Wet'suwet'en Solidarity

Defend Wet’suwet’en rights, defend the water

For the third time in three years, the RCMP have violently invaded unceded Wet’suwet’en territory and violated Indigenous rights.

At the root of the current crisis are plans by Coastal GasLink (CGL) to drill under the Wedzin Kwa river to make way for a pipeline that would bring fracked gas to the coast for export. These plans could contaminate some of the most pristine water in the world and endanger all those who depend on it.

For years, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have been saying “no” to the CGL pipeline project. The right to say no to industrial activities is an essential part of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), which British Columbia passed into law in November 2019. In addition, the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs hold rights and title on ancestral lands that have been recognized by Canadian courts.

The Council of Canadians reaffirms our support for the land and water defenders protecting their traditional, unceded territory from extractive corporate pipelines and increased militarization from the RCMP. And we encourage you – our members and supporters – to stay informed and support them too.

Read more below to learn more about what’s going on and what you can do. To join or host a solidarity rally in your area, go here and click the ‘See more’ link to view a running list of upcoming actions.

Five things you should know about the Wet’suwet’en’s fight for their rights

The Council of Canadians | February 25, 2020
Updated November 2021 Less than two years since blockades of rail lines, roads, ports and more happened across the country in support of the Wet’suwet’en, militarized RCMP have again arrested Wet’suwet’en land defenders blocking Coastal GasLink on their land, as well as…

Racism, resources, and the 'rule of law' in Wet'suwet'en territory

Dylan Penner | December 21, 2021
This past year, Canadians were exposed to deeper truths about systemic anti-Indigenous racism and the genocide perpetrated through the “Indian residential school” system. At the time, we underscored the importance of turning the collective grief that followed into deeper…

The RCMP serves and protects fossil fuel CEOs

Dylan Penner | December 14, 2021
Double standards of racism and colonialism Canada has a climate double standard. While land and water defenders face serious criminalization, repression, and police brutality, we’re continuing to witness in Wet’suwet’en territory, corporations – backed by the RCMP – get away…

Wet’suwet’en peoples defend Wedzin Kwah river from imminent threat

AJ Klein | November 9, 2021
I heard about the water that flowed in the Wedzin Kwah (otherwise known as the Morice River) long before I ever tasted it myself. For more than a year before I made the trip to the solidarity camp in July of 2015 with some comrades, people kept telling me that it was safe to…

The Big Questions: Indigenous Rights

The Council of Canadians | August 16, 2021
Canada is still colonizing Indigenous peoples and their ancestral territories. Canada is far from a state of reconciliation – we are still collectively learning truths about the legacy of the Indian Residential School system and the ongoing crisis of missing and murdered…

How we respond to threats against democracy

Christina Warner | January 8, 2021
I was horrified by the scenes of violence that unfolded earlier this week in Washington, D.C. Witnessing the violent interruption of democratic proceedings so close to home is unsettling, and the continued presence of white supremacy in our society is deeply disturbing. These…

Policing protest: a double standard

Robin Tress | October 18, 2020
In the past week we’ve seen shocking acts of violence and vandalism in the St. Mary’s Bay area of Nova Scotia as non-Indigenous fishers continue to oppose Mi’kmaq rightsholders exercising their treaty right to fish. Settlers trapped two Mi’kmaq fishermen in a lobster pound,…

Wet’suwet’en closer to recognition of title on their territory

Nita Grass | May 21, 2020
The Wet'suwet'en Nation's long struggle has taken another small step towards taking back control over what happens within their territory. The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with both the B.C. government and the Canadian…

Alberta proposes new anti-protest bill

Jan Malek | February 28, 2020
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney tabled a bill this week that if passed, would levy fines as high as $10,000 a day and up to six months jail time against protestors. Known as Bill 1, the “Critical Infrastructure Defence Act,” Kenney’s government launched the new law after Teck…

Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en

Mark Calzavara | February 25, 2020
Yesterday morning, police in Ontario began arresting land defenders on Tyendinaga territory near Belleville who were protesting next to the CN Rail line that cuts through Mohawk territory. The Tyendinaga Mohawk are acting in support of the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en…

Profit over people: What the Wet’suwet’en struggle reveals about corporate capture

Chris Kruszewski | February 13, 2020
As the International Days of Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en build in momentum across Turtle Island, the responses of the Canadian and British Columbian governments have been abysmal. The Delgamuukw Supreme Court decision in 1997 affirmed that Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs have…

Show Your Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en

Chris Kruszewski | February 9, 2020
Early in the morning on February 6, the RCMP raided the supporter camp down the road from Gidimt'en and Unist'ot'en, in Wet'suwet'en territory. At the time of writing this, up to six people have been arrested. The Unist’ot’en camp lost radio contact with Gidimt’en after…