Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en (Kitchener Waterloo)

8 January 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Shops at Uptown Waterloo
75 King Street South
Waterloo, Ontario
KW Shut It Down

Join us in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en. 50+ solidarity actions taking place around the globe!

Please bring a drum if you have one.

Meet at 7pm uptown outside in front of the Shops on King Street. We will have hot tea – bring your own mug.

Action protocols:

Take action against the provincial government in B.C, federal government of Canada, and Canadian consulate internationally.

Demand that the provincial and federal government uphold their responsibilities to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law).

The Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidumt’en Territory are conducting peaceful actions as sovereign peoples on their territories, and ask that all actions taken in solidarity are conducted peacefully and according to the traditional laws of other Indigenous Nations.

Gidimt’en Access Point

The creation of the Gidimt’en Checkpoint was announced in the Wet’suwet’en feast hall, with the support of all chiefs present. Under ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law) all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals. TransCanada lawyers have argued that the Unist’ot’en are essentially a rogue group without a rightful claim to Aboriginal title. The Gidimt’en intervention shows that the Unist’ot’en Camp are not alone, and that the hereditary chiefs of all clans are prepared to uphold Wet’suwet’en law in refusing Coastal GasLink access.

Canada knows that its own actions are illegal. The Wet’suwet’en fought for many years in the Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa court case to have their sovereignty recognized and affirmed by Canadian law. In 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Wet’suwet’en people, as represented by their hereditary leaders, had not given up rights and title to 22,000km2 of Northern British Columbia. Knowing that further litigation would be prohibitively expensive to Indigenous plaintiffs (and that pipeline construction could be completed before any significant legal issues could be further resolved) TransCanada and the provincial and federal governments are openly violating this landmark ruling.

The 22,000 sq km of Wet’suwet’en Territory is divided into five clans and 13 house groups. Each clan/house group manages the use of their own territory. Unist’ot’en homestead sits on Gilsteyu Dark House Territory and manager of this territory is house group better known as Unist’ot’en. From the Widzin Kwa bridge at 66 km passing the bridge going down to 44 KM it becomes Gitdumt’en Territory. No Clan can make decisions regarding another Clans Territory; that would be against Wet’suwet’en Law.

For guiding principles on how to support, and a fact sheet on the Gidimt’en Access Point, visit: Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gidumt'en Territory (Facebook)

Donate to Gidimt’en Access Point: Fundraiser for Cody Thomas Merriman by Jennifer Wickham : Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidumt’en Territory (GoFundMe)

Donate to Unist’ot’en Legal Fund: Unist'ot'en Camp Legal Fund (Action Network)

Author: KWPeace

KWPeace is a website to link the many Peace and Social Justice organizations in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, and the Waterloo Region townships. KWPeace tries to provide a comprehensive calendar of events.