B.C. chiefs show solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs
Chiefs from around B.C. outside the Coastal GasLink pipeline route in Smithers show support.
by Chris Gareau, Interior News, Jan. 16, 2019
Chiefs from the B.C. coast, Interior and Northwest converged in Smithers to show support for the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs’ opposition to the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline. Read the rest of this entry
Pipeline Investment ‘Goes Palliative’ in Wake of Unist’ot’en Blockade
The Energy Mix, Jan 14, 2019
Two separate news outlets are declaring the end of pipeline investment in Canada, while several focus in on the differences in jurisdiction between elected and hereditary First Nations chiefs, in the wake of last week’s RCMP raid and subsequent “peaceful resolution” of the Unist’ot’en blockade along TC Energy’s Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline in British Columbia. Read the rest of this entry
This pipeline is challenging Indigenous law and Western law. Who really owns the land?
Pipeline owners say they have consent, but Wet’suwet’en leaders are divided
The hereditary chief of the Tsayu clan made a small circle to represent the authority of elected band councils within reserves. Outside that circle, he explained, is where Wet’suwet’en clans wield power over a vast territory.
“We are hereditary chiefs,” he said, “and we have control of this land.” Read the rest of this entry
Deal reached in northern British Columbia pipeline impasse
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
Haida strip two hereditary chiefs of titles for supporting Enbridge
by Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun, August 17, 2016
The extraordinary decision by a Haida clan to strip two of its hereditary chiefs of their titles for secretly supporting the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline is being closely watched by First Nations across Canada.
The rebuke, delivered last week in an elaborate ceremony witnessed by more than 500 people, came as the Haida Nation rejected what they say is a growing trend by companies to enlist the support of hereditary chiefs as a way of claiming broad First Nations support. Read the rest of this entry
Lelu Island hereditary chiefs respond to Prince Rupert Port Authority
The hereditary chiefs of Lelu Island have responded to a Prince Rupert Port Authority demand they halt construction.
Simoyget Yahaan Donnie Wesley Gwishawaal Ken Lawson responded with an open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Read the rest of this entry
Video: Hereditary Chiefs visit Unist’ot’en Territory
by UnistotenCamp, posted to Youtube on Sept 5, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Hereditary chiefs of all five Wet’suwet’en clans come to Unist’ot’en Yintah to show their unanimous support for the work Unist’ot’en are doing.