I write to you today with urgency because Coastal GasLink, joined by the RCMP came in to bulldoze a culturally significant area to the Wetʼsuwetʼen people, the ancient Ts’elkay Kwe site. They obtained a permit from the BC Oil and Gas Commission without the Free, Prior and Informed Consent, of the The Wetʼsuwetʼen despite UNDRIP being legislated by the provincial government in 2018. Coastal GasLink contractors trespassed again yesterday to destroy a culturally significant area to our people. When confronted by our chiefs, matriarchs, and supporters, CGL packed up and left the site.
The Wetʼsuwetʼen have never been consulted about the destruction of this archaeologically and culturally significant area. Although CGL is legally required to have an archaeologist present at this site, they didn’t. They continually attempt to illegally do their work and impede Wetʼsuwetʼen access to their yintah.
The Wetʼsuwetʼen have every right to monitor their territory as they have for thousands of years and we need you to join us as they continue to protect it. As good relatives to the Earth, we are responsible to them and our future generations.
We must take care of one another and Mother Earth.
Come to camp. Covid safety protocols are in place.
This is far from over.