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Update from Unist’ot’en Camp

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Bus parked on bridge at Unist’ot’en checkpoint, Jan 11, 2019. Photo: Unistoten Camp Facebook page

Unist’ot’en Camp

Breaking: 11AM January 11th:

Police, Coastal Gas Link employees, and a heavy duty tow truck has arrived at the Unist’ot’en bridge and are starting to dismantle the blockade. This is a strategic move that the Hereditary Chiefs have decided. The battle is not lost. Due to the recent deaths of family members, it would have been disrespectful to continue with this action as people need time to grieve their losses. According to Wet’suwet’en culture a bad omen comes to your family if you continue to proceed with normal affairs after a loss. So we grieve our losses. We allow a survey crew in to waste their time surveying for a project that will never happen.

NO PIPELINES WILL BE BUILT ON WET’SUWET’EN TERRITORY.

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Indigenous convoys slow Ontario highway traffic in solidarity with B.C. pipeline protest

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An Indigenous protest convoy drives westbound on Highway 401 near Kingston, Ont. (The Canadian Press)

‘We’re standing strong with our brothers and sisters out west,’ said 1 participant

Deal reached in northern British Columbia pipeline impasse

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Solidarity rally in Ottawa on Jan 8, 2019. Photo: Facebook

by Amy Smart, The Canadian Press, January 10, 2019

SMITHERS, B.C. — Hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation have reached a deal with the RCMP to allow a natural gas company access across a bridge that had been blocked in their territory.

Following several hours of meetings, Chief Na’Moks told reporters Thursday that the agreement is between the chiefs and the RCMP to ensure the safety of the First Nation’s members after 14 arrests were made on Monday when a court injunction was enforced by police. Read the rest of this entry

PM Trudeau’s PR disaster in Kamloops

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Dueling rallies earlier in the day on Jan 9, 2019 outside Thompson River University in Kamloops, BC, as PM Trudeau arrived to address a group of Indigenous band councils and business.

Prime Minister Trudeau’s “town hall” meeting in Kamloops on January 9, 2019, saw him face tough questions about his government’s relations with Indigenous peoples, pipelines, and the recent RCMP assault on the Unist’ot’en camp. Read the rest of this entry

THIS IS NOT OVER

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Art by Gord Hill, Kwakwaka’wakw

Statement from Unist’ot’en Camp, Jan. 9, 2019

The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have by absolutely no means agreed to let the Coastal GasLink pipeline tear through our traditional territories.

On January 7th at the Gidumt’en access point, the RCMP used excessive and brutal force. We expected a large response, we did not expect a military level invasion where our unarmed women and elders were faced with automatic weapons and bulldozers. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP, Wet’suwet’en reach tentative deal to let gas company workers through

unistoten gate winterAgreement would give pipeline workers access to area by Thursday afternoon

RCMP arrive at Unist’ot’en camp with hereditary chiefs

UNIST’OT’EN CAMP— The RCMP and hereditary chiefs, with media in tow, arrived at the Unist’ot’en camp about 65 kilometres outside of Houston, B.C. in a bid to peacefully shut down the days-old standoff with members of the Wet’suwet’en nation. Read the rest of this entry

RCMP roadblock lifted, allowing supporters and media access to Unist’ot’en anti-pipeline camp

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Supporters of the Unist’ot’en camp wait by the RCMP exclusion zone on a forest service road. (Chantelle Bellrichard/CBC)

Hereditary chiefs expected to give update on talks with RCMP when media reach camp

Unist’ot’en camp awaits RCMP raid; Solidarity actions continue

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Port of Vancouver blocked on Jan 9, 2019. Photo: Facebook

As the Unist’ot’en awaits the RCMP raid on their checkpoint, solidarity actions and rallies are continuing across the country. In Vancouver, BC, a vital route to the Port of Vancouver has been blockaded while in Montreal five people were arrested after blocking traffic on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, an important route into the city. Read the rest of this entry

Talks underway between Unist’ot’en camp and RCMP to reach ‘a peaceful solution’ says hereditary chief

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Hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en Nation in northern B.C. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN

by Simon Charland & Kathleen Martens, APTN National News, Jan 8, 2019

An RCMP operation to enforce a court injunction over a pipeline dispute in northern B.C. has come to an end for now without further arrests, APTN News has learned.

Hereditary Chief Na’Moks of the Wet’suwet’en Nation confirmed Tuesday night talks were underway to reach “a peaceful solution” after Monday’s raid at a checkpoint 20 km down the road from the camp. Read the rest of this entry