Marching from Dartmouth (at the Bus Terminal) to Halifax via MacDonald Bridge, with speaking engagement to follow at Bus Stop Theatre.
This past month, the RCMP has openly violated Indigenous rights by enforcing a provincial temporary injunction with their violent raid of the Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidumt’en territory. Since then, Coastal Gas Link has bulldozed Unist’ot’en trap lines and have destroyed infrastructure on Gidumt’en territory, blatantly violating the terms of even their own permits.
Meanwhile, Coastal Gas Link faces unanimous opposition from the hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en Nation. The BC court granted the injunction before the defendants had even presented their arguments against it, revealing a low bar for violating indigenous rights in favour of corporate agendas.
According to Dr. Karla Tait and Anne Spice, “The injunction application shows blatant disregard for Anuk Nu’at’en (Wet’suwet’en law) which pre-dates Canadian and provincial law, for the feast system of governance that upholds Anuk Nu’at’en, and for Aboriginal title. Its enforcement would be illegal under both Canadian law and Anuk Nu’at’en. The dispute over the pipeline is, at heart, a struggle over the meaning of Aboriginal title and the rights of Indigenous peoples to determine the use of their unceded, unsurrendered ancestral territories.”
This is an emblematic case because the Wet’suwet’en system of clan and houses with Hereditary Chiefs has already been recognized in the Supreme Court of Canada as “the fundamental premise of both the Gitksan and the Wet’suwet’en peoples.”
According to West Coast Environmental Law, “more than two decades after the Delgamuukwv decision affirmed Aboriginal title, the Crown’s continued pattern of making decisions in the absence of Indigenous consent – without resolving the underlying title and governance issues – undermines the constitutional foundations that are meant to define Canada.”
Here in unceded Mi’kma’ki, we denounce the disregard for the traditional and intact governance of the Wet’suwet’en people. We stand with the Wet’suwet’en and all traditional people protecting the land and water for future generations.