Raising Resistance: Solidarity with the Unist’ot’en.————————————————–
Call for actions on Tuesday November 27th
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* Press release: (coming)
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List of actions on Tues Nov 27th:
Trinidad: Canadian High Commission at 10:30 am. 3-3A Sweet Briar Rd.,
St. Clair, Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Organized by
Rights Action Group and Trini Eco Warriors.
Edmonton: Noon at Royal Bank, 10843 82 Avenue Northwest. FB event here.
Hamilton: Noon at Royal Bank, Jackson Square. FB event here.
Prince George: 10 am in front of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council building and Royal Bank main branch, 1460 6th Ave. FB event here.
Regina: Noon at Royal Bank, 11th & Hamilton. FB event here.
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories: Noon at Apache Canada, 200 Burrard St (corner Cordova).
Victoria: Noon at Royal Bank Main Branch, 1079 Douglas. FB event here.
Read below about getting involved and organizing an action in your community
In inspiring resistance this past week, the Unist’ot’en and
Grassroots Wet’suwet’en have, yet again, evicted pipelines from their
November 20th, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Toghestiy intercepted and
issued an eagle feather to surveyors from the Can-Am Geomatics company
who were working for Apache’s proposed natural gas Pacific Trails
Pipeline (PTP). In Wet’suwet’en law, an eagle feather is used as a first
and only notice of trespass. The surveyors were ordered to leave the
territory and the road leading into the territory has been closed to all
industry activities until further notice. The materials that were left
behind by the work crew are being held until Apache and PTP agree to
open up appropriate lines of communication with the Unist’ot’en and
grassroots Wet’suwet’en according to the Free Prior and Informed Consent
protocol and laws of their unceded territories. The Unist’ot’en are
against all pipelines slated to cross through their territories, which
include Enbridge Northern Gateway, Kinder Morgans northern proposal,
Pembina, and Spectra.
The Unis’tot’en are now calling for solidarity andHere is how you can get involved for Tues Nov 27:
support actions to reaffirm their position and to amplify the message to
Industry and Government that no proposed pipelines will proceed in
their territories. There is a call for immediate actions on Tuesday
November 27th to ensure that corporations, investors, and governments
get a clear message that they have no right or jurisdiction to approve
development on Unist’ot’en lands.
- Find a local office near you; it could be a corporate office or a
government office. Suggestions include: Encana, Apache or EOG who are
partnering in PTP; Royal Bank of Canada or Jarislowsky Fraser Limited
who are Encana’s largest investors; or provincial or federal offices.
- Any action or presence, large or small, at these offices is welcome.
Get the message out that there will no pipelines on Unist’ot’en lands
and that these pipelines are harmful to the land and the community.
These extractive projects are based on a fundamentally destructive
colonial and capitalist model that forces profits ahead of Indigenous
self-determination and stewardship, destroys and exploits the land and
ecosystems, and disregards the safety and health of communities
including those who have to work the poisonous jobs in these industries.
- Please take photos and videos of your action.
- We have basic flyers and media information available that you can download and use.
- Spread the word. Share this web link and this FB event. Also like the FB page for ongoing updates
If you can organize an action, please let us know by Sunday November 25th
so that we can list it (or do a surprise action!). If you do want to
coordinate, please email Harsha at harsha at resist.ca, Toghestiy at
toghestiy at gmail.com, and Julien at sesame at riseup.net.
The “Raising Resistance” call to action is issued by the Unist’ot’en
and grassroots Wet’suwet’en and is supported by Algonquins of Barriere
Lake, Anishinabek Oshkimaadiziig Unity Camp, Asubpeeschoseewagong
(Grassy Narrows) Land Defenders, Boreal Forest Network, Canadian Union
of Public Employees Local 3903 First Nations Solidarity Working Group,
Climate Justice Research/Action (Science for Peace), Council of
Canadians, Deep Green Resistance, Indigenous Environmental Network,
Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade, Independent Jewish
Voices-Toronto, Indigenous Action Movement, Indigenous Peoples
Solidarity Movement-Ottawa, Indigenous People’s Solidarity
Movement-Winnipeg, Indigenous Reoccupation of Ancestral Lands-Ahousaht
Sovereign Territory, Indigenous Sovereignty and Solidarity
Network-Toronto, International League of People’s Struggles-Canada,
Leadnow, Mining Justice Alliance, Native Youth Movement, No One Is
Illegal-Toronto, No One Is Illegal-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories,
Rising Tide-Vancouver Coast Salish Territories, Rising Tide-Toronto,
ShitHarperDid, Sierra Club-Prairie Chapter, Streams of Justice,
Submedia.tv, Tadamon, Toronto Bolivia Solidarity, Truth Fool, Turning
the Tide Bookstore, Vancouver Island Community Forest Action Network.
Please email us if you would like to add your name to the list of
The Unist’ot’en community’s website, including news releases and videos from latest events:
A short video explaining the community’s struggle can be found at:
Donate winter gear and supplies to the Unist’ot’en action camp:
BC First Nation members evict pipeline surveyors and setup road block:
Fractured Land video and project:
What is Pacific Trails Pipeline?
Of the many proposed pipeline projects that would cross through
Unist’ot’en land, Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP) is the first one slated
to begin construction and poses and immediate threat. PTP is a $1
billion partnership between Apache Canada, Encana Corporation, and EOG
Resources (Enron Oil and Gas). The 463-kilometer pipeline would connect a
liquified natural gas terminal in Kitimat to Summit Lake near Prince
George in northeastern BC, with the aim of transporting upto 1 million
cubic feet of natural gas per day, extracted through hydraulic
fracturing of shale gas (fracking), to international markets through
supertankers. The BC government approved the pipeline’s expanded
capacity in April 2012.
What is Wrong with Fracking?
While industry sells fracking as a “green transition fuel,” ecologist
specialist Robert Howarth from Cornell University, says it clearly:
“Shale gas is worse than conventional gas, and is, in fact, worse than
coal and worse than oil.” A number of doctors, including the chief
medical officer at the U.S. National Center for Environmental Health and
the New Brunswick College of Family Physicians, have called for a
moratorium on fracking. A number of jurisdictions, including France,
Quebec, and New York, currently have moratoriums on fracking. Last year,
three Kainai women from the Blood Tribe in southern Alberta were
arrested for preventing a column of trucks from leaving a Murphy Oil
well site and vowing not to move until fracking plans were stopped.
What are the Unist’ot’en saying?
Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation has been vocal about their
opposition to PTP. Clan members have built a log cabin and protection
camp in its path. Most recently, on November 20th, 2012, Wet’suwet’en
Chief Toghestiy intercepted and issued an eagle feather to surveyors. In
Wet’suwet’en law, an eagle feather is used as a first and only notice
of trespass. The surveyors and all other people associated with PTP were
ordered to leave the territory and told that they are not ever allowed
to return to Unist’ot’en land. The road has now been closed to all
industry activities until further notice. On August 23rd, 2010,
Toghestiy and Hagwilakw of the Likhts’amisyu clan gave Enbridge
representatives trespass warnings during a Smithers Town Council meeting
where Enbridge attended to attempt to smooth over their recent oil
spill on the Kalamazoo River. In November 2011, setting up a road
blockade with “Road Closed to Pacific Trails Pipeline Drillers” signs,
the Unist’ot’en and the Likhts’amisyu of the Wet’suwet’en escorted out
PTP drillers and their equipment.
Freda Huson, spokeswoman for the Unist’ot’en Clan, states: “Pacific
Trails Pipeline does not have permission to be on our territory. It’s
unceded land. We said ‘NO!’ in their meetings. We’ve written them
letters; I’ve sent them emails, saying ‘absolutely NO!’ to their
projects. Pacific Trail Pipeline’s proposed route is through two main
salmon spawning channels which provide our staple food supply. We have
made the message clear to Enbridge and Pacific Trails and all of
industry: We will not permit any pipelines through our territory.”
Likhts’amisyu hereditary chief Toghestiy similarly states,
“Unist’ot’en and Grassroots Wet’suwet’en have consistently stated that
they will not allow such a pipeline to pass through their territory.”
The Wet’suwet’en are made up of five Clans, with territories that
they are expected to manage for their future generations. Neither the
Unist’ot’en People or the other Grassroots Wet’suwet’en are associated
with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en. The Unist’ot’en clan is against all
pipelines slated to cross through their territories, which include
Enbridge Northern Gateway, Kinder Morgans northern proposal, Pacific
Trails, Pembina, Spectra, and others. Enbridge pipeline would be built
side by side to, with essentially the same right of way as, Pacific
Trails, thus raising concerns that this pipeline might ‘blaze a trail’
for the Enbridge project.
What is the Carbon Corridor?
Pacific Trails Pipeline, along with Enbridge pipeline and Kinder
Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, are part of a larger energy
strategy. Like Alberta, the British Columbia government aims to be an
‘energy power house’ by exploiting some of the largest shale gas
deposits in North America and using pipelines to place fracked shale gas
on the more lucrative international market. According to the Canadian
Center for Policy Alternatives, much of the shale gas produced in BC is
currently destined for Alberta, where it is used as fuel in the tar
sands. All this is happening as Keystone XL pipeline to the U.S. Gulf
Coast and Enbridge’s proposed reversal of the Line 9 pipeline to open up
Ontario, Quebec and U.S. markets are also putting short term
corporate-driven capitalist interests and resource-extractive colonial
developments ahead of Indigenous self-determination and stewardship,
destroying and exploiting the land and ecosystems, and disregarding the
safety and health of communities including those who have to work the
poisonous jobs in these industries.
Thanks to: http://unistotencamp.wordpress.com