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'Reconciliation is dead and we will shut down Canada,' Wet'suwet'en supporters say

<b>'Reconciliation is dead and we will shut down Canada,' Wet'suwet'en supporters say</b>Transport minister calls train blockades 'dangerous and illegal' as demonstrators supporting anti-pipeline chiefs in northern B.C. stage protests across the country
A movement that looks like a First Nations' revolution in the Americas has begun. "No more Canada! No more! This is all our territory, straight from the Pacific ocean to the Atlantic ocean. From coast to coast, from Alaska to Argentina. This whole continent is indigenous territories. This whole continent! We gonna take our land back.", one organizer declares. Over 100 actions have taken place this week throughout Canada, and many more are planned. Organizers say they intend to demonstrate for a long time. They have brought in coffee and food to support the protesters, as well as extra sweaters for those who are cold. There is the ongoing occupation of Carolyn Bennett's office in Toronto, occupation of Department of Justice in Ottawa, Tyendinaga rail blockade, Six Nations blockade, Occupation of BC Legislature, Highway 19 Blockade in Courtenay, Gitxsan Rail Blockade in New Hazelton, and Haíłzaqv Solidarity Lockdown in Bella Bella. "Reconciliation is dead and we will shut down Canada until Canada pays attention and listens to and meets our demands.", said Cricket Guest, an Anishinaabekwe Métis who demonstrated with Indigenous youth and climate change activists in Toronto. "We've been resisting for 500 years and we’ll be resisting for 500 more if that's what it takes to earn the respect and have a real nation-to-nation relationship," Guest said. "We are conducting peaceful actions as sovereign peoples on our territories, and ask that all actions taken in solidarity are conducted peacefully and according to the traditional laws of other Indigenous Nations. Forcible trespass onto Wet'suwet'en territories and the removal of Indigenous peoples from their lands must be stopped. Provincial and federal governments must be confronted.", he added. The federal government is getting dragged into a spiraling protest movement as blockades and demonstrations of solidarity with Wet'suwet'en chiefs in British Columbia spread across the country, snarling passenger train traffic and the shipment of goods. The dispute in Wet'suwet'en territory has high economic and political stakes. At the center of the conflict is a multi-billion dollar natural gas project -- touted as the largest private sector investment in Canadian history -- and an assertion by Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs that no pipelines can be built through their traditional territory without their consent. The $6-billion, 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline has received approval from the province, and 20 First Nations band councils have signed agreements in support of the project, including five of the six band councils in the Wet'suwet'en nation. However, the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs say those band councils are only responsible for the territory within their individual reserves because their authority comes only from the Indian Act. Hereditary clan chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en nation say the project has no authority without their consent and are attempting to block its progress. The 670-kilometre pipeline from British Columbia’s northeast to the coast will supply the $40-billion LNG Canada export facility in Kitimat.


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Cathy Vikulchik 2020-02-18 at 02:05

Wetsuweten protests solidarity statement
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Cathy Vikulchik 2020-02-18 at 02:02

International support for the Wetsuweten grows as organizations express their solidarity. This solidarity statement was originally sent around and signed in February 2019. But in February 2020 it started circulating again and is gaining many more new signatories in response to the RCMP raid on Wet'suwet'en territory which has happened in the past weeks. Hundreds more academics are signing daily.

Solidarity Statement from Professors and Scholars in Support of the Wet'suwet'en people

Over 5000 Professors and Scholars from across Canada and around the world sign "Statement of Solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en people of British Columbia"
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Cathy Vikulchik 2020-02-18 at 01:21

Image Coastal GasLink pipeline route from Dawson Creek to Kitimat
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