All eyes on Wet'suwet'en on Day 5 of Royal Canadian Mounted Police invasion — Unist'ot'en raid likely today

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Fight continues against TC Energy's Coastal GasLink pipeline being forced on the homelands of the Wet'suwet'en.

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Indigenous Environmental Network

All eyes are watching as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) began their invasion on unceded Wet'suwet'en territory. Yesterday the roads were cleared to the Unist'ot'en camp and we know a raid today is likely.

We wanted to provide the map below along with a brief update from our Wet'suwet'en relatives so you can better understand the lay of the land in the fight against TC Energy's Coastal GasLink pipeline being forced on the homelands of the Wet'suwet'en.

We have also provided ways for you to take action.

Across the world people are standing with the Wet'suwet'en and demanding Indigenous rights are upheld.

#IndigenousYouthforWetsuweten are staging sit-ins and supporters are occupying the offices of elected officials, blocking traffic, trains and ports.

These actions will continue until Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canadian government leave unceded Wet'suwet'en territory.

Keep scrolling after updates for ways to join us in taking action.

Pictured: "All eyes on Wet'suwet'en" - Royal Canadian Mounted Police invasion on unceded Wet'suwet'en homeland map.
Pictured: "All eyes on Wet'suwet'en" - Royal Canadian Mounted Police invasion on unceded Wet'suwet'en homeland map.(Photo: Indigenous Environmental Network)

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. Coastal GasLink does not have consent to construct their $6.6 billion fracked gas pipeline. Coastal GasLink 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 Coastal GasLink 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.”

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police spent $3.6 million in the first three months they invaded Wet'suwet'en territory. They've now been here for 13 months. How many millions of dollars has the Royal Canadian Mounted Police spent finding our Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirits? The connection to our MMIWG2S epidemic and pipeline industrial man camps is well know. We know that with violence to Indigenous lands comes violence to Indigenous peoples.

Day Four, February 9th, 2020: Unist'ot'en Camp 66 kilometers

All day black helicopters flew low over Unist'ot'en Camp to monitor activities while Unistoten matriarchs drummed and remained in ceremony. Two Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers knocked on the door of Woos’ cabin at Gidimt’en Checkpoint refusing to identify themselves or give badge numbers and left. Royal Canadian Mounted Police/Coastal GasLink used one dump truck, three bulldozers, one large CAT, one large white SUV, one large RV, one ambulance, an estimated six pickup trucks to clear the road from Gidimt’en at 44 kilometers to Unist'ot'en at 66 kilometers. 

At 4:40 p.m. a large tow truck reached the gate of Unist'ot'en followed by industry machinery at the gate and five Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers approaching on foot, three graders and 13+ vehicles behind that. 21 personnel in yellow vests at pullout at 65 kilometers marker, nine Royal Canadian Mounted Police in snowshoes at the 65 kilometers mark near bridge. One person in plaid coat.

5:20 p.m. The road to the bridge is completely cleared. 

6:08 p.m. - Royal Canadian Mounted Police return to Chief Woos’ cabin asking if occupants want a “ride out.” 

6:29 p.m. - At least five Royal Canadian Mounted Police/Coastal GasLink vehicles have left toward the highway down from 44 kilometers. An ambulance, one large box truck, several industry trucks.

Arrest totals from Royal Canadian Mounted Police/Coastal GasLink invasion on unceded Wet'suwet'en territories: six arrests @ 39 kilometers, February 6 (released w/ no charges) four arrests @ 44 kilometers, February 7 (court date today, Smithers) 11 arrests @ 27 kilometers, February 8 (inc. Legal Observers)

Day Four video updates:

https://www.facebook.com/unistoten/videos/541202253409028/?v=541202253409028

https://www.facebook.com/unistoten/videos/499849340967645/

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Day Three, February 8th, 2020: Unist'ot'en Camp 66 kilometers

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has made it the gates of the Unist’ot’en Camp by helicopter at 66 kilometers. Unist’ot’en matriarchs went into ceremony to call on ancestors and cremated a Canadian flag marked with the words "Reconciliation is dead." Freda Huson threw the injunction and shouted "this is all its worth, the paper its written on." Royal Canadian Mounted Police helicopters have retreated for now.

1:28 pm - Four arrests reported at 27 kilometers, Gisdewe cabin. Media being held back from accurately reporting the invasion for the third day in the row. 

Day Three video updates:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=188737175523454

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=181004986642180

https://www.facebook.com/wetsuwetenstrong/videos/970359753359236/

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Day Two, February 7th, 2020: Gidimt’en Checkpoint 44 kilometers

Dozens of Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers breached the gates here, four waves of helicopters dropped off tactical officers to surround the homesite with assault rifles and police dogs. The four land defenders arrested during the Gidimt’en invasion are still in custody. They have refused to sign conditions of release that will prohibit them from visiting homesites on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory. Among those arrested are Gidimt’en Chief Woos’ daughter Eve Saint, Anne Spice of the tlingit nation, Denzel Sutherland-Wilson of the Gitxsan nation, and a Mohawk supporter.

Day Two video update:

https://www.facebook.com/unistoten/videos/186728712417697/

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2556940074587510

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Media Camp Invasion 27 kilometers

Dozens of militarized police with assault rifles and dogs have been deployed against unarmed Wet’suwet’en land defenders on unceded Indigenous land. At least 100 police are part of the operation. Six arrests were made, while two Wet’suwet’en home sites remain in the path of police violence, including the Unist’ot’en Healing Center founded in 2015.

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Day One video update:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=788165401662239

https://www.facebook.com/wetsuwetenstrong/videos/614203229142803/

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=522458818374962

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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

To follow the events of the invasion:

https://www.facebook.com/unistoten/

https://www.facebook.com/wetsuwetenstrong/

On twitter @UnistotenCamp

Hashtags for social media: 

#LANDBACK

#WETSUWETENSTRONG

#SHUTDOWNCANADA

Download the Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolkit 2020 here

http://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit2020/

Hold a solidarity action:

Pictured: "International days of solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en" flyer.
(Image: Indigenous Environmental Network)

Find a solidarity action near you:

https://www.facebook.com/events/221856442184296/

Contact the British Columbian government here:

Premier John Horgan
1.250.387.1715

Minister of Indigenous Relations and “Reconciliation” Scott Fraser
1.250.953.4844

Attorney General David Eby
1.250.387.2178

Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth
1.250.356.2178

Minister of Forest Lands and Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development and MLA for Stikine-Wet’suwet’en Territory Doug Donaldson
1.250.387.6240

Contact Coastal GasLink operator TC Energy (Formerly TransCanada):

Corporate Head Office
450 - 1 Street S.W. Calgary, AB
Canada, T2P 5H1
1-403-920-2000

Corporate Head Office
700 Louisiana St,
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (832.320.5000

Contact Coastal GasLink Operator KKR:

NEW YORK
9 West 57th Street
Suite 4200
New York, New York 10019
+ 1 (212) 750-8300

HOUSTON
600 Travis Street
Suite 7200
Houston, Texas 77002
+ 1 (713) 343-5142

MENLO PARK2800 Sand Hill Road
Suite 200
Menlo Park, California 94025
+ 1 (650) 233-6560

Do not look away as Indigenous peoples are being pushed off their land. We have long cared for Mother Earth, in these times we must center Indigenous knowledge and return Indigenous lands to heal.

Reconciliation isn't violence against Indigenous peoples. 

About Indigenous Environmental Network

Established in 1990, The Indigenous Environmental Network is an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities. Indigenous Environmental Network’s activities include empowering Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, the health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.

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