Wet’suwet’en vs Big Oil

WHATS GOING ON WITH THE WET'SUWET'EN?

The Wet’suwet’en have been engaged in a long spanning dispute with a Canadian oil company that wants to build a pipeline across their land. Recently, the Parliament has granted an injunction granting the RCMP access to the land so work could begin.

The chiefs of the indigenous people oppose the pipeline. The nation has never forfeited it’s sovereignty to any outside entity. The position of the Wet’suwet’en is that the injunction is invalid as the court has no power over their land. In the above video several people speak out from this community on what is going on. We also get a brief look at some of what is going on.

Wet’suwet’en website on the pipeline

Unist’ot’en Checkpoint

Why some tribes agreed to pipeline

More resources

CLASHES BETWEEN INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND THE GOVERNMENT ENSUE

In this next video Democracy Now interviews member Karla Tate on her background, and how their society is structured. We see here a bit more of the history and culture that has been passed down, likewise why their people could not allow this to pass. She talks a bit about their healing center, as well as the instances of explosions experienced in other communities.

She talks about how recently at least 23 heavily armed tactical officers blocked the road so that media could not gain access. At least 14 indigenous people have been arrested that she knows of. They talk too a bit on why this is happening, and give an insiders perspective, and talks a bit on the statement released by RCMP.

Incidents like the one below as the whole thing has struck quite a divide throughout the area. Other indigenous nations have signed on, and many Canadians appear to connect this pipelines to job creation. I cannot help but think about the story of David and Goliath when see all of this transpiring. The downside of having a society that is so dependent on oil isn’t simply problematic due to climate change. There are explosions, destruction of ecosystems, and many downsides that this community has expressed they do not support, and their Tribes leaders have authority over the land.

LIKEWISE THE CLASH OVER OIL "SPILLS" INTO CANADIAN SOCIETY OVER CONFLICTING STANCES

A BRIEF HISTORY AND WHY THIS MATTERS TO THEM

In the video below, Warner Naziel of the Wet’suwet’en talks more about the history of his people. He talks about identity and how best to give his people a voice. He explains a bit, the history of their constitution dating to before Canada was colonized.

– Adam Rice

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