“We are here to block the transportation infrastructure that is critical to the Canadian economy for as long as the RCMP remains on the territory of the Wet’suwet’en and the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline continues” stated one of the blockade participants, Marianne Côté.

The blockade is organised by a group of settler allies who stand in solidarity with indigenous peoples who are defending their territories from colonial violence and industrial destruction. “Settlers also need to take initiative to respond to the call for solidarity issued by the Wet’suwet’en, and relentlessly disrupt canadian economic and political life” continued Marianne Côté. “It is urgent that the movements fighting against climate change and for the defense of the earth ally itself with indigenous peoples who are fighting for their territory.”

In the last few weeks, the RCMP violently arrested 34 land defenders of the indigenous territory that protects the headwaters of the Wedzin Kwa river from the construction of the CGL pipeline. In doing so, Canada has committed yet another act of colonial invasion on the Yintah, which remains under the jurisdiction of the Wet’suwt’en. Since 2017, the RCMP has put into place a specialized unit, the Community-Industry Response Group (C-IRG), which aims to protect destructive extraction projects and responds against community resistance to them. It is this unit which has been deployed at Fairy Creek and at the Gidim’ten checkpoint. The creation of the C-IRG clearly demonstrates the collusion between the Canadian state and extractive industries in the continued colonial project of the dispossession of indigenous territories and the exploitation of their natural resources.  

The traditional chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en nation have not given their consent to the construction of the pipeline on their territory. They submitted an eviction notice to workers of Coastal GasLink in January 2020, which they enforced on November 14th. The construction of the CGL pipeline presently endangers the Wedzin’kwa river, the source of life for the entirety of the territory. The Wedzin’kwa is what permits the Wet’suwet’en to maintain a living relationship with their traditional knowledge and practices, just as it connects them to their history and the wisdom of their ancestors. It contains the past, present and future of all those whose lives depends on it. The planned destruction of the Wedzin’kwa is just one more shameful step in the Canadian genocide of indigenous peoples, a legacy which contains the residential schools where the bodies of over 7000 indigenous children have been found in the last months.