Stand Strong for Wet'suwet'en Yintah

We Are Unfrackable

We need all hands on deck to support the Wet’suwet’en, who are  defending their unceded territory (Yintah) from Coastal GasLink’s (CGL) liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline. The Dinï ze’ and Ts’akë ze’ (Chiefs) wholeheartedly oppose the CGL project, which would turn pristine forests and salmon streams into a fossil fuel corridor. 

The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have launched legal actions to defend their rights and title from unwanted industrial activity, and to hold the governments of Canada and British Columbia accountable to climate commitments for future generations. 


 Donate to support the Wet’suwet’en legal defence fund  and take a stand for future generations. 

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about this campaign

Coastal GasLink is proposing a 670-km pipeline carrying fracked gas from Dawson Creek to a proposed LNG facility in Kitimat. The pipeline is owned by TransCanada, the same corporation funding the Keystone XL and Energy East Pipeline projects. If built, the pipeline would irreversibly transform the ecology and character of northern B.C. It would also lock in decades of fossil fuel extraction at a time when scientists are warning of untold suffering unless all nations rapidly scale down production of fossil fuels.

Challenging permit and human rights violations through Judicial Review

Since time immemorial the Wet’suwet’en have been stewarding and protecting their traditional territories. Now, they are defending land, air and water from the Coastal GasLink pipeline. In February 2020 the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs  launched two separate legal actions. 


The first legal action, launched by all clans of the Wet’suwet’en, acting in unity — seeks a judicial review of Coastal GasLink’s environmental assessment based on multiple permit violations by the company, along with a failure to implement recommendations of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls. 

A Charter Climate Challenge

The second legal action was a Constitutional challenge asking the Federal Court to declare that Canada has a constitutional duty to keep the country’s greenhouse gas emissions well within the Paris Agreement limit of 2 ̊C above pre-industrial levels. Had it not been deemed 'non justicable' — see sidebar — by Canada, the lawsuit could have led to far-reaching changes to Canada’s environmental legislation, including enabling the federal cabinet to cancel approvals previously given to fossil fuel projects such as the LNG export facilities and pipelines proposed for Wet’suwet’en Territories and the northwest B.C. region. 

“The climate crisis is already hitting our House territories hard. You only have to look at the shrinking Hudson Bay Mountain glacier and count the salmon. If Canada is allowed to continue approving infrastructure for fracked gas projects on a 40-year timeline, our territories will become a wasteland before the project licenses expire.”

-Dini Ze’ Lho'imggin, Alphonse Gagnon

A Timeline
  • Februrary 2023


    BC Supreme Court hears Wetsuwe'ten's appeal of April 2021 decision. 

  • April 2021


    BC Supreme Court dismisses the Wet’suwet’en Application for a Judicial Review of B.C.’s decision to extend the environmental certificate for the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

  • December 2020


    Likhts’amisyu Clan of the Wet’suwet’en appeals the Federal Court’s decision to strike the Charter challenge.

  • November 2020


    Federal Court strikes Likhts’amisyu Charter challenge as “not justiciable”, i.e. not appropriate for the court to decide.

  • October 2020


    Judicial Review of BC's granting of permit extension to Coastal GasLink heard October 1-2; at issue are multiple permit violations and a failure to apply recommendations of the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls Report. 

  • February 2020


    Coastal GasLink crews attempt to re-start work in the Morice River area, resulting in RCMP enforcement action on Indigenous land protectors.

  • February 2020


    Solidarity protests and actions erupt in support of Wet'suwet'en across the country: Kahnawake Mohawk community members south of Montreal erect a blockade on a CP rail line.

    #WeAreTheStronghold concerts organized; $40k raised before COVID-19 shutdown cancels shows in Ottawa & Winnipeg. 

  • January 2020


    Dark House (Unist’ot’en) notifies Coastal GasLink of eviction from territory, citing violations of Indigenous law. 

  • January 2019


    BC Supreme Court grants CGL an injunction against land defenders in Wet'suwet'en territory.

  • October 2019


    B.C. Environmental Assessment Office grants CGL an extension to their project permit, paving the way for construction in Wet'suwet'en territory. 


Wetsuwet'en land protector standing with a drum in front of a healing fire.

Wetsuwet’en appeal to pursue Charter Challenge linking Indigenous rights and climate impacts

Wet’suwet’en were in court mid-February, pursuing their case challenging the constitutionality of Canada’s inaction on climate change.

Photo collage of Chiefs Roland Willson, Smogelgem and Ruben George

VIDEO: Busting BC’s Dependency on Fossil Fuel

In the Busting the Fossil Fuel Corridor webinar, hosted by The West Coast Climate Action Network in partnership with RAVEN, we were joined by three Indigenous Land protectors whose voices and stories showed us just how much impact we can have when we work as a collective and hold on to hope of a cleaner future.

Youth gather holding signs in protest of fossil fuel. A youth centered in the photograph holds a sign that reads "Don't be a fossil fool"

On the eve of of COP26, BC’s climate failures are written on Indigenous land

As world leaders gather at COP26 to negotiate in the face of the deadly reality of climate change, Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs from Gidimt’en clan have set up a blockade to prevent drilling beneath a salmon-bearing river.

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Wet’suwet’en Houses, through their Hereditary Chiefs, have launched two legal challenges over Canada’s approval of multiple fossil fuel projects in their territory. These challenges are strategically designed to address both the immediate issue of the Coastal GasLink LNG pipeline being built without Wet’suwet’en consent, as well as Canada’s ongoing failure to address the climate emergency.

Legal challenge No. 1, supported by all the Hereditary Chiefs acting in unity, seeks a Judicial Review of a project extension for Coastal GasLink’s pipeline, granted by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) in October 2019 for another 5 years. The action argues that the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office had a duty to assess new evidence of the project’s harms, which in this case means the recent findings of the Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, which found direct links between extractive industries, “man camps” and increased violence against Indigenous women. The BCEAO was also required to take into account Coastal GasLink’s record of non-compliance.

Legal challenge No. 2, a constitutional and Charter of Rights challenge brought by two Houses of the Likhts’amisyu (Fireweed Clan) through their House Chiefs, was an ambitious, long-term legal challenge seeking a comprehensive overhaul of Canada’s environmental legislation to enable urgent action on climate change. This case is not longer active. 



Stand for Future Generations


Hereditary chiefs wholeheartedly oppose the CGL project, which aims to blaze a trail through Wet’suwet’en territory and turn pristine forests and salmon streams into a fossil fuel corridor. 

If CGL were to be built and become operational, it would irreversibly transform the ecology and character of northern B.C. It would also lock in decades of fossil fuel extraction at a time when scientists are warning of untold suffering unless all nations rapidly scale down production of fossil fuels.



An eviction order goes unheeded


Despite an eviction by Wet’suwet’en leadership — whose jurisdiction in their territory was established in the landmark Delgamuukw case —  the company has pressed on in building a fracked gas pipeline that would contribute to climate catastrophe. 

From bulldozing active harvesting areas to despoiling not one, but every single protected wetland they encountered on the pipeline route, the project's violations include a failure to implement recommendations from Canada's Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls commission report. 

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We Are the Stronghold


A magnificent response from allies and fellow Indigenous Peoples across the country and around the world brought Wet'suwet'en to international prominence. A series of "We Are the Stronghold" events - kicking off with a concert in Toronto featuring Tribe Called Red, Serena Ryder, and Sarain Fox - was planned just as the COVID-19 pandemic hit. 

Now, supporters are using their creativity and talent to host online fundraisers and virtual events in support of legal challenges that are our best chance to stop Coastal Gas Link and enshrine the caretaker values of Wet'suwet'en leaders into law.