Support Nathan Phillips

We’ve Had Nathan Phillips’ Back. Will You Have Ours?
Tue, Feb 26, 2019 8:36 pm
Chase Iron Eyes, Lakota Law (info@lakotalaw.org)
Lakota Law
The past five weeks spotlighted the ever-present need to focus on Indigenous issues and First Amendment rights — and your friendship and financial support helped us respond to the call. Our team assisted in organizing the first Indigenous Peoples March in Washington D.C., and then we provided crucial support to Omaha elder Nathan Phillips after he was mocked by MAGA hat-wearing, tomahawk-chopping students from Covington Catholic High School at the Lincoln Memorial. We facilitated Nathan’s appearances on CBS Evening News, ABC’s Nightline, NBC’s The Today Show, Democracy Now, and many more.

The hard costs of our media outreach, legal advising, event production, and travel in support of Indigenous leadership has already totaled more than $30,000 since January. Your gift today can help offset these costs and support our ongoing vigilance in the face of new lawsuits and legal threats related to the incident on the Mall.

Chase Iron Eyes
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A lawyer representing Covington student Nick Sandmann — a conservative attorney on record declaring that “the pendulum has swung too far in favor of the First Amendment” — has absurdly sued The Washington Post for $250 million for its coverage of the encounter. This lawyer might also sue Nathan, saying about the Washington Post suit, “This is just the beginning.”

In our view, the pendulum has not swung far enough in favor of protecting the free speech of Native Americans. That’s why the Lakota People’s Law Project will continue to stand with Nathan Phillips, the Post, and all others who work to promote truth, justice, and reconciliation in our divided nation. We hope you will as well.

We’re ready to provide additional support, both media and amicus legal, if Nathan is sued. In the past two weeks, we’ve issued two rebuttals against the MAGA machine: one challenging the objectivity of an “investigative report” from a group secured by a Sandmann family attorney, and a second legally critiquing the bad faith lawsuit filed against The Washington Post, in which LPLP is twice mentioned.

We are in close communication with top-level journalists around the country, ensuring that communication of Indigenous perspectives and First Amendment principles are part of the ongoing national dialogue related to the incident in Washington. Trump and his cronies are not letting go of this issue, and so neither will we, until peace with justice is secured. Please help us continue to stand in solidarity with Indigenous leaders like Nathan Phillips and defend a responsible, free press.

Pilamaya — Your friendship is a blessing!

Chase Iron Eyes
Lead Counsel
Lakota People’s Law Project

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Indigenous Leaders on Climate Change

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2019/feb/18/everyday-love-for-land-australias-indigenous-rangers-heed-canadas-call-for-help

Dean Yibarbuk is a very long way from home, standing in the snow in Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories of Canada with only his eyes visible through layers of winter gear. It’s -36C.

Yibarbuk is a traditional owner of Djinkarr, near Maningrida in Arnhem Land. He’s a scientist and a senior ranger with Warddeken, the Aboriginal-owned, not-for-profit company looking after country using traditional fire management practices to deal with climate change.”

 

Australian rangers dogsledding with Steve Nitah (at the back) Dene traditional owner and local conservation and development leader. Dog sledding was a key means of transport for traditional owners. Yellowknife, Canada.

 

 

Chris Hedges and Dahr Jamail: The End of Ice + The World Will End in Fire by David Swanson — Dandelion Salad

Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges RT America on Feb 23, 2019 The glaciers in Alaska alone are losing an estimated 75 billion tons of ice every year. The oceans, which absorb over 90 percent of the excess heat trapped by greenhouses gases in the atmosphere, are warming and acidifying, melting the polar ice caps and […]

via Chris Hedges and Dahr Jamail: The End of Ice + The World Will End in Fire by David Swanson — Dandelion Salad

Nathan Phillips: A Hero

Stand with Nathan Phillips for Peace with Justice
Fri, Feb 8, 2019 1:26 pm
Chase Iron Eyes, Lakota Law (info@lakotalaw.org
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Lakota Law

Truth, Peace, Justice

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Sign the Letter for
Peace with Justice

In the wake of the events at the Lincoln Memorial after the Indigenous Peoples March, much has been said and written. After all the spin, we believe the clearly visible facts of the incident involving Nathan Phillips highlight the importance of having a real discussion about normalized and systemic racism and the need to build bridges of understanding that allow us to move forward as a society — peace with justice.

Please watch our video, in which I describe first-hand and contextualize the events that occurred at the Lincoln Memorial. Then please sign onto our open letter saying you stand with Nathan Phillips and his effort to promote racial harmony while confronting the injustice filtering down from the White House.

We believe in our brother, and we share Nate’s goals of bringing attention to the issues that divide us, of taking strong action to stop the cycle of repression and disrespect toward Indigenous people and immigrants, and of forwarding a progressive vision for a better future.

Let’s use what happened to keep the focus on the reasons we marched in the first place: stopping the epidemics of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women; the removal of Native American children from their families and tribes in violation of the Indian Child Welfare Act; and the despoiling of sacred, tribal lands by fossil fuel companies hellbent on warming our climate to a dangerous level.

Let’s show, en masse and unencumbered, that we won’t accept the spin from right-wing media outlets. Their game plan attempts to switch the focus to irrelevant details and conveniently ignore the genocide of Native Americans and past enslavement of African Americans — meaningful context to what happened in D.C. An Omaha-Ponca elder stepping in to halt a hostile exchange and diffuse racial tension is an act of bravery that needs to be replicated, not covered over.

The events at the Lincoln Memorial highlight how far we still have to go. You can help us harness the power of that moment to create real change. Your voice is needed, now more than ever.

Wopila Tanka—Your solidarity emboldens our struggle!

Chase Iron Eyes
Lead Counsel
Lakota People’s Law Project

P.S. Please sign onto our open letter today, and share it far and wide. Your support can help us continue to engage key influencers — political figures, clergy, and allied organizations among them — and ensure that Nathan’s stand was not in vain. You can help Indigenous peoples take back our collective power by standing with Nathan Phillips, in dignity, for peace with justice.

Lakota People's Law Project
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The Lakota People’s Law Project is part of the Romero Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) law and policy center. All donations are tax-deductible.

 

Climate Change

For many Indigenous communities climate change is not a distant problem

 

The inability or laziness of people to not take the time and research their sources is killing our ability to act proactively. We are constantly mired in misinformation, diversions, faulty logic, and lies.

From posts on another forum:

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For years we have been in a war on misinformation. The misinformation about our radically changing climate is now being exposed. If you do not believe it, it just has not effected you personally yet. The problems are here now, people are dying now, crops are beginning to fail now. What can we do, what are you doing, what is the plan in your community?

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“N” Post:

How much colder would North America, Russia and Europe be without a warmer planet?..
But seriously, nothing can change the fact the IPCC is on record as saying global warming will produce milder, warmer winters. 🤔
The opposite seems true…

Renee Michel

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Nan, please provide the evidence of your statement. https://www.ipcc.ch/2018/10/08/summary-for-policymakers-of-ipcc-special-report-on-global-warming-of-1-5c-approved-by-governments/ What page?

 

“B” Post:

In Michigan, Hell has literally frozen over!
https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01-31/polar-vortex-leaves-11-states-colder-north-pole-hell-literally-freezes-over

Some of the comments on that link are quite funny. This one: “Al Gore is not accepting any calls at this time..” And this one: “I’ve finally got it figured out. If it’s colder than normal, it’s weather; and if it’s hotter than normal, it’s climate. What do I win?”

And this one that’s a bit more serious: “Not that I want to push weather doom and gloom, but our current solar minumin has not bottomed out yet – it will bottom out in 2023 which means more (and colder) polar vortacies till 2023 and then it will cycle slowly back up.”

 

Renee Michel

This thread is not about my opinion, it is about facts from scientists, scientific journals, peer reviewed research papers, scientific organizations, climate experts, and educators. In addition, I have provided information from reputable news sources and organizations. The point is – the climate is changing – it is not an opinion to be argued about, it is real and it is killing people and causing billions of dollars in damage to our infrastructure. The point to discuss is – what are we going to do about it, how are we going to adapt, how are we going to survive, what changes can we make, how are we going to cope?

“N” Post:

Renee, this thread does indeed seem to be about your opinion ( more than half the posts are yours), and whenever anyone disagrees with you or provides evidence to the contrary, you seem to get upset…

 

Renee Michel

Regarding South Africa. https://350africa.org/

Nan, there are exactly three people who pop on and try to turn this thread into an argument denying climate change. I have thanked all other commenters for their contributions and there have been many. V just made excellent points today that brought up the issue of how people get confused. In addition, as per the premise of this thread, I post as many articles and sources as I can. I am retired and have all the time in the world to read, research, and make posts. I try to write a post or two everyday. Almost every time I post something, I have provided a link to the information- so no – it is not all about my personal opinion. It is about sharing information about what we can do about the climate crisis. You made a statement about the IPCC and I asked you to share where you got that information from and provided even the link to the IPCC report. That is not being upset, that is asking you to back up what you stated. Otherwise it is you who are merely stating your opinion. So, are you going to answer? This is a serious thread, not a place to just say stuff without any back up. If we are to share valuable information with the aim of helping people we need to be making sure that information is valid. Regarding “evidence to the contrary”, if someone is trying to post evidence contrary to the premise of this thread, yes, I shut them down. We don’t have time for climate change deniers here. Those people can create their own thread in the forum. To post here, you agree with the premise as stated. Again, we do not have time for denial, too many people are dying. We need to get on with sharing information and finding solutions. For the record, I have many family members in Chicago and in the eastern part of the U.S. The extreme weather is no joke, it is not funny to me. The crazy fires in California this summer were not funny to me. The Climate Crisis, or as some have begun to call it, the Climate Emergency is real, it is dangerous, and it is becoming personal for many people. It is why I created this thread, to try and share what we can do about it.

 

Renee Michel

For people like me who like visuals, here is a good video to explain how the jet stream works : https://youtu.be/AV_FVs8RYxw

 

“N” Post:

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“Snowless winters” forecast by the IPCC in 2001, and countless other doomsday forecasts since global cooling in the 60’s- 70’s, that have not yet eventuated:

https://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/environment/item/22289-climate-alarmists-have-been-wrong-about-virtually-everything

I back up everything l say, but you always ignore the links- see, the IPCC continually update their narrative to fit their political agenda.
As your president said: “It’s called weather,” and almost totally governed by solar activity.
He won the last election easily as many of your fellow Americans also overwhelming agree with him on this topic and others…
Ninety odd percent of climate scientists around the world toe the human induced climate change line because they lose their funding and jobs otherwise…
The thing with you alarmists is you want to frighten and shut down any debate because you believe you are right; the ultimate act of arrogance.
So, despite your protestations, the science is FAR from settled…

 

Renee Michel

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Your link: The New American. The New American (TNA) is a print magazine published twice a month by American Opinion Publishing Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the John Birch Society (JBS), a far-right organization.
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-new-american/
I am very familiar with the John Birch Society. And as I pointed out, so called “climate change deniers” have their source in far-right political organizations.
I have looked at and read every source anyone posts here. And instead of scientific sources for your comments about science, you are posting the John Birch Society.

Scientists around the world are very conservative in their statements. They are very wedded to research and scientific observation. They have been wrong, on that you are correct. But on how they have been wrong, you are not correct. Instead of extreme collapse of climate systems happening in a century, it is happening within the decade, it is happening now.
This thread is not based on political ideology. The premise was set, this thread is not about opinion, it is about what is happening to our climate and suggestions on how we might prepare and cope with it.
The man currently president is not “my president” and far from being a scientist, he has been called out for not knowing the difference between weather and climate. These are things taught in elementary school science, of which I know a lot about because I taught science for 27 years.
This is obviously the wrong thread for you to comment in and you are more than welcome to create a thread for climate change denial.

Again: This thread is not about my opinion, it is about facts from scientists, scientific journals, peer reviewed research papers, scientific organizations, climate experts, and educators. In addition, I have provided information from reputable news sources and organizations. The point is – the climate is changing – it is not an opinion to be argued about, it is real and it is killing people and causing billions of dollars in damage to our infrastructure. The point to discuss is – what are we going to do about it, how are we going to adapt, how are we going to survive, what changes can we make, how are we going to cope?

 

https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/sites/2/2018/07/SR15_SPM_High_Res.pdf Referenced, data driven, scientific- the original documentation to read yourself.

 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/10/ipcc-report-climate-change-impacts-forests-emissions/ A summary of IPCC report.

 

01 Feb at 08:19 |

“N” Post:

…don’t shoot the messenger, they’re just reporting the documented facts- none of what was reported was fictional…
And as for the “far right organisations,” (sounds very conspirational itself!), if it’s OK for yourself to continually quote left wing sources, l reserve my right to quote your so- called far right “organisations .”
Good luck to your president…
P.S: if you in fact taught science for as long as you say, you would not deny the sun is the major driving factor in climate…
Again, this thread IS about your opinions, and anyone who differs from them is belittled, much like the left do in general…

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/jamestaylor/2015/02/25/cold-and-snow-destroy-global-warming-claims/amp/

 

Renee Michel

Regarding the naming of winter storms:
https://m.accuweather.com/en/press/84520

Extreme weather events: Intense, heavy snow storms does not equate to a greater winter snowpack. One must look to the overall measurements of seasonal precipitation.
https://www.iflscience.com/environment/does-global-warming-mean-more-or-less-snow/

https://abc7news.com/weather/2nd-snowpack-measurement-results-for-2018-far-below-average/3018818/
https://m.phys.org/news/2018-12-declining-snowpack-western-finer-scale.html
Link to research paper: https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2018GL079621

https://m.phys.org/news/2017-04-impact-climate-snowpack.html
http://medialibrary.climatecentral.org/resources/by-tag/snow+and+ice

 

Renee Michel

More information on the jet stream: https://youtu.be/yObanrslYME

01 Feb at 09:22 | San José

Renee Michel

https://youtu.be/uJYWvnuA9w8 Paul Beckwith teaches in Ottawa and gives short informative videos that explain climate and weather. Here is one about the jet stream. He always provides links to the data so you can study it yourself.

 

Renee Michel

For those of you looking for information that is not biased to the left or the right – this is a good source for a search. You will notice that I have used many of the listed sources in my posts. If I posted a source by a left or even a right leaning source, it was because it was aligned with a **scientific** point of view. Most importantly, statements are backed up with factual data.
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/pro-science/

ZeroHedge.com is on the https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/conspiracy/ conspiracy-pseudoscience list.
The New American https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/the-new-american/ is on the right-biased list.

Why is this important? If we are looking for information about science, information about data and facts – then it makes sense to look at sources that are packed with that sort of information. Then – as someone said – “don’t shoot the messenger” you analyze what is actually said. Yes – in this case – I shoot the messenger.

Here is what is said about Forbes.com – “A factual search reveals that Forbes has produced a misleading claim according to an IFCN fact checker. Although Forbes is usually evidence based when it comes to science, they do not always support the consensus when it comes to climate change. For example, they have employed James Taylor as a columnist who writes anti-climate science propaganda and has connections to the questionable Heartland Institute and Exxon-Mobil. They have also published articles by Roy Spencer, who has a long track record of climate change denial. Spencer has also been a speaker for the Heartland Institute and has connections to the fossil fuel industry. Lastly, Forbes has published several articles that are rated Very Low for Science Credibility by IFCN fact checker Climate Feedback.”
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/forbes/

The statements made were vague with no data to support them. This is what was meant in my very first sentence “For years we have been in a war on misinformation.” I have actually done my own fact checking on James Taylor and Roy Spencer – I did not take mediafactcheck.com at face value. They are right in what they have reported.

So, one has to ask ones self – where do you look for the most factual information on this topic that is so important to our lives?

Once again, someone has posted something about climate change denial and I am not here to waste time arguing the point. However, they continue to prove my point over and over again. When one looks close at climate change denial it always is sourced back to right-leaning think-tanks that are supported by fossil fuel and oil corporations. Why? Because those groups have everything to gain in maintaining the status quo.

Then one has to ask oneself, why would someone come on a thread about climate change, where the premise is clearly stated at the beginning, and write posts that attack or try to debunk the very topic?

https://www.lifewire.com/what-is-internet-trolling-3485891

“Forums: Forums are made for discussing topics with like-minded people, but every once in a while, a troll will come in and start spewing negative words all over the place. If forum moderators don’t ban them, other members will often respond and before you know it, the thread gets thrown completely off topic and becomes nothing but one big pointless argument.”

I have read some other posts in other threads in the Forum and I have witnessed a perfectly great discussion be reduced to nothing but snarky remarks back and forth. I will not let this discussion digress to those depths. I have met numerous people who like reading this one for the information.
So my post today will be all that I will say on the matter. I hope this information will help everyone in looking for factual unbiased data. The three people who are acting like trolls are welcome to join this discussion if they contribute to the discussion. Otherwise, I have them on ignore.

 

“Nan”Post:

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Who is going to document and publsh the now long debunked claims and predictions about the global warming hoax ? Certainly not the majority left leaning media outlets, so when a right leaning medium publishes documented events, you want to re- write history by denying it ever happened, or at best, simply ignore it. All sounds very 1984 to me…
A good read for you if you are a science teacher: Heaven And Earth by Professor Ian Plimer; or if you prefer not to read: The Great Global Warming Swindle documentary ( lauded by CNN and Washington Times, BTW )…

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/christopherbooker/6679082/Climate-change-this-is-the-worst-scientific-scandal-of-our-generation.html

https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.forbes.com/sites/larrybell/2011/11/29/climategate-ii-more-smoking-guns-from-the-global-warming-establishment/amp/

 

Renee Michel

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https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Ian_Plimer

So my post today will be all that I will say on the matter. I hope this information will help everyone in looking for factual unbiased data. The three people who are acting like trolls are welcome to join this discussion if they contribute to the discussion. Otherwise, I have them on ignore.

For a reminder – The premise of this discussion is: For years we have been in a war on misinformation. The misinformation about our radically changing climate is now being exposed. If you do not believe it, it just has not effected you personally yet. The problems are here now, people are dying now, crops are beginning to fail now. What can we do, what are you doing, what is the plan in your community?

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This is only a small sample of what the social media discussion is on climate change. Notice the person never answered where the IPCC comment is in the report. I do not think they even read the report – they get all of their information from a right-wing news rag. And this is the problem. Instead of taking the time to read the report for themselves, people are led around by opinion articles in corporate owned news outlets.Those corporations do not want anyone to change. So, we have a stagnation on critical action and people trying to argue that there is no such thing as climate change while Australia burns and the poles melt and the eastern part of the U.S. gets hit with polar temperatures.  The indigenous people of the world know about climate change, they have experienced it and have struggled to adapt. If there is any hope in salvaging anything on this planet, indigenous people know because they have an intimate knowledge of earth’s systems.

 

January News

Law is on the side of Indigenous group in pipeline dispute, say legal experts

“VANCOUVER—Permissions for a pipeline in Northern B.C. and subsequent police action constitute bald violations of both the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and domestic court precedent, according to lawyers and Indigenous nation members.”

More than 100 First Nations could purchase the Trans Mountain expansion pipeline

The fossil fuel industry is a dying industry. Our planet has suffered enormous damage from this industry. I find it ironic that the powerful elites will toss this over to the indigenous people to own. Fossil fuel jobs?? That potential profit hanging over your head? Do you really want that? Better to take the lead on alternative sustainable energy markets! Look forward, not behind. Question why the elites would let you purchase such a thing.

 

How we can combat climate change?

“Last year’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change sounded the alarm: The world has until 2030 to implement “rapid and far-reaching” changes to our energy, infrastructure and industrial systems to avoid 2 degrees Celsius of warming, which could be catastrophic. But the scale of the challenge can appear so overwhelming that it’s hard to know where to start. The Post asked activists, politicians and researchers for climate policy ideas that offer hope. Radical change from one state, or even the whole United States, won’t address climate change on its own, but taking these actions could help start the planet down a path toward a better future.”

 

Moving Forward – Halfway to Hell: Joshua Frank on The Big Heat

A podcast with the author on his new book The Big Heat.

 

Violence Against Women: A Pandemic No Longer Hidden

“Worldwide, the most common kind of gender violence is domestic violence, which occurs in the home or within the family. It affects women regardless of age, education or socioeconomic status. Although generally women are the victims, men are also abused by their wives or partners. Violence also occurs among same-sex partners.”

 

Looking Ahead

Lakota Law

Lakota Law
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
describes her progressive agenda,
including the the Green New Deal

The countdown is on. One week from tomorrow, the Lakota People’s Law Project will proudly join the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. While we’re there, Phyllis Young will join me and the rest of our delegation in meetings with lawmakers on Capitol Hill to discuss next steps for Indigenous participation in the Green New Deal.

If you’re near the D.C. area or can make the trip, we invite you to join us and march for the rights of Indigenous people everywhere. Even if you can’t make it, you can still RSVP and/or purchase merchandise to show your solidarity and support the movement.

In the meantime, it’s critical that we continue to spread the word about the Green New Deal and the need for Indigenous wisdom and leadership. If you haven’t yet, please send an email to your representatives urging their support. And if you have, please share the letter using the social media buttons below so we can increase the pressure on Washington in advance of our trip!

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Our march is also being supported by the organizers of the women’s march, who will hit the streets the following day. I can’t wait to share the results of our actions with you once we return home. We are building partnerships and coalitions that have so much potential to create meaningful change.

Now is the time to ensure that Native voices are heard loud and clear in the streets of Washington and the halls of power. Following a year when we elected a record number of women — including our first two Native congresswomen — your help is critical to ensure they have all the support they need to enact a truly progressive agenda informed by the traditional knowledge of America’s First Nations.

Wopila — As always, we are grateful for your solidarity!

Chase Iron Eyes
Lead Counsel
Lakota People’s Law Project

P.S. 2019 is off to an exciting start, with so many opportunities for you to empower equal justice for Native people, women, and the earth we all share — either by marching or supporting from afar. Please continue to spread the word about an Indigenous-influenced Green New Deal through your networks, and stay tuned for an exciting progress report when we return from Washington!

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Bismarck, ND 58504-5859

The Lakota People’s Law Project is part of the Romero Institute, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) law and policy center. All donations are tax-deductible.

News from Canada

‘An act of war’: Gidimt’en clan prepares for police raid on Wet’suwet’en Territory

Kathleen Martens
APTN News
The RCMP is planning ‘an act of war’ to remove Indigenous protesters from blocking construction of a natural gas pipeline in northwestern B.C., says one of the clans involved.

The clan that has been maintaining a checkpoint keeping Coastal GasLink, a subsidiary of TransCanada Corp., off traditional Wet’suwet’en Nation territory south of Houston, B.C. posted a message on Facebook Saturday that police are planning to ‘forcibly remove’ them.

“(They) indicated that specially trained tactical forces will be deployed to forcibly remove Wet’suwet’en people from sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory,” said a post on the Gidimt’en clan Facebook page.

“Police refused to provide any details of their operation… including the number of officers moving in, the method of forcible removal, or the timing of deployment.”

The Gidimt’en post said they met Friday with members of the RCMP Aboriginal Police Liaison unit and learned action to enforce a court injunction is imminent.

But no further details were given, the Gidimt’en said.

“By rejecting the requests for information… the RCMP indicated that they intend to surprise and overwhelm the Wet’suwet’en people who are protecting their territories on the ground,” the post added.

“The RCMP’s ultimatum, to allow TransCanada access to unceded Wet’suwet’en territory or face police invasion, is an act of war.”

The checkpoint is 20 kilometres from the Unist’ot’en Camp. It was established 10 years ago along the route of three proposed pipelines, including the one Coastal Gaslink is building, in an effort to stop them.

It has since become a land-based wellness centre on the shores of the Morice River, close to the pipeline route.

The pipeline will carry fractured natural gas from Dawson Creek 647 kilometres to coastal Kitimat where it will be processed and shipped.

Camp members have the support of five hereditary chiefs in rejecting fossil fuel development and that’s why they have refused to allow Coastal GasLink employees to cross the Morice River bridge.

The company turned to the courts and won an interim injunction on Dec. 14 giving it access to the bridge across the Morice River and one kilometre down the road from the camp where the pipeline will run.

The injunction gives the RCMP the power to back up the court order.

The company has said in previous correspondence with APTN News that it only wants access to its construction camp and is not asking for the camp to be cleared.

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Marguerite Church agreed work should not be delayed further on the $40 billion construction project.

Both sides are due back in court in late January.

But the Gidimt’en believe the RCMP will move in before then.

“In these injunction decisions, the court gives the order, and then the police determine how to implement the court’s direction within a reasonable time,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Madonna Saunderson said in an email to APTN.

“The primary concerns of the police are public safety, police officer safety, and preservation of the right to peaceful, lawful and safe protest, within the terms set by the Supreme Court in the injunction.”

Saunderson added the RCMP hope “there will not be violence or disorder as we enforce the court order.”

A spokesperson for Coastal GasLink did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The elected chiefs and councils of the five Wet’suwet’en bands have approved the pipeline.

kmartens@aptn.ca

@katmarte

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