UPDATE: February 14, 2019: Significant Archaeological Finding Pauses CGL Work on Unist’ot’en Territory (see below)

Unist'to'ten Matriarchs steadfast against aggression of "Royal" Canadian "Mounted" Police - RCMP. pics: MT

UPDATE: 10. 02. 2019 - RCMP Silver Command John Brewer and Gold Command Dave Attfield, who oversaw the raid on Gidumt'en, walked into today to demand a key to Unist'ot'en's gate and the removal of their guard shed to increase access for man-camp trailers. The Unist'ot'en matriarchs said NO!.

Shame on these colonial officers JOHN BREWER AND DAVE ATTFIELD - "ROYAL" AGGRESSORS GO HOME !!!

As continues to resist , is seeking to sell part of the pipeline to indigenous groups to divide resistance.

Shame on JOHN BREWER AND DAVE ATTFIELD

Trudeau Government in Contempt of Canada Supreme Court

Canada settler government still uses old colonial tricks and hates Indigenous Peoples

Canada is still Crown-Land under the British Queen - and this is where it all comes from. No peace is possible until the still imperialist Anglo-Saxons and Commonwealth affiliated stake- and stickholders of state or provincial governments as well as their allies stop and end their neo-colonial agenda or are defeated and restrained.

Justin Trudeau does not keep promises.

The following alert and media release from the embattled Unist'ot'en People shows clearly that the heinous ways of the colonialists just persist:

(Unist'ot'en Camp) We acknowledge that there has been a misleading statement released by the Office of the Wet’suwet’en and the Province (* see below) that references prior plans for negotiations on Wet’suwet’en rights and title with Wet’suwet’en Dinï ze’ and Ts'akë ze’ (Hereditary Chiefs). In accordance with Wet’suwet’en Law, these initial plans were to be shared with, and supported by, Wet’suwet’en members at a feast before formal negotiations would commence. We respect and recognize the autonomy and authority of our neighbouring Wet’suwet’en Dinï ze’ and Ts'akë ze’ to make decisions and release information on behalf of their respective Clans and yin’tah (traditional territories); however, the O.W. release does not represent the interests or position of the Unist’ot’en.

Presently, the Unist’ot’en are not actively engaged in any rights and title discussions with the Province. The talks have advanced under the optic of “reconciliation,” though we have witnessed John Horgan’s government openly ignore the Canadian legal precedents which affirm our Hereditary Chiefs’ authority over Wet’suwet’en territories, opting instead to authorize CGL’s violent invasion of our territory by militarized RCMP.

We do not believe reconciliation is possible when our Wet’suwet’en people face the barrel of a gun. The Unist’ot’en continue to abstain from these discussions, as meaningful negotiation cannot occur under duress. Throughout ongoing “reconciliation” discussions, the Province has acted in bad faith by authorizing violence against our people and openly violating our asserted sovereignty. Authentic negotiation would require that all unauthorized work on Wet’suwet’en yin’tah cease immediately. This has not yet occurred.

We have always prioritized the health and sustainability of our yin’tah, and the health and safety of our Wet’suwet’en people. This remains true today. The Unist’ot’en have seen, through the flawed B.C treaty process, that the Province will delay, frustrate, and stonewall any attempt to have our rights and title recognized at a boardroom table.

  STOP - No Trespass on Unceded Lands - STOP

By attacking unarmed Wet’suwet’en people on January 7th, 2019, the province has blatantly violated Wet’suwet’en rights and ’Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet'suwet'en Law). The RCMP has openly violated the agreement they reached with our Dinï ze’ and Ts'akë ze’ by threatening our trappers and healing center clients with arrest, while establishing new “exclusion zones” after we complied with the temporary injunction. The RCMP has stood by while CGL has freely violated both Wet’suwet’en and Canadian laws, destroying our registered trapline and bulldozing our yin’tah without adhering to due process that prevents disruption of ancestral remains and artifacts. The province continues their occupation of Wet’suwet’en territories while our people face daily harassment from police and CGL private security.

We ensure our supporters, allies, and community members that the Office of Wet'suwet'en negotiations do not represent Unist’ot’en interests. Further, the negotiations do not impact our resistance to pipelines currently underway or resistance efforts to come.

As a sovereign nation illegally and violently occupied by Canada, with negotiations occurring under duress, we will continue to pursue all avenues available to uphold Wet’suwet’en Law and protect our unceded territories.

Unist’ot’en Dinï ze’ and Ts'akë ze’ DO NOT consent to pipelines on Unist’ot’en territory and reaffirm our sovereignty -- from time immemorial, and forever, these lands are Unist’ot’en.

(*)  Reference: MISLEADING STATEMENT

Comment on the misleading statement from EAGLEWATCH:

"Mr. Rankin, a lawyer and mediator, has an understanding of the Supreme
Court’s historic Delgamuukw Gisday’ Wa decision and an abiding commitment
to better understand the history and current reality of the Wet’suwet’en
people."

More slick shit, sleight of hand and razzle dazzle.

It was/is an army of lawyers beginning with John A. himself and
landgrabbers like Alexander Morris, Zebulun Lash, etc. who have robbed and
cheated Indigenous people since "Confederation".  Rankin will be no
different.

#Wetsuwetenstrong #Unistoten #Wedzinkwa #Nopipelines #Notrespass

Canada Hates Indigenous People

Unist'ot'en supporter toolkit: https://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkithttps://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit

The camp has been a beacon of resistance for nearly 10 years. It is a healing space, for indigenous people and settlers alike, an active example of decolonization, steadfast in its refusal to let fossil fuel infrastructure be built across the land.
 
If you have witnessed the power of the land, if you have been inspired from afar, if you care about the future of this planet, please donate to this legal fund.
 

Oil and gas corporations use legal pressure and intimidation to do their dirty work. We must come together and let it be known that those putting their personal and financial futures on the line to defend the land will be supported.

Please donate, organize fundraisers, and activate your community to support those on the frontlines.

For support contact:
 

Unist'ot'en legal defense fund: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/unistoten-camp-legal-fund

Unist’ot’en Demand Stop-Work Order for Coastal GasLink Pipeline

Unist'ot'en forest destroyed by CGL - Photo Credit: Michael Toledano

January 27, 2019 – The Unist’ot’en House Group of the Gilseyhu Clan is demanding that Coastal GasLink Ltd. cease work immediately due to non-compliance with BCOGC and BCEAO permits and ongoing violations of Canadian and Wet’suwet’en Law.

RCMP and the Conservation Officers’ Service have refused to intervene in the destruction of active Wet’suwet’en traplines by Coastal GasLink bulldozers in blatant violation of Section 46 of the Wildlife Act. Unist’ot’en was told by the Conservation Officers’ Service this weekend that investigating this ongoing crime is not a priority for their office. CGL contractors have now completely bulldozed the section of trapline at Camp 9A, with many traps unaccounted for.

Under the conditions of Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) and BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC) permits, Coastal Gaslink (CGL) is required to have completed a site-specific archaeological survey before undertaking any clearing work on the proposed man-camp site in Unist’ot’en Territory known as Camp 9A. CGL acknowledged in their injunction application that these archaeological surveys have not been completed. The Office of Wet’suwet’en and Unist’ot’en House Group have not received evidence of these completed site-specific surveys, as is required by the EAO and BCOGC. Due to the Unist’ot’en House Group’s prolific use of their territory since time immemorial, it is critical that proposed work sites are properly assessed to prevent destruction of historical encampments and artifacts or gravesites.

The provincial Environmental Assessment Office, FLNRO, the BC Archaeological Branch and the BC Oil and Gas Commission have not taken substantive action in response to Unist’ot’en and Office of Wet’suwet’en requests for an immediate stop-work order to address and investigate potential ongoing violations of the conditions of their Environmental Assessment Certificate and their BCOGC permits.

The Coastal Gaslink Environmental Assessment Certificate also requires CGL to notify all tenure holders in the area affected by pipeline construction a full six months before undertaking any construction activity that could impact their tenure. Chief Knedebeas holds trapline tenure for Unist’ot’en territory, and was notified by CGL that site clearing and construction on Camp 9A would not begin until 2020.

Peaceful resisters stand up to injust corporate and government aggression

Earlier this month, under the threat of police violence, Unist’ot’en Chiefs reached an agreement with the RCMP to comply with CGL’s temporary injunction. That agreement states that “there will not be any RCMP interference with our members regarding access to the territory for the purposes of trapping and/or other traditional practices.” In violation of this agreement, RCMP have threatened Wet’suwet’en trappers with arrest for attempting to access their traplines, and warned healing centre patients that they could be arrested for participating in ceremony. RCMP escorted CGL into active work zones, while refusing to allow or facilitate access of Unist’ot’en members to attend the ceremony and check on the safety of participants who were beyond the active workzone. CGL workers have been citing breach of the injunction and demanding healing centre clients remove small branches and minor debris from the road way while they were collecting firewood, without causing any obstruction to CGL work. Clients have identified feeling unsafe as a result of continual RCMP presence outside the healing centre and the unwarranted, confrontational conduct of CGL work crews.

CGL has been bulldozing #unistoten territory for a multi-use site / man camp without ever conducting an on the ground archaeological impact assessment. A supporter combing through the disturbed earth at the CGL man-camp site just found several arrowheads.

Quotes from Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en House Group Spokesperson:

“We honored the terms of the injunction, even though we weren’t given enough time to mount a proper defence at the injunction hearing. We honored all the terms of the agreements we’ve made with the RCMP since the enforcement order came down.

We are witnessing police break all of the agreements they have made with our chiefs, watching them actively protecting CGL and its contractors as they violate the Wildlife Act and the conditions of their permits, and watching the agencies responsible for enforcing these conditions do nothing. We opened our gates assuming that everyone would be treated equally under the law. We see that the RCMP, the EAO, the BCOGC, and the NDP-Green coalition government have no intentions of enforcing any part of the Canadian law that causes any inconvenience to this rich, powerful corporation.

Coastal Gaslink is breaking all their own Canadian laws while we are upholding Wet’suwet’en laws and responsibilities to the land.”

See attached supporting documents, including permit conditions and photos of Camp 9A site and destroyed trapline. Traplines are culturally significant markers of continued use, and are a source of furs and sustenance. The location of this photograph documents the destruction of the trapline by Coastal GasLink LTD on Unist’ot’en Territory. The Unist’ot’en House Group of the Gilseyhu Clan holds title to a large area in Northwestern British Columbia. The company, Coastal GasLink is attempting to build a fracked gas pipeline without the Hereditary Chiefs’ consent.

Media Contact: Freda Huson
Email:

Supporting Documents and photo

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UPDATE: February 14, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Significant Archaeological Finding Pauses CGL Work on Unist’ot’en Territory

On February 13th, 2019, two stone tools were recovered from the construction site of Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd.’s (CGL) proposed mancamp, Site 9A, marking a significant archaeological discovery that indicates a longstanding and continued tie between Wet’suwet’en people and their ancestral territories. Coastal GasLink is legally obligated to stop work in order for a full archaeological assessment to be conducted.

Presently, Coastal GasLink has paused work on this archaeological site, but has not indicated to the Unist’ot’en if they intend to cease work until they are compliant with existing Canadian laws.

In the absence of an adequate Archaeological Impact Assessment (AIA), and continued breaches of the conditions of Coastal GasLink’s permits, the Unist’ot’en clan has been combing Site 9A for evidence of cultural use. This is made possible by the heavy machinery turning up the forest floor and exposing potential archaeological features and artifacts.

Two Unist’ot’en supporters with limited archaeological knowledge conducted a pedestrian survey comprising about a quarter of the worksite. A complete biface stone tool was recovered alongside a partial base fragment of a stem point. Archaeologists from the Smithsonian Institution, Dr. Chelsey G. Armstrong and her colleagues as well as Dr. Chris Springer estimate that the stem point is likely associated with the Shuswap Horizon dating between 3500-2400 years before present.

Additional stone tools at the site were observed and recorded, but the scale and scope of the necessary archaeological work requires the assistance of professional archaeologists. Other archaeological features and artifacts associated with the production and/or usage of stone tools (e.g., flake debitage) are most likely located in the vicinity site but are unidentifiable without the proper training, equipment, time and opportunity to shovel test and/or excavate.

The discovery of these stone tools reaffirms Unist’ot’en knowledge and oral history, which indicate this site as being one of prior significant occupancy. Further testing and research must be done to determine the density of artifacts and features in proximity of the proposed CGL development. Such research could reveal the temporality of occupancy, size of potential settlements and/or hunting camps, types of activities associated with the site, possibility of being a burial site containing human remains as well as numerous other potential findings.

Wet’suwet’en culture and ‘Anuc niwh’it’ën (Wet’suwet’en Law) is inextricably derived from our relationship to our yintah (traditional territories), and our historic and continued use of our territories. These cultural sites and artifacts must be preserved and could provide material evidence to oral history, furthering our understanding of how ‘Anuc niwh’it’ën was lived on our yintah by our ancestors. These artifacts could demonstrate how the Wet’suwet’en controlled access to our yintah and enforced trespass, and provide evidence of continued use and occupation through many generations.

Coastal GasLink has shown that their desktop study (termed “Archaeological Overview Assessment”) has been completed remotely and does not involve the gathering of any archaeological information on the ground. This is not synonymous with a Archaeological Impact Assessment, and CGL has relied on the lack of clear definitions around AIA requirements to sidestep responsible archaeological practices. Their injunction application affidavits indicate that no site investigation or fieldwork was completed at the site prior to construction, as required under the terms of their BCOGC and EAO permits. The area was bulldozed and excavated without an archaeologist ever having set foot on site. Surveys conducted by CGL contractors and employees have proven inadequate, given that the company bulldozed multiple traps before realizing there was a trapline on their proposed construction site.

Under section 13(2) of the Heritage Conservation Act, administered by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Coastal GasLink must not “damage, excavate, dig in or alter, or remove any heritage object from, a site that contains artifacts, features, materials or other physical evidence of human habitation or use before 1846” OR from “a site that contains artifacts, features, materials or other physical evidence of unknown origin.” The Heritage Conservation Act is binding on the government, and overrides any other conflicting Act. It protects heritage sites pre-dating 1846 AD, and requires Coastal GasLink, as the BCOGC and EAO permit holder, to cease all work immediately.

The Heritage Conservation Act falls under the jurisdiction of the Archaeology Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. Should Coastal GasLink fail to comply with the Act as detailed in their Environmental Assessment Certificate and BCOGC permits, we call on the Minister, Hon. Doug Donaldson, to issue a stop work order under Section 16. If work continues in this area, it will continue to cause irreparable harm to Wet’suwet’en cultural heritage and our longstanding land-based traditions. Responsibility for this damage lies with Coastal GasLink, complicit RCMP observers, and the Provincial government.

The Unist’ot’en have made it clear that this area has been occupied and used continuously by Wet’suwet’en since time immemorial, up until Coastal GasLink bulldozed our trapline in the first stages of clearing the site. This oral tradition has now been reaffirmed with material evidence.

We call upon all relevant authorities to immediately stop all work in this area. Permitting any further industrial activity would constitute a clear violation of both Wet’suwet’en and Canadian law.

Media Contact:

Freda Huson, Spokesperson

Dark House – Unist’ot’en

 
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Canadian National Days Of Shame

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This timeline chronicles some of the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

 

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