Construction on New Resistance Camp on Wet’suwet’en Territory Begins: Support Still Needed

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Reposted from itsgoingdown.org:

https://itsgoingdown.org/new-resistance-camp-construction-begins-wetsuweten/

Construction has begun for a new resistance camp on Wet’suwet’en territory in so-called British Columbia.

We are pleased to announce that work has begun on a new resistance camp on Wet’suwet’en territory. Members of the Likhts’amisyu clan are currently re-occupying their traditional territory, near the logging town of Houston in Northern B.C.

For almost ten years, the Wet’suwet’en have been resisting an array of oil and gas pipelines with the purpose of transporting diluted bitumen and fracked gas to the Northwest Coast for export. The focal point of these efforts have been the Unist’ot’en Camp, a long-standing territorial re-occupation which was built directly in the path of the proposed pipeline corridor. Years of resistance have caused multiple multi-billion-dollar projects to be delayed and/or cancelled. Things came to a head this winter, when the Coastal GasLink pipeline corporation obtained an injunction. On January 7th, 2019, the RCMP raided the Gidim’ten Access Checkpoint, which had been established on the road leading to the Unist’ot’en Camp. Several days later, CGL and the RCMP breached the gate at the Unist’ot’en Camp.

It is important that people realize that this fight is far from over. The events of December and January should be regarded as one phase in a struggle that has been going on for a decade. A new phase of struggle has begun, and the efforts on the Likhts’amisyu clan to establish a village on their territory represents a continuation and an expansion of Wet’suwet’en resistance. Part of the strategy is to stymie CGL by blocking them at multiple points. Whereas at the beginning of December, there was one resistance camp on Wet’suwet’en territory, there are now three. We encourage all committed land defenders to plan to participate in the struggle on Wet’suwet’en territory this Spring and Summer.

The Sovereign Likhts’amisyu Camp benefit from the leadership of two experienced chiefs, Smolgelgem and Dsahayl. Smolgelgem (also known as Toghestiy and Warner Naziel) co-founded the Unist’ot’en Camp and has been a driving force in the Wet’suwet’en resistance, and in the indigenous sovereignty movement of Turtle Island. Dsahayl, also a Likhts’amisyu chief, has decades of experience fighting for Wet’suwet’en rights, particularly in regards to fishing and conservation. The two of them are organizing with the full support of their clan behind them.

The new Likhts’amisyu Camp will be strategically located in order to impede the ability of the Coastal GasLink corporation to force their pipeline through Wet’suwet’en land. The chiefs state: “We will be building permanent buildings on our territory in an effort to assert our precolonial rights and jurisdiction on our lands. We will be asking for help from volunteers to assist in fundraising, building a cabin, a kitchen dining and a bunk house, and also the associated outbuildings.”

We are also very much keen to recruit more helpers! Although the dates of the Likhts’amisyu Spring Construction camp were scheduled for the dates of April 28th to May 18th, the reality is that we will be requiring assistance throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. We are planning to build a log cabin, a kitchen / mess hall, a wood shed, and a root cellar. Please consider making a trip out to Wet’suwet’en territory in the coming months to help with this grassroots, indigenous-led effort to defend Mother Earth from the threat of industrial devastation posed by the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

This is a great opportunity to learn new skills off of skilled trades people. We hope to start a large garden on the site for growing food. First Aid skills and Cooking skills are also essential personnel to have at our camp.” We are also requesting help in other areas as well, such as fund-raising. If you would like to offer assistance in any way, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Lastly, we also require support in other although we have been somewhat successful in our fund-raising efforts, we are still a long way away from our goal. We have priced out over $40 000 worth of construction materials, without including a budget for food or transportation costs. To date, we have raised only about $8000. Thankfully, this is enough for us to get started, however, it means that we must continue to fund-raise as we go.

Here are some useful links:

1. The Go Fund Me page is at: https://www.gofundme.com/likhtsamisyu2019
2. The promotional video is at: https://vimeo.com/332477793
3. The Likhtsamisyu website is at: www.likhtsamisyu.com
4. The Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/likhtsamisyu/
5. The main email for people to reach the chiefs is:likhtsamisyu@gmail.com
6. The main email for people to reach the support team is: likhtsamisyu@riseup.net
7. To subscribe to the Likhts’amisyu listserv, please write likhtsamisyu@riseup.net introducing yourself and saying why and how you would like to support current organizing efforts.

We also ask that people share the above links and help boost the profile of this camp. Thank you very much!

Likhts’amisyu Solidarity

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Recent Wet’suwet’en solidarity actions in Coast Salish Territories on South Vancouver Island

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The following was received anonymously.

picA brief summary of some recent actions in Coast Salish Territories on Southern Vancouver Island, in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land defenders under attack in northern BC by the RCMP and Coastal Gaslink pipeline:

January 8, Victoria — Hundreds of people blocked Belleville Street in front of the BC Legislature before marching to Finance Minister/Local MLA Carole James’ constituency office on Fort Street. Victoria Police barricaded the entrance to prevent marchers from entering the office. According to a report, at least one person entered the office prior to the march and locked himself to office equipment, causing the office to be shut down completely for at least a few hours.

January 16, Langford — A wildcat street march shut down traffic and various major intersections as it wended its way from the Millstream shopping area to NDP Premier John Horgan’s office, with a convenient stop at the Westshore RCMP detachment on Atkins Avenue. The RCMP admitted to several local media outlets that their operations were disrupted by the march, which blocked an entrance to the detachment with the aid of three electric vehicles.

January 21, Sooke — According to local media, a solidarity rally was scheduled for the Sooke Town Centre Kiosk, 6660 Sooke Road on Monday, Jan. 21 between 4pm and 5pm.

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Graffiti outside the NDP fundraiser

January 30, Victoria — A $250 per plate BC NDP fundraiser dinner was disrupted at Heron Rock Bistro on Simcoe Street. Finance Minister/Local MLA Carole James and her assistant attempted to flee the restaurant, at the first sight of a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous protesters. James and her assistant were chased down the street, and confronted for their hypocrisy and complicity in the colonial fracking pipeline project. While many of the moneybags and big-wigs had to abandon their own fundraiser due to the disruption, leaflets were distributed throughout the restaurant to those who remained. Banners and signs included slogans such as “NDP: Frack Off!”. Handfuls of leaflets were tossed in the air within the restaurant and through its entrance, and anti-pipeline, anti-NDP anarchist graffiti was visible directly outside the venue.

February 4, Victoria — In response to a call from Unist’ot’en for occupations of politicans’ offices starting on Jan. 31, dozens of local residents turned up and blocked traffic at NDP Finance Minister Carole James’ office on Fort Street, and NDP Education Minister Rob Fleming’s office on Hillside Avenue. These particular actions were not publicly announced, yet both offices were preemptively locked during their normal opening hours. This may indicate that the government’s constituency offices (often branded as “community offices”) are being disrupted on an ongoing basis — under threat of occupation — and perhaps even shut down for indefinite periods of time defensively, as has been reported about the frequently besieged and occupied office of Nelson MLA/NDP Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Michelle Mungall.

Huge shout outs to these nearby actions!

For more information on this ongoing struggle:

https://unistoten.camp

RCMP Commissioner Confronted & Disrupted in Unceded K’omoks Territory

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January 24, 2019 – A balmy evening in late January saw a disruption of business as usual in the Comox Valley, unceded K’omoks territory. A group of community members gathered to oppose the new RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki’s speech on restorative justice at North Island College, in solidarity with those inhabiting their traditional Wet’suwet’en territory, where the RCMP are showing their true colours as the foot soldiers of resource extraction company Coastal GasLink. (more info: http://unistoten.camp and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdB6W8YMy6M)

We couldn’t stand by and watch the new female (how strategic to mitigate all those sexual assault charges!) big-wig of the RCMP pigs speak to the 1% of this region about how fantastically restorative justice is working to find harmony between First Nations and the law, while up north those very cops are breaking every agreement made with First Nations communities and violently occupying the unceded land, and protecting the extractive industry as it prepares to break ground for this pipeline.

A group of us stood outside as attendees made their way into the theatre for the talk. A large banner was held, leaflets distributed, and general hullabaloo was created, as the space was held with a large presence. There was a tangible sigh of relief from the security guards when the last attendees had trickled in and the doors closed on us. They had done their job and kept us outside!

Meanwhile, a small group of us who had bought tickets to the event waited for the perfect moment to continue the mayhem. The who’s who of the Comox Valley were in attendance, three mayors, many police officers and retired officers, and much of Brenda Lucki’s family. Finally, after a half hour or so of introductions, Lucki was introduced and took the stage in casual, “I’m one of you” attire.

She began by telling us all how nervous she was, garnering sympathetic laughter and comradery amongst the audience. As Brenda Lucki began to pick up steam in her talk, moving onto the subject of how we need to move a step beyond the scripted territorial acknowledgement and into a real reconciliatory relationship with First Nations, we decided we’d had enough of the hypocrisy and stood up with a large banner, walked down the stairs to stand right in front of her, and unfurled a banner reading “We Stand With the Unist’ot’en”. The banner was so large as to completely obscure the stage, and a seething Lucki from the audience’s view. At this moment, others in the crowd stood up and raised their voices in solidarity with the struggle up north, and the hypocrisy of the event.

We could not let the police commissioner’s talk go forward without letting her know that we see through her veil of magnanimity and won’t stand for it.

Security was baffled, and the commotion lasted about 5 minutes before security amped up their presence and physically escorted the banner holders out of the auditorium, with a psychic kick to our back ends as they booted us through the emergency exit and back into the night. Nevertheless:

The resistance and disruptions will continue as long as the state and its RCMP continue to evict Wet’suwet’en people from their traditional territories and act as paid escorts to CGL. No Pipelines on Stolen Native Land!

 

Press Release:

Local Residents Oppose Lecture by RCMP Commissioner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Brenda Lucki cannot be a spokesperson for Restorative Justice as her forces carry out militarized invasions on Wet’suwet’en territory.

Courtenay, BC – January 24, 2019

The Comox Valley Community Justice Centre (CVCJC), North Island College, and School District 71 have invited RCMP National Commissioner Brenda Lucki to deliver the 2019 Iona Campagnolo lecture on Restorative Justice. The lecture happened the evening of Jan. 24, and local residents came out to highlight the contradictions inherent in having Lucki fill this role.

Restorative justice is commonly seen as having roots in Indigenous societies, where, as the CVCJC website notes, individuals and communities are urged to “seek non-violent solutions” to conflict, and to “live harmoniously together.” However, in its capacity as the enforcer of the will of the Canadian state over that of traditional Indigenous forms of government, the RCMP has shown, most recently at the Unist’ot’en camp, a tendency towards simple, unreasoning violence.

There can be no reconciliation, no harmony – no justice – when one side has all of the guns, and the other, only right, on its side.

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Corporate media coverage: https://www.mycomoxvalleynow.com/49117/rcmp-commissioner-met-with-protest-at-north-island-college/

Some recent posts from North Shore Counter-Info (Hamilton, ON)

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https://north-shore.info/2019/03/20/help-build-a-new-resistance-camp-on-wetsuweten-territory/

https://north-shore.info/2019/03/14/open-letter-to-climate-strikers/

https://north-shore.info/2019/03/06/wtf-their-march-15th-and-ours/

https://north-shore.info/2019/03/01/from-embers-new-content-in-february-2019/

https://north-shore.info/2019/02/22/far-right-yellow-vests-convoy-rolls-into-ottawa-met-with-resistance/

https://north-shore.info/2019/02/08/shut-it-down-transcanada-valve-isolation-sequences/

https://north-shore.info/2019/02/04/rcmp-fuck-off-hamilton-in-solidarity-with-wetsuweten/

 

Open Letter to Extinction Rebellion

Green Anti-Capitalist Front

As
climate catastrophe draws near, we are impressed and encouraged by
the movement that Extinction Rebellion is building. This mobilisation
has reinvigorated environmental activism at a time when we most need
it. XR has been bold in its aims when much of the established
movement has been cynical, and has managed to tap into a broader
sense of alarm over environmental degradation, and mobilised many
people not previously involved. XR has grown at a speed that many
people would have thought impossible before we saw it happen. XR has
also been far more radical in this broad appeal than many people
would have thought, pursuing a strategy built around both local
direct action while maintaining an international orientation. We
cannot overstate the overwhelmingly positive effect that XR is having
on environmental politics.

Those
of us already involved in various radical and green movements have
been attending XR meetings and actions…

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Violence in Akwesasne as protestors clash with Mohawk police over dispensary raid

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Akwesasne cannabis conflict cop car 1 Police car burns on the Akwesasne Mohawk territory, Feb. 22, 2019.

by Alan S. Hale, Standard Freeholder, February 23, 2019

AWKESASNE — The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) is pleading for calm after a protest in front of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service headquarters became violent on Friday night, resulting in a police SUV to be stolen by protesters and burned on an international ice bridge that connects different portions of the community.

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