Hearts strong for Wet’suwet’en

All across the country, solidarity actions are erupting in support of Wet’suwet’en land protectors who have been jailed, attacked, and violated on their own traditional territories. These are lands and waters over which they have had inherent Indigenous title since time immemorial.

Folks in Edmonton marched and blocked the High Level bridge in a show of support for Wet’suwet’en, and in Toronto hundreds took to the streets to criticize the actions of the RCMP. 

The RAVEN community stands with Wet’suwet’en hereditary leadership as they craft a long-term legal strategy to push back against unwanted fossil fuel projects on their lands and waters. Meanwhile, community members and allies are struggling to obtain justice in the very immediate aftermath of RCMP raids, which have devastated community infrastructure and saw members of leadership jailed and banned from stepping on their own lands. 

The question becomes: what ‘peace’ are the RCMP keeping? The show of brute force — coming in the midst of the worst flooding this province has ever seen — makes it clear that the priorities of the province are to protect corporate interests at all costs. 

It’s a relief to know that Sleydo – Molly Wickam – and her compatriots have been released as of last night. 

Now more than ever the community needs our support. Heiltsuk Nation is joining forces with other coastal First Nations under the banner of “Miaci: The Canned Salmon Festival” to assemble some incredibly talented Indigenous musicians, who’ll be playing a livestream concert December 4th to benefit Wet’suwet’en land protectors. Catch Snotty Nose Rez Kids, Carsen Gray and Kristi Lane Sinclair from 2:30-10pm PST on the 4th and show up in support of Wet’suwet’en land protectors’ immediate needs. 

Sign up for the livestream and make your donation here: https://cannedsalmonmusicfest.com/tickets/

Photo by Michael Toledano. Artwork by K.C. Hall

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