UPDATE 19. June 2019: Trudeau Approves Expansion of Trans Mountain Pipeline Despite Indigenous Protests
UPDATE 02. April 2019: Members of B.C. First Nation plan new camp to block natural gas pipeline path
UPDATE 28. Feb. 2019: Canada's Justin Trudeau is done - He's irreparably damaged, people say on Twitter. Trudeau, however, has dismissed calls to resign amid explosive allegations from Canada’s ex-attorney general, who testified that the prime minister tried to pressure her to drop a bribery probe into a Quebec-based firm. Former minister of justice and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould told parliament’s justice committee on 27. February 2019 that senior officials “barraged” her with requests to drop criminal charges against SNC Lavalin, a Canadian engineering company accused of using bribes to secure government contracts in Libya. Wilson-Raybould testified that the intense political pressure included “veiled threats” and even attempts by Trudeau to persuade her to shut down the proceedings in favor of a wrist-slap fine.
“I experienced a consistent and sustained effort by many people within the government to seek to politically interfere in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion in my role as the attorney general of Canada in an inappropriate effort,” she said in her opening statement.
The prime minister, Wilson-Raybould claimed, had expressed concern that the probe could endanger jobs in Quebec and asked her to “help out” with the case. In total, the former attorney general recounted 10 meetings and 10 phone calls she had with Trudeau and top government officials urging leniency for the firm.
Wilson-Raybould, and Indigenous Native of Canada, told the committee that she believed her refusal to abandon the prosecution was the reason she was abruptly demoted to the position of veteran affairs minister.
Her testimony has led to calls from Canada’s conservative opposition for Trudeau to step down.
“I was sickened and appalled by [Wilson-Raybould's] story of inappropriate and, frankly, borderline illegal pressure brought to bear on her by the highest levels of Justin Trudeau's government,” Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said.
Trudeau has dismissed demands for his resignation, insisting that he has “always acted appropriately and professionally.”
The alleged attempt to pressure Wilson-Raybould to drop the case against SNC Lavalin was first reported by the Globe and Mail in early February, creating a major headache for Trudeau’s Liberal Party ahead of federal elections in October.
SNC-Lavalin was accused of issuing $48 million in bribes to Libyan officials in the decade leading up to the NATO-led overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's government in 2011. The company was also charged with defrauding Libyan companies of about $130 million.
The scandal has shaken Trudeau’s image as a poster boy for progressive government. His support for a controversial pipeline in British Columbia has also left some Canadians questioning Trudeau’s ‘eco-friendly’ credentials.
UPDATE: February 14, 2019: Significant Archaeological Finding Pauses CGL Work on Unist’ot’en Territory (see below)
UPDATE: 10. 02. 2019 - RCMP Silver Command John Brewer and Gold Command Dave Attfield, who oversaw the raid on Gidumt'en, walked into
#Unistoten 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 !!!
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.
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.
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.
Canada Hates Indigenous People
Our Elders wept as they surveyed the damage left behind by CGL at a trapping site our people have always used. A day after a sweat ceremony, with RCMP threatening the arrest of our trappers and healing centre clients, CGL contractors illegally destroyed the rest of one of our traplines.
We see daily how RCMP permits CGL to break Canadian laws, while we are threatened with arrest for exercising our rights and title. We have never ceded or surrendered our rights to this land, and we never will.
We abide by their injunction and all that we have asked is that they uphold their own laws. The RCMP has openly violated its agreement with our chiefs. They waste our time daily. CGL continuously harasses our healing centre clients, while RCMP threatens enforcement.
Canada hates us. Canada hates Wet’suwet’en, Mi’kmaq, Tahtlan, Nehiyaw, Anishinaabe, Kaska, Denesuline, Secwepemc, and the list goes on. Canada hates us all.
Rise up. We cannot let them win.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Canadian National Days Of Shame
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#Kahnasatake Oka Standoff
Trudeau Surrenders To Native Protest - did he?