Down Canada Until it Solves Its War, Oil and Genocide Problem

https://worldbeyondwar.org/shut-down-canada-until-it-solves-its-war-oil-...

"Indigenous people in Canada are giving the world a demonstration of the power of nonviolent action. The justification of their cause - defending the land from those who would destroy it for short term profit [see #249 above] and the elimination of a habitable climate on earth - combined with their courage and the absence on their part of cruelty or hatred, has the potential to create a much larger movement, which is of course the key to success. The Canadian government, like its southern neighbor, has an unacknowledged addiction to the war-oil-genocide problem.  Canada should be shut down (as should the United States) until it recognizes that it has a problem and begins to mend its ways..."

 #WetsuwetenStrong  #ShutDownCanada  #StopThatTrain  #WhereIsJustin

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Saturday, February 15

Protest in support of Wet'suwet'en blocks trains in Vaughan rail yard

Trains leaving a rail yard in Vaughan were blocked by hundreds of anti-pipeline protesters standing in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs on Saturday.

At Macmillan Yard near Vaughan Mills shopping centre, about 200 protesters blocked westbound trains that were supposed to be heading to Hamilton, London, New York and Michigan.

As of 1 p.m., all northbound and north-west trains were also blocked.

“We are here for as long as we can be disruptive,” Indigenous Land defender Vanessa Gray said. “We are here in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en land defenders, the hereditary chiefs that oppose the pipeline, with solidarity with everyone who has faced violence from the police arrests and people who are still faced with surveillance from the police. We are here also to shut down Canada.”.....

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