Statement: Stand.earth in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en land and water defenders

Thursday November 25, 2021

Violent police raids must end for reconciliation to be possible

Environmental group Stand.earth stands in solidarity with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en, the Gidimt’en Checkpoint, the Unist’ot’en Camp, and the many other Indigenous land and water defenders who have stepped up to support them. Stand.earth condemns the violent raids and militarized behaviour by heavily armed police that resulted in the arrests of both Indigenous leaders and members of the media. These actions are unacceptable in a democratic society, and are in direct conflict with reconciliation with Indigenous People.

It is further unconscionable  that the province of BC would consolidate militarized RCMP in Wet’suwet’en territory during a state of emergency due to climate change-fueled floods, instead of sending them to participate in disaster relief efforts in BC’s southern interior. People and livestock are continuing to perish, while further storms are on the horizon. 

The Office of the Wet’suwet’en, whose title to their traditional territory were upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark Delgamuukw decision, have not granted consent for the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline to cross their territory.   

The use of heavily armed police to arrest non-violent land defenders continues the legacy of colonialism that haunts Canada.  We call on the Province of BC and the Federal government to direct RCMP and Coastal Gas Link to stand down and leave the territory immediately in order to return to non-violent and diplomatic negotiations with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs. 

Media contact:

Ziona Eyob, Media Director - Canada, canmedia@stand.earth, +1 604 757 7279 (GMT)