As our Wet’suwet’en relatives prepare for another RCMP raid as they protect their sovereign homelands they are accepting applications from SKILLED, SEASONED and SELF SUFFICIENT supporters to come support them on the Yintah (territories). By entering sovereign and unceded Wet’suwet’en territory with RCMP, with the invasion of their dogs and assault rifles we are witnessing Canadian nation and BC provincial government-sanctioned violence on behalf of an gas/oil energy corporation, and such barbarous acts of violence inflicted upon Indigenous peoples cannot be defended. These attacks by RCMP are nothing less than Human Rights violations as defined by the United Nations, and acts of extreme detriment to the inherent sovereignty and rights and responsibilities of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs that represent a clan-based governance system that predates colonization. The Wet’suwet’en traditional house and clan system have asserted self-governance over their territories since time immemorial, and it is their inherent right to defend their lands, resources and bodies from foreign aggressors. They have signed no treaties nor have they relinquished title to their lands. They are not part of so-called Canada and have not consented to bearing the burden of the world’s dependence on an extractive industry such as oil.
We will continue to support the Wet’suwet’en Gidimt’en as one of five clans of the Wet’suwet’en in their struggle and call on others to join us in supporting our relatives. The RCMP is targeting this location because it is the access to the Cas Yikh House territory within the larger Gidimt’en clan Wet’suet’en nation.From disrupting business as usual to divesting from banks funding the theft of Indigenous lands, there are steps we can all take to stand with our relatives. These barbarous acts of violent aggression must cease and the inherent right to self determination must be upheld.
If you are thinking of coming to camp, please fill out this form to the best of your ability and camp will get back to you!
Their remote bush camps are either 44 or 63km down logging roads. There is no cell service out at camp. There are no bus routes to Houston – supporters need to be able to coordinate rides or fly in.
Drivers – make sure your vehicles are in good repair, have seasonally appropriate tires and are able to be on logging roads.
Flying in – The nearest airport is Smithers. If you need to rent a vehicle, consider flying into Terrace or Prince George to rent wheels.
Ongoing on the ground support is needed year-round to ensure the smooth operation of camp. It is a physically, emotionally and mentally demanding environment that requires supporters to be able to hold themselves in a good way, and be accountable to Indigenous leadership on the ground.
Covid-19 essentials: Come prepared with appropriate masks (at least 4-ply or double layer tightly woven cloth with a filter insert and always properly fitted to your face with no gaps) there will be some masks available at camp for the duration of your stay.
If you have not been vaccinated and/or isolated and tested you need to pre-arrange accommodation at camp and be responsible for your travel to camp to maintain isolation from long time supporters, however the Canadian government does have travel restrictions in place even for Indigenous peoples. These rules are changeable and be advised to educate yourself on what your vaccination status may entail for travel restrictions.
Full covid protocols and orientation will occur at camp.
Can’t Come to Camp?
You Can Still Help:
Solidarity actions began immediately. Now is the time. Plan, organize or join an action where you are.
Issue a solidarity statement from your organization or group and tag us.
Host a solidarity rally or action in your area.
Pressure the government, banks, and investors. http://yintahaccess.com/take-
Spread the word. #WetsuwetenStrong #AllOutForWedzinKwa #ShutDownCanada #ExpectUs
More information and developing stories:
Youtube: Gidimten Access Point
The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs represent a governance system that predates colonization and the Indian Act which was created in an attempt to outlaw Indigenous peoples from their lands.
The Wet’suwet’en have continued to exercise their unbroken, unextinguished, and unceded right to govern and occupy their lands by continuing and empowering the clan-based governance system to this day. Under Wet’suwet’en law, clans have a responsibility and right to control access to their territories.
The validity of the Wet’suwet’en house and clan system was verified in the Delgamuukw and Red Top Decisions that uphold the authority of the hereditary system on Wet’suwet’en traditional territories.
At this very moment a standoff is unfolding, the outcome of which will determine the future of Northern “BC” for generations to come. Will the entire region be overtaken by the fracking industry, or will Indigenous people asserting their sovereignty be successful in repelling the assault on their homelands?
The future is unwritten. What comes next will be greatly influenced by actions taken in the coming days and weeks. This is a long-term struggle, but it is at a critical moment. That is why we say: The Time is Now. If you are a person of conscience and you understand the magnitude of what is at stake, ask yourself how you might best support the grassroots Wet’suwet’en.