Rally to Support Unist'ot'en
This event will begin in the covered area of the Central Library @11:45. At noon we will take the streets for a short march to the courthouse where, from 12:15, we will hear speakers, listen to the Supreme Court Choir, and make our support for Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and the Unist'ot'en Yintah heard!
We want to show our support for Unist'ot'en and the five hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en who continue to assert jurisdiction over their territories and steadfastly say 'NO consent for fracked gas pipelines!'.
We are gathering on the same day as TransCanada coerces Freda and Smogelgm to appear in Prince George before a colonial court in its attempt to use the RCMP to displace the Unist'ot'en from their landbase. We denounce how colonialism continues to come down to this: settler institutions ignoring their own commitments, to UNDRIP and Reconciliation, in the name of corporate profit and the continuation of an apocalyptic settler economy. We don't want the next Oka, Ts'Peten or Elsipogtog. Instead, we want the critical infrastructure of indigeneity to flourish, at Unist'ot'en and beyond.
This event is taking place on Lekwungen Territory where the Esquimalt and Songhees FN continue to live and resurge. In thinking of the continued attempt to impose settler culture on indigenous people we wish to invite fellow settlers to consider how the violation of indigenous consent continues to occur at all scales on this territory, from the intimate disruption of Lekwungen kinship relations to the large-scale ventures of state and capital.
Similar Rallies are occuring at the Vancouver and Prince George Courthouses
The Unist’ot’en Camp is a permanent Indigenous re-occupation of Wet’suwet’en land in Northern British Columbia, Canada. The Camp has existed for nine years and is a homestead and healing center. It is along the proposed route of multiple LNG pipelines, including Coastal GasLink. Coastal Gas Link Ltd. is a project of TransCanada Corporation. The proposed pipeline would send fracked gas from Dawson Creek to Kitimat, B.C. “All Wet'suwet'en Clans have rejected the pipeline because our medicines, our food, and our water are all here and not replaceable. These legal challenges ignore the jurisdiction and authority of hereditary chiefs and our feast system of governance, which was recognized in the 1997 Deglamuukw-Gisday'wa Supreme Court case.
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