2020 #EyesonWet'suwet'en

We’ve gathered a few articles below to help you navigate what the media have been saying about the conflict in Wet’suwet’en, but would be happy to add others that you’d recommend.

Et en français aussi, ci-bas; quoiqu’on serait fier d’en rajouter
si vous en avez à nous proposer.

We have also gathered some addresses and sample letters. Click here to go to the Solidarity Letters page.

In English

Why Are Indigenous Rights Being Defined By An Energy Corporation? – Feb.7 2020 (YellowHead Institute)

by Shiri Pasternak, Assistant Professor in Criminology and Research Director of the the Yellowhead Institute (Ryerson University, Toronto), and author of Grounded Authority: the Algonquins of Barrière Lake Against the State (2017), and guest speaker at Reading to Decolonize on Feb 20, 2020.

Taking surveillance seriouslyFebruary 10, 2020 (Chelsey Vowel’s blog).

by âpihtawikosisân – about the “surveilling Indigenous peoples and our allies”, generally, but in relation to current resistance against the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline in Wet’suwet’en territory. Vowel notes: “Things may seem confusing, because there are claims that the Wet’suwet’ten actually support this project, and there is plenty of media out there trotting out folks from the five out of six Wet’suwet’ten band councils who signed agreements in favour. However it is vital to understand that in 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada made it clear in Delgamuukw and reiterated in Tsilhoqot’in [2014], that the territories in question, along with the rest of the land in BC not covered by Treaties, were never ceded to British Columbia and therefore never ceded to Canada.

B.C. failed to consider links between ‘man camps,’ violence against Indigenous women, Wet’suwe’ten argue – Feb.8 2020 (narwhal.ca)

A formal request for judicial review submitted with the B.C. Supreme Court argues B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office extended permit for Coastal GasLink pipeline without considering the findings of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

RCMP backtracks, says officers won’t stop journalists from reporting on Wet’suwet’en raid – February 7 2020 (thenarwhal.ca)

Refers to the Feb.6 article. Nice map of the various checkpoints along the (Maurice) river into Unist’ot’en Camp.

Police protect corporations, not people – Feb.10 2020 (by Emily Riddle for Priarpatchmagazine.com

No, those who defend the Wet’suwet’en territory are not criminals – Jan.15 2020 (Globe and Mail)

Opinion by Shiri Pasternak (YellowHead Institute) about the Media representation of and stories told about the police raids and arrests on Wet’suwet’en territory.

Canadian Association of Journalists condemns RCMP crackdown on reporters in Wet’suwet’en territory – February 6 2020 (thenarwhal.ca)

Preventing media from documenting arrests along Coastal GasLink pipeline route in northwest B.C. violates the country’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms, according to B.C. Civil Liberties Association

Who speaks for the Wet’suwet’en people? Making sense of the Coastal GasLink conflict – January 14, 2020 (Globe and Mail)

By Fed. MP Jody Wilson-Raybould – “… Reconciliation requires transitioning from the colonial system of government imposed on First Nations through the Indian Act, to systems of Indigenous governance that are determined by Indigenous peoples and recognized by others. The pipeline conflict is a stark reminder that we have not moved with enough urgency or clarity in advancing this transition…”

The Delgamuukw Case – Aug.18 2017/Jan.11 2019 (The Canadian Encyclopedia.ca)

by Gérald A. Beaudoin/ Michelle Filice – brought by The Gitxsan and Wet’suwet’en (see Dakelh) nations, it concerns the definition, the content and the extent of Aboriginal title (i.e., ownership of traditional lands)

EXPLAINER: Wet’suwet’en chiefs vs. Coastal GasLink: A guide to the dispute over a B.C. pipeline Jan.4 2020 / updated Feb.6 – (Globe and Mail)

The long-running battle against a natural-gas project appears set to enter a new phase after a B.C. Supreme Court injunction and the Premier’s pledge that the project will go ahead. Here’s what you need to know

What we mean when we say Indigenous land is ‘unceded’ – Jan.24 2020 (nationalobserver.com)

As RCMP begin arrests, Gidimt’en spokesperson Molly Wickham issues declaration on Wet’suwet’en rights – Feb. 6 2020 (straight.com)

Industry, government pushed to abolish Aboriginal title at issue in Wet’suwet’en stand-off, docs reveal – Feb.7 (narwhal.ca)

By Martin Lukacs and Shiri Pasternak – “In a memo to the B.C. Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, provincial treaty negotiators suggested using federal funds intended for the healing of residential school survivors to advance treaty negotiations. … As part of the federal response to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Liberal government of Jean Chretien had established the Aboriginal Healing Foundation with a $350 million dollar grant in 1998.”

Reconciliation at the End of a Gun: The Wet’suwet’en and the RCMP – February 7, 2020 (FirstPeople’sLaw.ca)

by Bruce McIvor, who puts out a weekly digest of related stories that is worth signing up for.

Federal Court’s Trans Mountain Ruling Betrays Principles of Reconciliation – Feb.5 2020 (thetyee.ca)

by Judith Sayers, (Kekinusuqs) is from the Hupacasath First Nation in Port Alberni, B.C. She President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria in Business and Environmental Studies.

Untangling the ‘rule of law’ in the Coastal GasLink pipeline standoff – Feb.5 2020 (ricochet.media).

by Erin SeatterJerome Turner – It’s far more complicated than simply following an injunction

Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP visits Wet’suwet’en camps, calls for Coastal GasLink pipeline to be ‘revisited’ – 22 Jan.2020 (NainamoBulletin.com)

This story seems to me, Richard, an occasion to write a letter of support to an elected official who says something that I do not find offensive and obfuscating.

IN-DEPTH – B.C. failed to consider links between ‘man camps,’ violence against Indigenous women, Wet’suwet’en argue – Feb.8 2020 (thenarwhal.ca)

Wet’suwet’en protests a revolutionary moment in Canada: Mohawk scholar Gerald Taiaiake Alfred – Feb.13 2020 (straight.com)

 

 
 
 

En français

Les oléoducs de la discorde – 16 janvier 2019 (ledevoir.ca)

de Martin Papillon. “Le gazoduc traverse les terres ancestrales de la nation Wet’suwet’en, terres que ces derniers n’ont jamais cédées à l’État canadien, que ce soit par un traité ou par la force. Dans cette perspective, le blocage de la route menant au chantier constitue une affirmation de l’autorité souveraine du peuple Wet’suwet’en sur ses terres, autorité qu’il exerce depuis bien avant la création de la Colombie-Britannique.”

Trans Mountain : la Cour d’appel fédérale déboute des Premières Nations – 4 février, 2020 (ici.radio-canada.ca)

« La réconciliation s’arrête maintenant », déclarent des chefs autochtones

Parler à un mur – Maitée Labrecque-Saganash (8 fév. 2020 – Journal Métro)

Belle opinion forte de contestation, incluant lien vers un article précédant sur Unist’ot’en et la GRC. Il faudrait écrire au Journal et à la journaliste pour les remercier de donner voix à ce discours.

L’arrêt Delgamuukw – (encyclopédie canadienne.ca)

L’affaire Delgamuukw (1997) (également connue sous le nom de Delgamuukw c. Colombie-Britannique) concerne la définition, le contenu et la portée du concept de titre de propriété autochtone (c.-à-d. la propriété des terres ancestrales). … Les nations des Gitxsan et des Wet’suwet’en (voir Dakelh) tentent à plusieurs reprises de négocier cette propriété avec les gouvernements provincial et fédéral, mais en vain.

Bill Blair demande à la GRC de s’expliquer sur Wet’suwet’en – 24 décembre, 2019 (lapresse.ca)

« Nous sommes engagés à protéger le droit constitutionnel de manifester pacifiquement et sommes préoccupés par les mots et les phrases inacceptables qui, selon ce que rapporte le Guardian, ont été utilisés », a répondu par courriel le porte-parole de M. Blair, Scott Bardsley.

 

Plusieurs droits de la Première Nation Wet’suwet’en ont été violés – 4 février 2020 (lavoixdel’est.ca)

de Pierre Rousseau (Bromont) – “Dans un article publié le vendredi 7 février, vous rapportez l’appui de la députée fédérale du Bloc, Andréanne Larouche, à une manifestante bouleversée par la situation de la Première Nation Wet’suwet’en. J’ai eu l’honneur de travailler avec cette Première Nation il y a une quinzaine d’années et j’aimerais expliquer un peu ce qui se passe dans ce coin de l’intérieur de la Colombie-Britannique.”

Résistance à un projet de pipeline: soutenons la lutte des autochtones – 8 janvier 2020 (lapresse.ca)

par GENEVIÈVE DORVAL
CHARGÉE DE PROJET DANS UN CENTRE DE RÉADAPTATION EN DÉPENDANCES, QUÉBEC – “Voici tout d’abord un peu de contexte…”

L’opposition au projet Coastal GasLink se transporte à Montréal – 11 fév. 2020 (ledevoir.ca)

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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