The Unist’ot’en camp is on the traditional and unceded land of the Wet’suwet’en people. The Camp has existed for eight years and is a homestead and healing center. It sits along the proposed route of multiple LNG pipelines, including Coastal GasLink (subsidiary of TransCanada Corp). Coastal GasLink recently served notice for a civil lawsuit, claiming financial damages for “occupying, obstructing, blocking, physically impeding or delaying access” and applied for an injunction against the Unist’ot’en Camp.
Last week, the BC Supreme Court ruled in favour of Coastal GasLink, granting the injunction against the Unist'ot'en Camp to clear the way for further construction of the pipeline. “The use of legal injunctions and litigation against the Unist’ot’en is part of a long colonial history of criminalization against Indigenous peoples. As noted in a recent UN report, criminalization of Indigenous land defenders is an attempt to silence Indigenous peoples voicing their legitimate opposition to projects that threaten their livelihoods and cultures.” - Pam Palmater, Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.
Chief Na’moks said that the Wet’suwet’en will continue to oppose the pipeline and occupy the healing lodge, where many adults and youth go for spiritual guidance and cultural connection.
“It is our territory, we never ceded, surrendered, or lost in war..we have a right to protect the land as we see fit and we will use all available means to protect it, we are united that the project will not happen in our territory.” Tonight, a rally in support of Unist’ot’en was held in Vancouver. Visit unistoten.camp to learn more and support the Unist’ot’en!
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