All Out for Wet’suwet’en
Stand with Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders! RCMP and Coastal Gaslink Get Off Wet’suwet’en Territory!
In the pre-dawn hours, shortly before 5:00 am (PST) on Thursday, February 6, 13 RCMP units descended on the 39km Trading/Supply Post on Wet’suwet’en territory, breaking down a defence wall constructed by the land defenders and arresting everyone who was in the camp, except for media who were detained and taken out of the area in police vehicles. There were reports of guns being drawn and communications were lost with that checkpoint after RCMP reportedly smashed the window of the radio vehicle. The RCMP have now made a total of six arrests today on Gidimt’en territories. A police exclusion zone has been implemented and Indigenous people are being forcefully removed from their territories by the colonial state.
A call has been issued for international solidarity actions to demand that the RCMP and Coastal Gaslink get out of Wet’suwet’en unceded territory. See Facebook link below for information on actions.
A statement issued by the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs Wednesday morning, February 5, noting that the enforcement of the Coastal Gaslink injunction zone was imminent, says:
“We are peaceful people and we have every right to protect the land that defines and sustains us. We continue to honour our ancient laws, shaped over millennia to ensure a sustainable relationship with the land; while BC and Canada fail to honour their recent commitments to reconciliation and to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.
“The world is watching RCMP and CGL’s militarized invasion of our territories. Massih (thank you) to all our allies who continue to use your voices and actions to stand with us. We are protecting our right to exist as Indigenous people, while protecting the land and water for everyone’s future generations.”