Royal Canadian Mounted Police raid unceded Wet'suwet'en land, six arrested

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International day of solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Monday February 10

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Indigenous Environmental Network

Early this morning, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) raided Wet’suwet'en territories to push forward the unwanted Coastal GasLink pipeline. Six Indigenous peoples and their allies were arrested.

The Wet’suwet’en have been very clear that they do not want the C$6.6 billion, 416 mile long CGL pipeline going through their unceded and sovereign lands. Coastal GasLink/TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) is pushing through a 670-kilometer fracked gas pipeline that would carry fracked gas from Dawson Creek, B.C. to the coastal town of Kitimat, where LNG Canada’s processing plant would be located. LNG Canada is the single largest private oil and gas investment in Canadian history.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers with night vision and automatic weapons raided the camp in the dead of night. Much like at Standing Rock  the raid was highly militarized  dogs were used, media was banned from filming arrests, Royal Canadian Mounted Police smashed the windows of the camp’s communications van.

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By rights, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are trespassing on Wet’suwet’en land and can be arrested and charged for this infraction. The Hereditary Chiefs and Headmen can have them removed by force if necessary. Much like the Mohawks, they can create their own Police Force. The Wet'suwet'en unceded and sovereign lands is a Nation and must be treated as such and because the United Nations have already been involved may well be able to step in and control the situation if asked.

I deeply appreciate, and sympathize with the Native Peoples' opposition to the proposed pipeline though the Fraser River Waterway. And no one wants another Oka except a few crazy Mohawks. But you better have a chat with them before people start getting killed. 
Respectfully, let me offer some legal advice: 1) The pipeline is going to go through -- today, tomorrow, ten years from now. Mark my words. And if if doesn't go through Native lands, it will be built on watershead comprising Native lands in whole or in part. So if/when there is an oil spill, it's coming your way. Face that reality. 2) Forget "pristine." Pristine means war. And if it's war, you lose. So don't go there. 3) "Sovereign" and "Unceded"? Re-read point #2. Then re-read point #1. 
Native Peoples have two realistic options: Plan A) Write an airtight contract for damages; or better still, Plan B) Build an effective containment system from the outset, verifiable BY YOU,  with injunctive consequences if it fails YOUR inspection. For example, perhaps a double walled pipeline (a pipe within a pipe) the integrity of which can be pressure-tested by Native inspectors in sections. And of course you want to be paid rent for letting the thing exist on your land; lease, don't sell the right-of-way. With this idea, you save the hunting and fishing; you protect the environment; you make some money; and you build emergency measures and escrow money into the contract in the event of some unforeseeable catastrophe. In my humble opinion, this could be a viable compromise, a win-win solution. Thanks for listening.

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