Call a B.C cabinet minister. Tell them you hold them responsible for whatever the police do next on Wet’suwet’en territory.

 

There’s no ‘reconciliation’ at the barrel of a gun

RCMP tactical squads are clearing Wet’suwet’en people off their land. Tell a B.C. cabinet minister: they are responsible for whatever police do next.

Before dawn on February 6, RCMP officers swept into a support camp on the Morice River road with dogs, drones and military rifles. They smashed the windows out of a truck, dragged people across the snow and arrested six. All were released without charges, because they broke no laws.

It was a show of force one that likely violated the Charter rights of journalists and campers assembled on the public road. Now police are headed farther in, determined to clear the Gidimt’en checkpoint and the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre so a fracked gas pipeline can be built across Wet’suwet’en territory.

Just months ago, B.C. lawmakers unanimously adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It states, in part: “Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands”. But when the oil industry wants access to Wet’suwet’en territory, out come the AR-15s, handcuffs and bulldozers.

Tell a B.C. cabinet minister: reconciliation cannot be achieved at gunpoint.

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