Filed under: Action, Communique, Development, Indigenous, Land, Ontario
Report on banner drop in Guelph, Ontario in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people. Originally posted to NorthShore Counter-Info.
The Wet’suwet’en Nation is currently engaged in an ongoing struggle to protect their ancestral and unceded, sovereign territory from the Coastal Gaslink pipeline project (CGL) and the Canadian State. Just over one year after a militarized RCMP raid the Wet’suwet’en fear another raid- knowing that the RCMP will go to extreme measures, including killing, to protect industries interests. Recently, the RCMP have come under additional scrutiny for the “lethal overwatch” of Indigenous land defenders during the January 2019 raid. In an era of so-called “reconciliation” the Canadian state continues to occupy unceded Indigenous lands while violating and dismissing Indigenous sovereignty. This is not an attempt to only call out the blatant disregard for the lives of indigenous land defenders but to demand that the RCMP leave Wet’suwet’en territory altogether. #respectwetsuwetenlaw
The RCMP were created to control Indigenous peoples using violence to enforce the pass system and most oppressive sections of the Indian Act. As a continuation of this colonial legacy, the RCMP are restricting Wet’suwet’en citizens from accessing their lands. The RCMP are demanding ID from anyone attempting to enter the territory, limiting supplies from entering the territory, and claiming that individuals leaving the territory will be detained. These actions constitue a violation of Wet’suwet’en law as well as a violation of Indigenous rights enshrined in Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution.
As Canada prepares to violently invade our lands, we have no fear. We are peacefully living on our lands and upholding our laws, as we always have.
These lands will always be #Unistoten
— Unist'ot'en Camp (@UnistotenCamp) February 4, 2020
We demand that:
– The RCMP stand down and leave Wet’suwet’en territory immediately.
– The remote detachment established by the RCMP be immediately removed.
– No force or lethal weapons be used against Wet’suwet’en people and their supporters.
– The RCMP refrain from blocking access to the territory for Wet’suwet’en people and their guests.
– The Wet’suwet’en be enabled to continue to live on their land free of interference from foreign governments, including Canada.
#WetsuwetenStrong #NoTrespass #WedzinKwa #DefendTheYintah #AllEyesOnWetsuweten