Tar Sands Pipelines: In Canada, militarized police attack indigenous peoples on their own land

  • Published on February 7th, 2020

From the Indigenous Environmental Network: Watch this video of heavily militarized police invading #Wetsuweten territories. Right now dozens of militarized police with assault rifles and dogs have been deployed against unarmed Wet’suwet’en land defenders on unceded Indigenous land.

Militarized RCMP Raid Gidimt'en Monitoring Post at 39KM

SHARE WIDELY – This morning at approximately 4:30am, heavily militarized RCMP invaded unceded Wet'suwet'en territory to facilitate construction of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline. Dozens of cops with dogs and assault rifles were used to arrest 6 unarmed people. This was a monitoring post, set up to look out for Wet'suwet'en people further up the road at the Gidimt'en Checkpoint and Unist'ot'en Camp. NO ONE was violating any injunction.RCMP said they would use the least amount of force possible, but they deployed a full scale invading force. We have never ceded or surrendered this land and we never will. We stand strong. No amount of force will stop us from being Wet'suwet'en, or living on our lands.Two camps currently face the prospect of militarized police violence. We won't back down. All eyes on #Wetsuweten yintah!#WETSUWETENSTRONGDonate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/gidimt039en-strongOther ways to support: https://www.yintahaccess.com/take-action-1

Posted by Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidimt'en Territory on Thursday, February 6, 2020

By Dan Bacher

At least 100 police are part of the operation. Six arrests have been made so far, while two Wet’suwet’en home sites remain in the path of police violence, including the Unist’ot’en Healing Center founded in 2015. Watch this video of Freda Huson, Healing Center founder, giving an update 31 days after the eviction.

Unist'ot'en Day 31 Update: We're not leaving.

We're not leaving.As Canada prepares to violently invade our lands, we have no fear. We are peacefully living on our lands and upholding our laws, as we always have.31 days after Coastal Gaslink was evicted from Wet'suwet'en territory, RCMP helicopters circle the Unist'ot'en healing center several times a day.Busloads of police have taken over local community halls, airport hangers have become RCMP training grounds, while armored pickup trucks and police dogs have been spotted in the area. Canada is preparing to use militarized force to steal our lands and destroy them, with the world as witness.Our ancestors are with us. We will win.These lands will always be Unist'ot'en.#UNISTOTEN #WetsuwetenStrongSupporter toolkit: http://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit2020/Legal fund: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/unistoten2020legalfundYoutube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4U8NCzOkdAFootage rights reserved.

Posted by Unist'ot'en Camp on Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Here’s more on the ground video that was captured.

Solidarity Actions

Please support us in stopping and holding accountable these colonial invaders. Let them know the world is watching. Please share far and wide with your networks.

Background:

January 5th, 2020 Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs representing all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation evicted Coastal GasLink (CGL) from their territories. CGL does not have consent to construct their $6.6 billion fracked gas pipeline. CGL is trying to push through their project on unceded Indigenous territories.

“Under ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law) all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals and have not provided free, prior, and informed consent to Coastal Gaslink/TransCanada to do work on Wet’suwet’en lands.”

The Royal Canadian Mountain Police are invading the land to clear it of Indigenous land defenders and their supporters so that CGL can continue work. Hereditary Chief Dsta’hyl (Liksamisu Clan) said, “wet’suwet’en will enforce the eviction of Coastal Gaslink with any means at their disposal.”

You can donate to legal defense/support funds here:
Gidimt’en: https://bit.ly/389LIoo
Unist’ot’en: https://bit.ly/2SnIiYy
Likht’samisyu: https://bit.ly/388m3wu

Breaking Updates from Day

To follow the events of the invasion:
https://www.facebook.com/unistoten/
https://www.facebook.com/wetsuwetenstrong/
@UnistotenCamp

Click here for the 2020 Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolkit

Today’s News Coverage from on the ground media: The Tyee and Vice
MORE MEDIA BACKGROUND

Hashtags for Social Media:
#LANDBACK
#WETSUWETENSTRONG
#SHUTDOWNCANADA
Short Documentary Film on The Story: INVASION

About the Author

Dan Bacher is an environmental journalist in Sacramento who focuses on California's water issues, a healthy environment for the salmon fishery of the Northwest, and the attempts by big agriculture and big oil to hog all the water.
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