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‘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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2018

Information: The important lesson I learned for 2018 is to always analyze the website (who owns it) the author (who are they) and the history of both to discover where the money is. In addition, Wikipedia is a very manipulated source for information. I use it to get an idea of the manipulations rather than factual information. One thing I found very informative is to click on the history tab of a Wikipedia article. There I can see the contributors and when they posted. Even more interesting is to check out the contributors. I found it very interesting to see an article about climate change edited by someone with no scientific background. We cannot be lazy when it comes to getting accurate information.

https://blog.wikimedia.org/2016/10/07/gareth-owen/

This guy edits Hillary Clinton’s Wiki page. – Keeps it clean of anything negative.

News: David Blackmon is an independent energy analyst/consultant based in Mansfield, TX. David has enjoyed a 39-year career in the oil and gas industry, the last 23 years of which were spent in the public policy arena, managing regulatory and legislative issues for various companies, including Burlington Resources, Shell, El Paso Corporation, FTI Consulting and LINN Energy.

So, his article would of course be biased in favor of the oil industry.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidblackmon/2018/10/09/anti-pipeline-activists-play-a-cynical-costly-game/#2f80515333be

More about:

http://www.polluterwatch.com/david-blackmon

Haka:

https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/news/nativenerd-native-hawaiian-jason-momoa-s-awesome-aquaman-premiere-haka-dance-2rH7LUqzlkSCBfAMrsmoNA/

Hemp:

https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/evo-hemp-partners-with-pine-ridge-indian-reservation-to-grow-organic-hemp/

Hemp is an amazing plant!

 

 

 

 

 

Climate Change:

https://projectearth.us/what-90-000-indigenous-people-have-to-say-about-climate-1796423890

Indigenous people around the world have had to deal with climate change for many centuries. They are a vital source of knowledge about our climate crisis.

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2017/11/indigenous-peoples-knowledge-wisdom-valuable-to-climate-adaptation-peruvian-activists-say/

 

Plan, Prepare, and Resist for 2019

Arizona Historical Sites

https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/news/arizona-historical-sites-bulldozed-and-destroyed-az-parks-director-suspended-Cv3aL1uAGkKFJY9x9q3e7g/

 

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“State parks in Arizona allegedly destroyed sacred sites to make way for tourist attractions

Native lawmakers have called for a criminal probe of bulldozed archaeological sites, actions that have led to the suspension of Arizona State Parks Director Sue Black and her top deputy. The state’s Attorney General’s Office has also launched a criminal investigation.”

November 2018 Update

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/native-american-women-congress-deb-haaland-sharice-davids_us_5bd9c0fbe4b019a7ab59253e

Great news!5bd9c2373c00009f020e21f2   ASSOCIATED PRESS Deb Haaland is one of two Native American women who will now serve in Congress. It took only 229 years.

 

“To get a sense of how significant Haaland’s and Davids’ presence in Congress will be, consider that more than 10,000 people have served in the House and more than 1,300 have served in the Senate since the first Congress met in 1789. Not a single one of those people was a Native American woman.”

“Crazy, right?” Haaland told HuffPost in a February interview. “It’s 2018.”