On December 2018, B.C. Supreme Court issued an interim court injunction granting Coastal GasLink the go-ahead to proceed with their fracked gas pipeline on unceded Wet'suwet'en territory. Through this interim injunction, RCMP forcibly and violently invaded the Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gitdumden territory, which was announced in the Wet’suwet’en feast hall with the support of all Hereditary Chiefs present.
Coastal Gaslink's application for an injunction will be heard on January 31. The Wet’suwet’en nation is enacting their laws and jurisdiction on their territories against the violent resource extraction authorized by the federal and provincial governments. Let Unist'ot'en Camp know they are not alone.
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1. WE COMMEND the courage and vision of Unist’ot’en Camp.
2. WE ARE WATCHING across the province, country and internationally.
3. WE DENOUNCE any attempt by Coastal GasLink Pipeline, federal government, provincial government or RCMP to interfere in the rights of the Unist’ot’en to occupy, manage or maintain their lands.
4. WE DEMAND that any and all actions taken by the federal and provincial government, industry, and policing agencies must be consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Anuk Nu'at'en (Wet'suwet'en laws) and collective Title.
5. WE PLEDGE support to the frontline land defenders of Unist’ot’en Camp and affirm the collective hereditary governance of the Wet'suwet'en who are enforcing Wet'suwet'en laws on their unceded lands.
Coastal GasLink’s use of injunctions and lawsuits against Indigenous peoples is counter to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which protects Indigenous right to self-determination including Article 10 that stipulates “Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories.” According to Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, criminalization has become an increasingly common tool against Indigenous peoples: “The rapid expansion of development projects on indigenous lands without their consent is driving a global crisis. These attacks – whether physical or legal – are an attempt to silence Indigenous Peoples voicing their opposition to projects that threaten their livelihoods and cultures.”
For the past eight years the Unist’ot’en have taken a strong stand against numerous proposed pipelines that threaten their territory and community, and till date no pipeline work has been done within Unist’ot’en territory. Contractors from pipeline companies have been confronted by land defenders and peacefully turned away several times over the years. The camp has grown to a whole community in resistance including a permaculture garden, a solar powered mini-grid, and a healing lodge. The Healing Lodge in the path of Coastal GasLink pipeline is currently home to Wet’suwet’en community members who are receiving holistic and land-based treatment for substance abuse. TransCanada’s injunction application is a direct threat to the self-determination, health, wellness, and safety of the residents of the Healing Center, and an extension of the colonial violence from which Wet'suwet'en people are trying to heal.
Fracking injects vast amounts of freshwater combined with sand and 750 chemicals into drill sites to break up hard shale formations and release trapped gas below the ground. Fracking also causes large amounts of methane to escape into the atmosphere, which has a serious impact on our climate and public health. Alberta’s tar sands is the top consumer of fracked gas in Canada, accounting for one-quarter of the fracked gas used.
Due to the catastrophic and irreversible impact of fracking on water ways, land, food systems, and cultural practices, ALL the Wet'suwet'en Clans have rejected the Coastal GasLink pipeline. According to Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en Hereditary Spokesperson, "The land is not separate from us. The land sustains us. And if we don’t take care of her, she won’t be able to sustain us, and we as a generation of people will die."
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