All eyes have been on Wet’suwet’en territory over the past week. The situation is changing rapidly, and solidarity actions have been taking place across the country to highlight the disturbing human rights violations.
This weekend, here are three ways you demonstrate solidarity:
- Donate to the RAVEN Trust fund in support of the Wet’suwet’en’s legal actions.
- Find a solidarity rally near you and let governments know that they need to respect the law and Indigenous rights.
- Check out the Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolkit for other creative solidarity actions, educational materials and more!
For more than a decade, the Wet’suwet’en people have asserted rights and title in response to the Coastal GasLink pipeline project through the traditional territory, over which they have jurisdiction, without the consent of hereditary leadership. Coastal GasLink sought and received a court injunction in December 2019 and RCMP arrests earlier this month were a result of enforcement of that order.
The conflict between Coastal GasLink and the Wet’suwet’en hereditary leadership arises from the fact that the relationship between the Crown and Indigenous peoples in Canada has for centuries denied and violated the inherent rights of Indigenous peoples. When conflicts around land rights arise in this country, understanding can and must be found in the treaty foundations of the relationships between settlers and Indigenous peoples in this land we now call Canada.
To learn more, read: Wet’suwet’en: Promises Must Lead to Concrete Action