RCMP Blocked From Entering Unist’ot’en Territory

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Unist’ot’en Call for Physical Support and Solidarity

Dear Friends and Supporters,

It is becoming clear that the situation here is moving toward an escalation point. Chevron has set up a base in Houston in order to do work on the secton of Pacific Trails Pipeline that crosses our traditional territory.

In recent days a low-flying helicopter has flown over the camp several times following a route that corresponds to the path of the proposed PTP pipeline. We were also visited by the head of the RCMP detachment who clearly stated to Freda that they intend to “ensure the work crews can do their work safely.”

Our supporters maintaining an Unist’ot’en check point on Chisolm Rd were also visited and threatened by the police. In both cases, the officers asserted that we could be arrested for blocking a “public road”.

It is clear by the timing of these recent police actions that they are working in tandem with the pipeline companies.

We have made it clear to the police and industry that we are not blockading the road. We are establishing check-points on the boundaries of our unceded Unist’ot’en territories. People and companies who gain our consent are allowed to enter.

Many of you have visited our yintah (territory) and have experienced first-hand our critical infrastructure of water, salmon, berries and medicines. We are determined to protect this land for future generations, and in the process do our bit to shut down the toxic fossil fuel infrastructure that threatens all forms of living life on this planet.

At this time we would like to ask our supporters for the following things:

1) If you have been to our camp before and/or if you feel comfortable to put your self on the front-line to stand with us against Chevron, you can register here: http://www.jotform.ca/unistoten/actioncamp

2) If you are unable to assist in person but would like to send financial support to help us with equipment and operational costs, donations can be sent by email transfer to fhuson(at)gmail.com

Or if you would like to donate online you could contribute to the Healing Centre fundraiser: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/axsMd/ab/24dGu0

Cheques can be made out to “Tse Wedi Elth”, 620 CN Station Rd, Smithers, BC, V0J 2N1.

3) You could organize solidarity actions where you live, either against Chevron directly or one of their investors.

Sne Kal Yah!

Unist’ot’en Camp

Saint Mary’s First Nation initiates blockade in response to Prime Ministers Harper’s lack of consultation with the aboriginal people of Canada

Road Blockage on Dedham Street

In response to Harper’s Bill C-45, and his lack of consultation with Canada’s first nation’s people, natives throughout Canada have started various demonstrations ranging from hunger strikes to Road Blockades.

Alongside of other Native communities, Saint Mary’s set up blockade on Dedham Street from 12:00 to 16:00 in showing their objections to the Indian Act changes. The Blockade seem to have received much public support from passing motorists who showed their approval of the blockade by honking their horns.

Harpers Omnibus Budget bill encapsulated many other bills that will affect all Canadians in an aversive way, while putting more profits into the hands of the Global Corporations and making it easier for industrial development and exploitation of Canada’s natural resources at the expense of Canadians.

The changes that have been made to the Indian act allow the government to redistribute traditional native lands tracks. Previous to the changes it was difficult for the Corporations to simply, “Walk in rape and pillage the land” to satisfy their investors. In conjunction with the changes to the Indian Act, Harper has remove most of the protection that protected Canadian Waters from being contaminated by corporate and industrial exploitation.

According to one of the protesters at the blockade, Lawyers will be meeting with Chief Candice Paul discuss strategies to “Educate” the people about the changes and the ramifications of the Indian Act changes. It is not known at this time whether or not these Lawyers are being paid by the Harper administration or are they independent of the Political machinery and give and unbiased interpretation of the effects of the changes.

First nations calls for National Blockade in Protest of Bill C-45

Bill C-45 means all Agreed Treaties with First Nations will be Erased!

By André Faust

Harper’s Omnibus Budget Bill has ominous implications for Canada’s First Nations, under the dreaded embedded bill C-45 goes far beyond redistribution of reserve land.  The total inhalation of agreed treaties between First Nations and the Federal Government will be accomplished though this bill and in addition funding for education will be lost and the protection of Canada’s water resources.

The Federal Government has acted unilaterally without any consultations with the aboriginal people of Canada on matters that will affect them.  The demonstration at the New Brunswick Legislature was an attempt to have support of the provincial government against Harper’s Bill C-45.

Eradicating the terms of previous agreed treaty sets a dangerous precedent to what Harper has in store for the rest of Canada. First Nations have articulated that they want a peace full solution; however the resistance that they are receiving from both the provincial and federal government forces them to up scale the protests nationally by setting up blockades.  Woodstock is already in the planning stage for the implementation of blockades other reserves as expected to follow.