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Resistance continues on Wet’suwet’en territory, as blockades and direct resistance to Coast Gaslink (CGL) enters into its second month, in only the latest chapter of struggle against resource extraction and RCMP brutality against Native sovereignty.
The #CIRG Unit has returned and are testing the waters again. It looks as though things are beginning to escalate again. All this while @jjhorgan @nathancullen @JustinTrudeau and @POTUS are romancing about #COP26 and pretending to care about anything but profits and corporations. pic.twitter.com/z0rKang6Zh
— Likhts’amisyu (Fireweed) Clan (@Likhtsamisyu) November 3, 2021
In a statement from Yintah Access:
One month ago, we reoccupied Ludhis Bin territory by Wedzin Kwa, where Coastal GasLink pipeline wants to drill underneath our sacred headwaters. There’s now a clan cabin on the drill pad site where CGL plans to drill under Wedzin Kwa. In 2010, there were 13 proposed pipeline projects to go through Wet’suwet’en territory. Investors were forced to pull out of these mega-destructive projects through our territory and CGL pipeline is the only one left, from Enbridge, Pacific Trails Pipeline, Spectra, Pembina, and several others. Within the first days of the reoccupation there were violent arrests and police brutality on unarmed welcome guests on Cas Yikh yintah. We put a callout for solidarity from our neighboring nations and from our allies. The Haudenosaunee showed up and walked the RCMP out of the territory and they haven’t returned.
The drill pad site was occupied September 25th and remains today as a testament to the willpower, resilience, and strength of spirit of our frontline Indigenous warriors. We cannot and will not give up this fight for our future. Despite escalated police brutality, threats, and daily harassment, Coyote Camp remains strong as we celebrate a hard-won month of freedom on liberated land. We will not stand by while our territories are destroyed.
In 2010, there were 13 proposed pipeline projects through these territories to create a Carbon Corridor via the Trans Pacific Partnership. The Wet’suwet’en re-occupation of our traditional territories and an Indigenous wall of resistance all along the west coast forced the investors to pull out of these projects over and over.
Today CGL is the only project left in the wake of a trail of failed projects, and they will suffer the same fate as their predecessors have. This pipeline will not succeed.
We must employ all the collective strength in our hearts and minds to stop the machine of global empire that is destroying us. The time on the world clock is NOW to unify around our common goal as beings on this planet, to honor Indigenous sovereignty and put an end to end of history! We are in this fight for the long haul and we will not back down. We call on all our allies around the world to RISE UP for our final battle with industry giants, and go ALL OUT FOR WEDZIN KWA.
Since It’s Going Down last reported, Chief Dtsa’Hyl of the Likhts’amisyu and Kolin Sutherland-Wilson of the Gitxsan fireweed clan, have both been released from jail and the RCMP has again “attempted to come in to [the] Coyote Camp and failed;” once again pushed by land defenders.
Actions have continued in solidarity with the ongoing struggle:
— Mtl Contre-information (@MTLCounterInfo) November 1, 2021
- On Tuesday, October 6th, responding to a call to pressure RBC banks to divest from the Coast Gaslink project, anarchists carried out a string of solidarity actions. According to Montreal Counter-Info:
RBC finances the Coastal GasLink pipeline. On the night of Tuesday October 26, anarchists in Montreal coordinated some actions in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders. We smashed the windows at 5 RBC branches across the city, and used a fire-extinguisher filled with paint to vandalize the facade of another.
In the lead up to the Olympics on stolen Native land in 2010, rebels across so-called Canada attacked the sponsor RBC. Over a decade later, it is time to recreate this inspiring wave.
If RBC wants to fuck around, RBC is going to find out. The institutions, companies, and individuals responsible for ecocidal industry have names and addresses. RBC branches, ATMs, CEOs and board members are no exception.
- On October 27th on Gidimt’en territory:
On Wednesday morning an action was put into effect in response to the posturing of RCMP in Likhts’amisyu territory which is approx 40 km away from the Gidimt’en drill site occupation. The action was in solidarity with Chief Dtsa’hyl who, while acting as an enforcement officer for Likhts’amisyu clan disabled 10 heavy machines which were being used to destroy their unceded territory and build a new road, which CGL says they own. It was assumed by police presence and a variety of other factors that enforcement would occur, and it did. The main objective was to show force, solidarity, and defiance to the incursion of the Canadian state and industry on Wet’suwet’en Yintah.
The action consisted of several components and was completed without arrests or injury. Tactics were deployed successfully and though police presence and security/worker aggression had potential for escalation and direct conflict, none occurred.
Highway 6 is closed between greens road and argyle street in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en. pic.twitter.com/TDLvgp7Pcx
— Skyler Williams (@landbackskyler) October 28, 2021
The Highway 6 bypass in Caledonia, Ont., has been shut down by protesters, in support of Indigenous land defenders in B.C. Skyler Williams, spokesperson for 1492 Land Back Lane, said the action was carried out in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs who are against a pipeline through their territory in northern B.C.
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