Wet’suwet’en

As Canada delays climate action, Wet’suwet’en push on

By Ana Simeon / June 4, 2021 /

The Wet’suwet’en challenge Federal Court decision to strike constitutional action After the Federal Court struck the Wet’suwet’en constitutional and Charter challenge last November, two Houses of the Wet’suwet’en Likhts’amisyu (Fireweed) Clan are pressing ahead with an appeal. The case aims to confront Canada’s 30-year record of inaction and the inability of the political process, on…

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Wet’suwet’en leaders vow to press on in wake of BC Supreme Court decision

By Andrea Palframan / May 6, 2021 /

The B.C. Supreme Court has dismissed the Wet’suwet’en petition for a judicial review of Coastal GasLink’s permit extension. In the wake of the decision, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs vowed to take tall steps necessary to ensure the health of Wedzin Kwa – Morice/Bulkley River and the surrounding watershed. As Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs carefully consider an appeal…

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Open Letter: Designation of Oil and Gas Work as “Non-Essential” is Critical for Protecting the Lives and Rights of Vulnerable First Nations Facing COVID-19

By Andrea Palframan / December 8, 2020 /

Dr. Bonnie Henry Provincial Health Office- Via Email: bonnie.henry@gov.bc.ca Dear Dr. Henry, The Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) is writing in support of the Wet’suwet’en Ts’ako ze’ (female chiefs) who penned an open letter on November 30, 2020 urging you to shut down industrial camps amid COVID-19 outbreaks at LNG Canada and Coastal Gaslink (CGL)…

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Q&A with Wet’suwet’en legal counsel D.J. Larkin

By RAVEN / October 26, 2020 /

We sat down with lawyer D.J. Larkin, together with matriarchs from Wet’suwet’en Nation, for an engaging, powerful and emotional webinar last October 20th. You can view the video of that conversation here. Many people had questions for Larkin which we didn’t have time to unpack during that presentation. Here are some deeper dives into the…

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Linking MMIWG2S Report to Wet’suwet’en legal challenges

By Andrea Palframan / October 9, 2020 /

The Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirits produced a Final Report in 2019 which specifically linked “man camps” (worker camps for resource projects in remote areas) to increased risk of violence against Indigenous women and girls. This finding was based on the testimony of expert witnesses as well as community…

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VIDEO: Hereditary chiefs, matriarchs and legal counsel for Wet’suwet’en speak

By Andrea Palframan / October 8, 2020 /

Last night over 700 people registered for a webinar to hear hereditary chiefs, elders, legal counsel and RAVEN for a webinar to unpack the court challenges underway NOW in B.C. Supreme Court. Watch the video of the online rally: Ana Simeon of RAVEN outlined the purpose of the call, explaining the basis of the legal…

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WEBINAR: Rare chance to hear from Hereditary Chiefs & legal experts on Wet’suwet’en challenges

By Andrea Palframan / October 2, 2020 /

Individually, we’re one drop. Together? We’re a mighty river. We’ve been waiting a long time for Wet’suwet’en’s case to be heard by the BC Supreme Court. On October 2, hereditary chiefs who aim to stop Coastal GasLink from encroaching on their territory will be in court for the second – and final – day of their…

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Artist raffles custom hand painted Vans

By Andrea Palframan / September 29, 2020 /

Antisocial Sk8 Shop on Main St. in Vancouver is hosting a raffle for these gorgeous handprinted shoes. Featuring hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en Nation, the shoes are painted by Nora Pape, a Coast Salish youth. Along with the shoes, the shop is raffling a hand embroidered silk banner made with love by the beautiful Fyme Lahcene.…

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Wet’suwet’en decry Coastal Gas Link permit violations

By Andrea Palframan / July 14, 2020 /

As their beleaguered fracked gas pipeline slowly snakes its way across northern British Columbia, Coastal Gas Link has been caught in another act of environmental destruction. This time, CGL was caught building unpermitted roads and workcamps, and clearing protected wetlands. The violations are in clear contravention of  BC’s environmental regulations as well as  the company’s…

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Five Indigenous-led Movements for Ocean Protection

By Maia Wikler / June 10, 2020 /

Forests are known as the lungs of the Earth: a source for clean air and carbon filtration. But oceans are also living, breathing carbon sinks that give life – and air – to the planet. During World Oceans Week, let’s give homage to the oceans that sustain life from the depths below the surface. As is the…

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