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Hands off Unist'ot'en! Respect Indigenous sovereignty

By: 
Pam Johnson

December 18, 2018

TransCanada has filed an injunction for the forceful removal of the Indigenous re-occupation of Unist’ot’en territory. This is the company that is scheduled to build the pipeline that will transport fracked gas from the northeast of the area known as British Columbia to Kitimat, as part of the massive LNG Canada project. 

The project was recently approved by Canada and BC’s NDP government, but without the consent of the Dinï ze’ and Ts’akë ze’ (Hereditary chiefs), who have unanimously rejected Coastal Gaslink’s proposal. The deadline for the Unist’ot’en to remove the gate and leave the camp was yesterday, December 17.

In response there were actions in Canada and the US on December 16 and 17. Vancouver supporters occupied three BC Government offices: BC NDP Cabinet Ministers George Heyman, Shane Simpson and Melanie Mark, followed by a rally and march.

In Toronto, supporters dropped a banner in support of Unist’ot’en Camp, reading “TransCanada Stay Off Unist’ot’en Land”. This was followed by a rally in Yonge-Dundas Square.

In Seattle, where Chase Bank gave a $1.5 billion loan to TransCanada, 350.org Seattle laid a fifty-foot oil pipeline and simulated an oil spill in the regional bank headquarters.

The situation is urgent. Organizers state: "Wherever you live, on Turtle Island or beyond, we need you to take FIVE MINUTES to send emails RIGHT NOW to tell the provincial and federal governments, RCMP, and industry: they do not have jurisdiction on unceded lands." Click here for more information on how to send your message.

To make financial contributions and follow this struggle visit www.unistotencamp.com and link to http://unistoten.camp/support-us/donate.

 

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