Updated: 17. January 2019 - Unist’ot’en: Unceded. Undefeated. FORCE IS NOT CONSENT.

14. January 2019 - also see below : THIS IS NOT OVER (click Read more ...)

Gidimt’en Checkpoint Breached by Armed RCMP and Canadian Military, Communications Cut, Invaders Moving Illegally into Unist’ot’en Territory - WORLD ALERT

N.B.: Meanwhile the Immigration Minister of Canada Ahmed Hussen, an immigrant from Somalia, announced on 11. January 2018 that Canada will take in 1 million new migrants over the next three years. The province of Quebec already resisted against further migrant influx, and the hidden agenda to flood provinces, that have strong First Nations and a large Indigenous population of traditional Native People, with new "Canadians" for political gains appears to be now obvious. Every time Native Nations in North America succeed to resist the ongoing genocide and ecocide, new ways are found to continue the onslaught. Remember what the great Lakota Leader Russel Means stated (click for video testimony) and know that what he testified to the U.S. Senate Special Commitee on Investigations is still the agenda of the Takers all over Turtle Island and especially in Kanata (Iroquoi language), where TPTB of the British Corwn's 'Canada' as the occupiers of Native Kanata lands still insist on "Assimilation Programmes", though officially the Native American Boarding School Horror had to finally be abandoned in 1968 due to international pressure. Strategic Incapacitation of Indigenous Dissent, however, is still rampant - though Premier Trudeau promised otherwise. Broken promises are - with very rare exemptions - the standard approach of people hailing from the colonial states of Europe and are the sad experience and conclusion throughout the history of the genocide against Native Americans.

Heavily armed assault on Unist'ot'en sovereignty - in violation of UNDRIP, Canadian state and provincial laws and most importantly the laws of the Unist'ot'en People

<<BREAKING>>

January 8, 2019, 2:51am UTC (late afternoon on 07th local time): There are confirmed reports that RCMP have breached the checkpoint at Gidumt’en, Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidumt’en Territory. The RCMP are armed and moving in. Military also present. Gidumt’en cell service, wifi, and communication has been jammed and cut off by police.

January 8, 2019, at approximately 2:51am UTC: RCMP and military forcefully breached a peaceful checkpoint on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory. Indigenous people were ripped from their homes by militarized police. There were at least 12 confirmed arrests, including an elder, and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs were blocked from their own territories.  Gidumt’en Clan spokesperson Molly Wickham was arrested on her land. She, along with other arrestees, will not be released. They are being brought to Prince George to stand before a Justice of the Peace. 

Arrest-count according to eye witnesses stands at 14 people.

The creation of the Gidumt’en Checkpoint was announced in the Wet’suwet’en feast hall, with the support of all chiefs present. Under ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law) all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals.

The Unis’tot’en are known as the toughest of the Wet’suwet’en as their territories were not only abundant, but the terrain was known to be very treacherous. The Unis’tot’en recent history includes taking action to protect their lands from Lions Gate Metals at their Tacetsohlhen Bin Yintah, and building a cabin and resistance camp at Talbits Kwah at Gosnell Creek and Wedzin Kwah (Morice River which is a tributary to the Skeena and Bulkley River) from seven proposed pipelines from Tar Sands Gigaproject and LNG from the Horn River Basin Fracturing Projects in the Peace River Region. Our Governance Structure    

Gidimt'en territory access checkpoint to First Nation land

Article 10 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples clearly states “Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their land or territories.” Any removal of Wet’suwet’en peoples by the RCMP, or any other authoritarian forces, has directly violated UNDRIP and the Trudeau government’s promise to implement UNDRIP.

The RCMP have now installed a roadblock on the Wedzin Kwa (Morice River) Road, through Gidumt’en territory and the only access road to Unist’ot’en Camp, effectively cutting off communications, media, and supplies to those living there, including clients of the Healing Center.

Unist’ot’en Dark House member, Freda Huson said, “I am here in my home, on my land. I am not a criminal for protecting my most critical infrastructure which is my berries, my medicine, my water, my right to teach future Unist’ot’en generations how to live in right relationship with the land. Without water, no human will survive and these projects like TransCanada’s Coastal Gaslink threatens the water. We are the land, the land is us.”

At the time of this publication, the Unist’ot’en Camp is on high alert for a similar violent invasion of their checkpoint. The world is watching.

The Wet’suwet’en people have never signed treaties with Canada or sold their lands, a fact confirmed by Canada’s Supreme Court in 1997 in a landmark case known as Delgamuukw. When TransCanada attempted to deliver a Canadian court injunction against the Unist’ot’en checkpoint, they were stopped by a second checkpoint on the route, on Gitdumt’en Territory.

The injunction was then expanded Friday, December 21, 2018, to cover the entire forest service road, including the second checkpoint. The new order was approved by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Church, after hearing submissions from Coastal GasLink lawyer Kevin O’Callaghan during a brief hearing at the Prince George courthouse.

The Gitdumt’en checkpoint has been publicly supported by hereditary chiefs of the Office of the Wet’suwet’en, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, among others, and on December 20, 2018 were joined by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

Chief Na’mocks Hereditary Chief of the Wet’suwet’en said the Hereditary Chiefs have never signed a paper or had a conversation about giving up authority over their land.

Sovereign Indigenous People illegally arrested

“How can there be reconciliation when they don’t even acknowledge who we are. We are the rights and title holders, we are the highest ranking Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation,” said Na’mocks.

The 22,000 sq km of Wet’suwet’en Territory is divided into five clans and 13 house groups. Each clan/house group manages the use of their own territory. Unist’ot’en homestead sits on Gilsteyu Dark House Territory and manager of this territory is  house group better known as Unist’ot’en. From the Widzin Kwa bridge at 66 km passing the bridge going down to 44 KM it becomes Gidimt’en Territory. The Unist’ot’en clan cannot decide or make decisions regarding Gidimt’en Territory. That would be against Wet’suwet’en Law.

January 8, 2019, 3:50am UTC: LIVE STREAM from Unist’ot’en spokesperson Freda Huson

"We are now preparing for a protracted struggle. The hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en and the land defenders holding the front lines have no intention of allowing Wet’suwet’en sovereignty to be violated. In plain language, the threat made by RCMP to invade Wet’suwet’en territories is a violation of human rights, a siege, and an extension of the genocide that Wet’suwet’en have survived since contact."

January 8, 2019, approx. 3:30pm UTC: VIDEO: The hereditary chiefs have emerged from Gidimt’en checkpoint. They say attempts to negotiate with Coastal GasLink on scene failed. And company workers are dismantling the gates.

Gidumt’en Clan spokesperson Molly Wickham was arrested on her land.

The Wet’suwet’en people have never signed treaties with Canada or sold their lands, a fact confirmed by Canada’s Supreme Court in 1997 in a landmark case known as Delgamuukw. When TransCanada attempted to deliver a Canadian court injunction against the Unist’ot’en checkpoint, they were stopped by a second checkpoint on the route, on Gitdumt’en Territory.

The injunction was then expanded Friday, December 21, 2018, to cover the entire forest service road, including the second checkpoint. The new order was approved by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Church, after hearing submissions from Coastal GasLink lawyer Kevin O’Callaghan during a brief hearing at the Prince George courthouse.

The Gitdumt’en checkpoint has been publicly supported by hereditary chiefs of the Office of the Wet’suwet’en, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, among others, and on December 20, 2018 were joined by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

Chief Na’mocks Hereditary Chief of the Wet’suwet’en said the Hereditary Chiefs have never signed a paper or had a conversation about giving up authority over their land.

Checkpoint Note - rightclick-view

“How can there be reconciliation when they don’t even acknowledge who we are. We are the rights and title holders, we are the highest ranking Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation,” said Na’mocks.

The following is a statement from neighboring Wet’suwet’en nation and secondary checkpoint heading towards the Unist’ot’en Territory, Gidimt’en Access Point:

Yesterday, members of the RCMP’s Aboriginal Police Liaison met with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and indicated that specially trained tactical forces will be deployed to forcibly remove Wet’suwet’en people from sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory. Police refused to provide any details of their operation to the Dini’ze and Tsake’ze (hereditary chiefs) including the number of officers moving in, the method of forcible removal, or the timing of deployment. By rejecting the requests for information by the Dini’ze and Tsake’ze the RCMP indicated that they intend to surprise and overwhelm the Wet’suwet’en people who are protecting their territories on the ground.

The RCMP’s ultimatum, to allow TransCanada access to unceded Wet’suwet’en territory or face police invasion, is an act of war. Despite the lip service given to “Truth and Reconciliation”, Canada is now attempting to do what it has always done – criminalize and use violence against indigenous people so that their unceded homelands can be exploited for profit.

The RCMP were advised that there are children, elders, and families visiting and present at the Gidimt’en Access Point, to which they did not respond. Since it was established, the Gidimt’en Access Point has hosted gatherings, workshops, and traditional activities for Wet’suwet’en, and provided an essential space for Wet’suwet’en to reconnect with their traditional territories.

Facsheet - rightclick-view to enlarge

Article 10 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples clearly states “Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their land or territories.” Any removal of Wet’suwet’en peoples by the RCMP, or any other authoritarian forces, will directly violate UNDRIP and the Trudeau government’s promise to implement UNDRIP. We are now preparing for a protracted struggle. The hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en and the land defenders holding the front lines have no intention of allowing Wet’suwet’en sovereignty to be violated. In plain language, the threat made by RCMP to invade Wet’suwet’en territories is a violation of human rights, a siege, and an extension of the genocide that Wet’suwet’en have survived since contact.

Canada knows that its own actions are illegal.

The Wet’suwet’en fought for many years in the Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa court case to have their sovereignty recognized and affirmed by Canadian law. In 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Wet’suwet’en people, as represented by their hereditary leaders, had not given up rights and title to 22,000 km2 of Northern British Columbia. Knowing that further litigation would be prohibitively expensive to Indigenous plaintiffs (and that pipeline construction could be completed before any significant legal issues could be further resolved) TransCanada and the provincial and federal governments are openly violating this landmark ruling.

The creation of the Gidimt’en Checkpoint was announced in the Wet’suwet’en feast hall, with the support of all chiefs present. Under ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law) all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals. TransCanada lawyers have argued that the Unist’ot’en are essentially a rogue group without a rightful claim to Aboriginal title. The Gidimt’en intervention shows that the Unist’ot’en are not alone, and that the hereditary chiefs of all clans are prepared to uphold Wet’suwet’en law in refusing CGL access.

Hereditary Chiefs of Wet’suwet’en

The Wet’suwet’en have laid out a path toward the implementation of UNDRIP, and the Free, Prior, and Informed Consent requirement of international law. Canada has chosen to ignore this path toward reconciliation. We call on all people of conscience to act in solidarity through an international day of action on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019.

Support the Wet’suwet’en by offering physical support to the camps, monetary or material donation, or by taking action where you stand. We are conducting peaceful actions as sovereign peoples on our territories, and ask that all actions taken in solidarity are conducted peacefully and according to the traditional laws of other Indigenous Nations. Forcible trespass onto Wet’suwet’en territories and the removal of Indigenous peoples from their lands must be stopped. Provincial and federal governments must be confronted.

MEDIA BLACKOUT: In Canada, police block media from covering break up of indigenous pipeline protest

Update 17. January 2019:

Unist’ot’en: Unceded. Undefeated.

FORCE IS NOT CONSENT.

January 17, 2019: Following a landmark press conference yesterday, with the support of leaders from all over “BC”, the Wet’suwet’en and Unist’ot’en remain steadfast in the determination that we will be successful in halting the toxic Coastal GasLink pipeline, and all that threaten the health and safety of unceded and unsurrended territories. Over 200 packed the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre in Smithers for the press conference to hear from Chiefs, Unist’ot’en and Gitdumt’en members. A demonstration took place afterwards with large numbers in support. (Full video of the Press Conference here) There have also been tens of thousands of supporters demonstrating in solidarity actions around the world.

 

Some of you may be thinking we’ve lost. That we’ve made an agreement with industry. That we are bending, conceding, giving up. This is not true. We will never give up. There will be no pipelines on our Yin’tah. The Unist’ot’en have never been defeated. We will win this fight, and we will do it with integrity and honour, as we have always done.

Our hereditary chiefs witnessed the brutality of the RCMP at 44. The militarized police force. The snipers and automatic weapons. Canada came to our territories poised for battle. They came to invade us for industry.

Unist’ot’en yin’tah is a place of healing. It is home to Wet’suwet’en people seeking refuge from colonial trauma. People recovering from addiction. People reconnecting with the land. Our chiefs love our people and want them to thrive. We would not send our ill and healing people to war. We would not tell our people to fight on a day of mourning.

Union of B.C. Indigenous Chiefs president and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip speaking at a rally with chiefs from around B.C. outside of the Coastal GasLink pipeline route who support Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs’ opposition to the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline. (Chris Gareau photo)

CGL and RCMP have twisted our words and misrepresented our intentions. They raided our land one day and showed up offering protection the next. We do not trust them. They are liars, and bullies, and colonizers, and thieves. But we are not like them. We know what we are doing is right.

We follow our laws and protocols. We respect each other. We are up against a heartless company and a faceless state. CGL dismantled the gate on a funeral day. RCMP blocked the road so we could not attend the funeral or feast. We gathered together, held each other up. This is what we do in the face of violence and oppression. We remember our teachings. This is why we are still here, still strong, still fighting. We learn from the land how to be resilient, how to grow. We turn to our story as Wet’suwet’en people, we turn to our culture and our laws. We know that is where our power lies.

We don’t need their guns or their money. We have the land and the water and the animals and all our relations. We don’t need their court orders and police enforcement. We have our Indigenous neighbours and relatives standing beside us. We don’t need their threats and intimidation. We have the strength of our ancestors within us. We don’t need their force and their violence. We have governed ourselves sustainably since time immemorial. We are still here. We are still fighting. This is not over.

We trust our hereditary chiefs. We trust our elders. We listen to them. We trust our systems of governance, which have lasted thousands of years and will last for thousands more. We respect the land.

B.C. chiefs gather in Smithers to support Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs’ position on Unist’ot’en camp and opposition to Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline. (Chris Gareau photo)

UPDATE 10. January 2018:

THIS IS NOT OVER

The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have by absolutely no means agreed to let the Coastal GasLink pipeline tear through our traditional territories.

On January 7th at the Gidumt’en access point, the RCMP used excessive and brutal force. We expected a large response, we did not expect a military level invasion where our unarmed women and elders were faced with automatic weapons and bulldozers.

While the chiefs have a responsibility to protect the land, they also have a duty to protect our land defenders. Our people faced an incredible risk of injury or death and that is not a risk we are willing to take for an interim injunction.  The agreement we made allows Coastal GasLink to temporarily work behind the Unist’ot’en gate. This will continue to be a waste of their time and resources as they will not be building a pipeline in our traditional territory.

This injunction was against Warner Naziel, Freda Huson, and Jane and John Doe as individuals.  Our efforts over the past month made the RCMP, Coastal GasLink, and the colonial governments recognize that this is not an issue of individual “protestors” but rather an issue of our house chiefs’ jurisdiction to make decisions on our own lands.  We have fought for many years to make this point by politely telling it like it is. Now, with the world watching, with our voices reverberating around the globe, we have turned the tables.

There can be no question now that this is an issue of Wet’suwet’en Rights and Title. We have demonstrated that this fight is about more than a pipeline; it is about the right of Indigenous peoples around the world to exercise Free, Prior, and Informed Consent.

We have the power to tell the governments of the world that enough is enough, rather than being plowed down by force today or tomorrow. We will use our voice to continue this battle by asserting our Rights and Title.

This week, the Canadian state laid siege to our land behind the smokescreen of “reconciliation.” We see through their attempts to further colonial violence and remove us from our territories. We remain undeterred, unafraid, and unceded.

This fight is far from being over.

We paved the way with the Delgamuuk’w court case and the time has come for Delgamuuk’w II.  We have never had the financial resources to challenge the colonial court system, due to the enormous price tag of an Aboriginal title case.

Hereditary Chiefs stand strong at the Second Blockade

Who will stand with us to make sure this pipeline does not go through?

Who will support our work to reclaim our territories and assert our right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent?

Who will insist that Indigenous peoples have the right to say NO to projects that inflict violence on our people and territories?

⭐ HOST A SOLIDARITY EVENT: See the International Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en event page. We are conducting peaceful actions as sovereign peoples on our territories, and ask that all actions taken in solidarity are conducted peacefully and according to the traditional laws of other Indigenous Nations. Forcible trespass onto Wet’suwet’en territories and the removal of Indigenous peoples from their lands must be stopped. Provincial and federal governments must be confronted.

⭐ SIGN THE PLEDGE: Join thousands of organizations and individuals in signing the pledge in support of Unist’ot’en

⭐ CONTACT REPRESENTATIVES: This page has been set up so you can send an email directly to relevant Federal cabinet ministers and BC Provincial cabinet ministers calling on  the RCMP and Coastal Gas Link to respect Unist’ot’en/Giltseyu-Dark House on their unceded lands.

#unistoten #wetsuwetenstrong #thetimeisnow #wetsuweten #nopipelines #notrespass #unistotencamp

ACTION ALERT – International Call to Action for Gidimt’en Access Checkpoint

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A Message From the Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidumt'en Territory

The World watched in horror as militarized RCMP descended onto unceded Wet'suwet'en territories on Monday January 7, 2019. Peaceful women and eldersw were faced with heavy assault rifles. Fourteen land defenders were arrested, including Gitdumt'en Caln spokesperson Molly Wickham.

The interim injunction was issues and RCMP militarized raid occurred BEFORE the named defendants and Wet'suwet'en Nation has even had chance to respond in court. They will be appearing in BC Supreme Court on January 31, 2019 to affirm Wet'suwet'en Rights and Title.

As the Unist'ot'en Camp says: "This fight is far from over.

We paved the way with the Delgamuuk'w court case and the time has come for Delgamuuk'w II.

To see a full list of actions taking place see the Wet'suwet'en Support page.

#Notrespass   #Wedzinkwa   #Wetsuwetenstrong

For reliable updates at any given time please bookmark the official Unist'ot'en Camp Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/unistoten/ or the Wet'suwet'ten Access Point on Gidumt'en Terriorty.

We call on all supporters of Indigenous Rights and Climate Justice to immediately contact the political leaders of Canada and the province of British Columbia. Demand they respect Wet'suwet'en jurisdiction in their territory.


Province of BC

Solidarity Demonstration for Unist'ot'en. Halifax: Monday Jan. 14, 2019. Dozens of supporters shut down the city's main intersection as days of rolling solidarity actions kick-off on Mi'kmaq territory.

Premier John Horgan
Phone: 250-387-1715
Email:

Attorney General David Eby
Phone: 250-387-1866
Email:

Honourable Michelle Mungall
Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resurces
Phone: 250-953-0900
Email:

Honourable George Heyman
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Phone: 250-387-1187
Email:

Honourable Scott Fraser
Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Phone: 250-953-4844
Email:

Federal

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau -
Telephone: 613-992-4211
Email: .
Fax: 613-941-6900

(There has been a federal cabinet shuffle on 14th January 2018. Minister's names and contact info will be updated)

You can also contact your own local MLA, MPP, MNA or MP.

A Message From the Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidumt'en Territory

The World watched in horror as militarized RCMP descended onto unceded Wet'suwet'en territories on Monday January 7, 2019. Peaceful women and eldersw were faced with heavy assault rifles. Fourteen land defenders were arrested, including Gitdumt'en Caln spokesperson Molly Wickham.

Frontman of the neo-colonial settlers:Rick Gateman - President of Coastal GasLink Pipeline
The interim injunction was issues and RCMP militarized raid occurred BEFORE the named defendants and Wet'suwet'en Nation has even had chance to respond in court. They will be appearing in BC Supreme Court on January 31, 2019 to affirm Wet'suwet'en Rights and Title.
 
REINFORCEMENTS ARE  STILL NEEDED ON THE FRONT-LINE! But....

It is standard practice for the RCMP to try to infiltrate agents and even provocateurs into movements they plan to suppress with force. It would be naïve to think they aren't doing so in this situation.

We therefore prefer volunteers at this critical time to either have previous experience at the Unist'ot'en Camp or be able to provide references from one or more persons who have been to the Camp or are well known within the movement. 

If  you meet that criteria and are physically fit for the hard work of supporting the camp and checkpoints (especially during the northern winter), prepared to commit at least two weeks or more and are prepared to work under the leadership and protocols of the Indigenous stewards of the Yintah then register
HERE.

And thanks to those who stepped up with offers of transportation in response to our previous call-out. Vehicles are still needed so please register HERE.

 

We Want To Share With You Just A Sample of the Solidarity Actions and Statements

That Have Flooded Social Media and the News This Past Week.


‘Youth says No!’ to attacks on Unist’ot’en: Vancouver Saturday Jan 13, 2019

Sacred Stone Stand With Unist’oten with LaDonna Brave Bull Allard and Unist'ote'n spokesperson Freda Huson
 

UBCIC president Stewart Phillip warns Premier John Horgan of "Battleground B.C."


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The Time is Now

The injunction application and civil lawsuit by Coastal GasLink ignores the jurisdiction and authority of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs and feast system of governance. In November 2018, TransCanada tried to enter Unist’ot’en territory to begin work on their fracked gas pipeline. Johnny Morris of the Gidimt’en Clan respectfully turned them away. Supreme Court of Canada decisions, such as Delgamuukw-Gisday'wa and Tsilhqot’in, recognize that Aboriginal title includes the right to use, manage, possess land, and to decide how the land will be used.

Coastal GasLink’s use of injunctions and lawsuits against Indigenous peoples is counter to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which protects Indigenous right to self-determination including Article 10 that stipulates “Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories.” According to Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, criminalization has become an increasingly common tool against Indigenous peoples: “The rapid expansion of development projects on indigenous lands without their consent is driving a global crisis. These attacks – whether physical or legal – are an attempt to silence Indigenous Peoples voicing their opposition to projects that threaten their livelihoods and cultures.”

For the past eight years the Unist’ot’en have taken a strong stand against numerous proposed pipelines that threaten their territory and community, and till date no pipeline work has been done within Unist’ot’en territory. Contractors from pipeline companies have been confronted by land defenders and peacefully turned away several times over the years. The camp has grown to a whole community in resistance including a permaculture garden, a solar powered mini-grid, and a healing lodge. The Healing Lodge in the path of Coastal GasLink pipeline is currently home to Wet’suwet’en community members who are receiving holistic and land-based treatment for substance abuse. TransCanada’s injunction application is a direct threat to the self-determination, health, wellness, and safety of the residents of the Healing Center, and an extension of the colonial violence from which Wet'suwet'en people are trying to heal.

Coastal GasLink fracked gas project

The TransCanada Coastal GasLink pipeline will run approximately 670 kilometres across Northern B.C. It is part of a recently-approved $40 billion

Protesters at TransCanada HQ

fracked gas project LNG Canada that is the single largest private sector investment in Canadian history. LNG Canada is a fracked gas processing facility run by five companies, of which Royal Dutch Shell is a 40% owner. The NDP provincial government announced tax breaks for this LNG project even though the biggest driver of climate change in the province over the coming decades will be from the LNG industry.

Fracking injects vast amounts of freshwater combined with sand and 750 chemicals into drill sites to break up hard shale formations and release trapped gas below the ground. Fracking also causes large amounts of methane to escape into the atmosphere, which has a serious impact on our climate and public health. Alberta’s tar sands is the top consumer of fracked gas in Canada, accounting for one-quarter of the fracked gas used.

Due to the catastrophic and irreversible impact of fracking on water ways, land, food systems, and cultural practices, ALL the Wet'suwet'en Clans have rejected the Coastal GasLink pipeline. According to Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en Hereditary Spokesperson, "The land is not separate from us. The land sustains us. And if we don’t take care of her, she won’t be able to sustain us, and we as a generation of people will die."

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