Bark Statement of Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en Nation Against Pipeline

 

 

 

 

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January 28, 2019

     The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
     P.C., M.P., Prime Minister of Canada, Ottawa.


Dear Mr. Prime Minister,

     Bark stands in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en nation against TransCanada’s Coastal Gaslink Pipeline, and denounces the violent actions of the RCMP and Canadian government. This is an  issue close to many of our hearts. We ask that TransCanada and the RCMP end the attack on Indigenous people defending their land and communities.

Wet’suwet’en Territory, which spans 22,000 square km in the Northern BC area, has never been ceded or surrendered by the Wet’suwet’en people, who have occupied their territory for      millennia. All five of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs denied consent for the construction of the fracked gas pipeline. Unist’ot’en, one of the five Wet’suwet’en clans, runs a three-story healing center in the proposed pipeline path, where they offer holistic treatment for trauma and addiction and host gatherings for indigenous women and youth.

Earlier this month, the RCMP invaded Wet’suwet’en territory to enforce an injunction to allow Coastal Gaslink Ltd. to begin constructing a man camp on Unist’ot’en territory. Armed with assault rifles, they forcefully removed peaceful land defenders, some of them elders, and are now denying many Wet’suwet’en, supporters, and media access to the territory. Not only is this deeply wrong, it is in blatant violation of Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the freedom of the press, and the 1997 Supreme Court of Canada’s decision Delgamuukw v. The Queen, which ruled that the Wet’suwet’en people, as represented by their hereditary leaders, had not given up rights and title to their territory.

The Coastal Gaslink Pipeline, if built, will harm and endanger the Wet’suwet’en nation, their land, the Unist’ot’en healing center and its clients, and the global community, as we all depend on a livable climate.

Not long ago, Bark was part of a successful campaign against another TransCanada project, the Palomar Pipeline, a joint endeavor with NW Natural that was routed through Mt. Hood National Forest, threatening roadless areas, old growth forest, and drinking watersheds.

We urge the Canadian government to; immediately revoke the permits for this project and end the state violence being committed against indigenous people; call off the RCMP invasion and prioritize reconciliation with First Nations.

Respectfully,

Nakisha Nathan, Executive Director on behalf of Bark

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