Indigenous Environmental Network
Dozens of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have deployed into the Wet’suwet’en Nation as Canada sides TC Energy pushing with the CoastalGas Link pipeline through unceded Wet’suwet’en land, violating Wet’suwet’en laws — and their own. On November 14th members of the Gidimt’en Clan evicted Coastal GasLink (CGL) employees from unceded Wet’suwet’en territory, upholding ancient Wet’suwet’en trespass laws and an eviction notice first served to CoastalGas Link in 2020 by the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs.
This incident was one of the latest standoffs between the Wet’suwet’en and TC Energy over the CoastalGas Link pipeline, which would carry 2 billion cubic feet per day of fracked gas from northeastern British Columbia to the Pacific coast. The hereditary chiefs of the five clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation never gave the company permission to build on their territory; the construction efforts violate their laws — and the settler state of Canada’s own laws.
A 1997 ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the Wet’suwet’en government and held that the First Nation had never given up rights or title to their lands. The Wet’suwet’en never signed a treaty with the British Crown nor the Canadian government, meaning their territory is unceded land.
Statement from Gidimt’en Checkpoint
This fight is far from over, it will never be over. We are going to stand our ground on Cas Yikh territory Gidimt’en of the Wet'suwet'en nation. This is sovereign territory, we will never surrender, we have never surrendered. And we will continue this fight long into the future, whatever happens in the next few days.
It is when people across the country start to see we are not here alone. There are people willing to put their freedom and their lives on the line to make sure the voices of the Wet'suwet'en are heard.
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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