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All Eyes on Wet’suwet’en!
Statement from Gidim’ten Checkpoint
The Gidim’ten Checkpoint has notified that for the fourth time in four years, they have received information that “dozens of militarized RCMP are en route to Wet’suwet’en territory, to facilitate construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline and to steal our unceded lands at gunpoint. We continue to hold the drill pad site, where Coastal Gaslink plans to tunnel beneath our pristine and sacred headwaters.
“Two charter planes from Nanaimo have touched down in the town of Smithers on unceded Cas Yikh territory. RCMP have booked up local hotels for the next month. We have also received word from the Union of BC Indian Chiefs that the C-IRG unit of the RCMP — the paramilitary unit that protects private industries who are seeking to destroy Indigenous lands — are being deployed onto our lands.”
The land defenders call for concrete support as “we continue to stand up for our lands, our waters, and our future generations.”
The land defenders add:
November 18th, 2021 marked the first day of a two-day militarized raid on Gidimt’en territory to violently push forward Coastal GasLink’s LNG pipeline. One month later land defenders retook Coyote Camp!
Snipers, attack dogs, assault weapons, and arrests will not stop us. We will always stand against colonial violence. When CGL burned our cabin down, the embers ignited the fires of justice! We will never back down from the fight to protect Wedzin Kwa for our future generations.
We are grateful for each other, we are grateful for all your support, and amidst ongoing colonial violence we are holding space for joy, laughter, and celebration of our magical yintah.
We are calling for supporters to join us on the ground, or take action where you stand.
– Come to the yintah
– Host a solidarity rally or action in your area
– Issue a solidarity statement from your organization or group. Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
– Pressure the government, banks, and investors
– Spread the word
(Renewal Update, posted January 3, 2022)