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Update on land reclamation struggles being waged on Wet’suwet’en territory in so-called British Columbia.
Construction work is ongoing to strengthen the various Wet’suwet’en front lines. Meanwhile Coastal GasLink continues to push ahead with its fracked gas pipeline. The following are various opportunities for people with construction and other skills to stand with the Wet’suwet’en.
Unist’ot’en Healing Lodge and other Village Structures
During the last week of October and early November there will be a concerted push to complete the Healing Lodge. This beautiful and functional building has become the key embodiment of the Wet’suwt’en fight for sovereignty and against industrial destruction. The Healing Lodge is about 95% complete – it would be a great achievement to be able to declare this project finished this fall. Over the last several months good progress has also been made on other Village structures including a root cellar, tool shed and green house. These projects also require some additional work.
All levels and varieties of skills (construction and other) are needed. If you can join us during this time, please:
1. Send an email, and
2. Go to https://unistoten.camp/come-to-camp/camp-registration/ to apply to attend the Unist’ot’en Village
Of course, volunteers are needed at all times at the Unist’ot’en Village, so please apply to come whatever your availability is.
Other Wet’suwet’en Clans also need construction help.
There will be a Sovereign Likhts’amisyu Action Camp from September 25th to October 4th. This is its first-ever action camp on traditional territory recently reclaimed from the Canadian state. The Likhts’amisyu is building a community on the site of an ancient village. The focus is on creating a Climate Change Research Centre – a complement to the healing focus of the Unist’ot’en Village.
The Action Camp will be multi-faceted with many activities besides construction going on. And, as with all the front lines, allies are needed at all times – not just during the Action Camp. For more information and to apply to attend, go to https://likhtsamisyu.com
The Gidimt’en Clan has established a substantial presence on its Territory. Work is ongoing to strengthen this place – which was the location of the largest recent confrontation in the Wet’suwet’en stand to protect its land. As you will recall, it was here in January of this year that the militarised RCMP arrested and brutalised 14 members and allies of the Gidimt’en Clan. Work is ongoing to strengthen this assertion of Gidimt’en sovereignty.
For more information and to apply to come to Gidimt’en Territory, go here.
Coastal GasLink, and its allies in government and the RCMP, tramples on Indigenous sovereignty, ignores the environmental consequences of its actions and thinks only of dollars to be made. But, the Wet’suwet’en Nation has defended its lands for thousands of years. Never defeated in battle, never signed a treaty, never negotiated away its land, the Wet’suwet’en live by their longstanding principles.
With good will and determination, this fight can be won.
Stand with the Wet’suwet’en! Stand with those protecting our ability to live on this Earth!