All eyes on Wet'suwet'en on Day 5 of Royal Canadian Mounted Police invasion — Unist'ot'en raid likely today
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.
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.
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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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You can donate to legal defense/support funds here:
To follow the events of the invasion:
On twitter @UnistotenCamp
Hashtags for social media:
Download the Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolkit 2020 here
Hold a solidarity action:
Find a solidarity action near you:
Contact the British Columbian government here:
Premier John Horgan
Minister of Indigenous Relations and “Reconciliation” Scott Fraser
Attorney General David Eby
Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth
Minister of Forest Lands and Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development and MLA for Stikine-Wet’suwet’en Territory Doug Donaldson
Contact Coastal GasLink operator TC Energy (Formerly TransCanada):
Corporate Head Office
450 - 1 Street S.W. Calgary, AB
Canada, T2P 5H1
Corporate Head Office
700 Louisiana St,
Houston, TX 77002
Contact Coastal GasLink Operator KKR:
9 West 57th Street
New York, New York 10019
+ 1 (212) 750-8300
600 Travis Street
Houston, Texas 77002
+ 1 (713) 343-5142
MENLO PARK2800 Sand Hill Road
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.
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