Janvier 10, 2020
Par Collectif Emma Goldman
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La Première nation Wet’suwet’en a donné un avis d’éviction aux employés de Coastal GasLink [1]. Il ne sera pas possible pour ces derniers de retourner sur le site de construction sans le consentement de la nation Wet’suwet’en. Ce projet de gazoduc passe sur des terres jamais cédées par les Autochtones et aucun OK n’a été donné par les communautés présentes sur ce territoire afin d’aller de l’avant avec les travaux. Coastal GasLink et le gouvernement fédéral agissent en total violation des droits des Premières nations. L’éviction, qui s’est passée dans le calme, survient après une déclaration des chefs héréditaires Wet’suwet’en représentant les cinq clans (voir la déclaration, en anglais, en fin de texte). Rappelons que cette lutte ne date pas d’hier. 
Depuis plusieurs années, cette nation se bat pour protéger son territoire. L’an dernier, au début janvier, des membres de la Gendarmerie royale du Canada (GRC-RCMP) ont violemment arrêté et évincé (après un injonction émis par la court coloniale de la Colombie-Britannique) des personnes qui défendaient une barricade afin d’empêcher le projet d’aller de l’avant. En gros, ces gens faisaient respecter la décision de la nation Wet’suwet’en, pas de projet sans consentement. Pire encore, le journal britannique The Guardian a dévoilé que la police était prête à utiliser des tireurs d’élite contre les défenseurs du territoire Wet’suwet’en [2].
Un an plus tard, la lutte continue. Un campement de solidarité a été érigé tout près du chemin menant au site de construction du gazoduc et des routes ont été bloquées avec des arbres. En ce moment, il y a une semaine internationales d’actions (All eyes on Wet’suwet’en) en solidarité avec ce combat mené par les protecteurs et protectrices du territoire. Nous ne pouvons pas les laisser seul.e.s! La solidarité est notre arme!
La déclaration des chefs héréditaires:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs Reject the BC Supreme Court Decision to Criminalize Wet’suwet’en Law 
Smithers (BC) – Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs representing all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation reject the BC Supreme Court decision to extend Coastal GasLink’s injunction order, which has criminalized the practice of Anuk ‘nu’at’en (Wet’suwet’en law) and inflicted violence against Wet’suwet’en people on our own unceded lands. 
Coastal GasLink (CGL) has never obtained consent from the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs to enter or work on our territories. Since obtaining the initial interim injunction order, CGL has bulldozed through our territories and destroyed our archaeological sites, while private security firms and RCMP have interfered with the constitutionally protected rights of Wet’suwet’en people to access our lands for hunting, trapping, and ceremony. CGL has violated the conditions of their permits with impunity, facing no consequence from Canadian regulatory authorities. 
We cannot rely on Provincial law to protect Wet’suwet’en land, people, or interests. Under the threat of continued police violence, the Wet’suwet’en have complied with the interim injunction order imposed throughout our territories. However, the Wet’suwet’en have never ceded our lands to Canada or British Columbia, and colonial governments have never lawfully obtained the authority to render decisions on our lands. 
The interim injunction, which was granted by Justice Church in December of 2018, six months before the Wet’suwet’en were able to present any legal defense, has already done irreparable harm to our territories, people, and the practice of our laws. The decision ignored the legal efforts of our ancestors, who spent more than a decade in court with the Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa v. Queen case to have the Supreme Court of Canada recognize that Aboriginal title had never been extinguished across 22,000 km2 of Wet’suwet’en yin’tah (traditional territory). 
At a time when the Province of British Columbia is celebrated for adopting the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Wet’suwet’en people are actively denied the protections of UNDRIP on our own lands. When we enforced our own laws and required that industry seek Free, Prior, and Informed Consent for development on our lands, we faced a brutal display of militaristic police violence and an ongoing police occupation of our territories. We have learned, through the reporting of The Guardian, that RCMP are prepared to kill unarmed Wet’suwet’en people if we continue to uphold our laws. 
We urge the Province, in the strongest terms, to meaningfully uphold its commitment to implement UNDRIP, and to withdraw the RCMP from our territories where they oppress our people and criminalize our authority to the benefit of industry. Enforcement of this injunction by the RCMP will lead to the forcible removal of Wet’suwet’en people from our own lands and the bulldozing of our homes, continuing the violent displacement that our ancestors experienced. 
We are disappointed that the Supreme Court has rendered a decision that contradicts Wet’suwet’en law, but we reaffirm that Anuk nu’at’en remains the highest law on Wet’suwet’en land. Coastal Gaslink continues to operate as though Wet’suwet’en law does not exist, and to trespass on our unceded lands. 
We have a responsibility to enforce Wet’suwet’en laws and to ensure the health of our territories for future generations, as we have done for thousands of years. We have always held the responsibility and authority to protect our unceded territories and we will continue to do so. 
Quote from Dini’ze Na’moks (John Ridsdale): “In this time of reconciliation, with BC being the first province to legislate UNDRIP, this ruling by a court in BC against Indigenous rights and recognition truly proves that industry, not the people, can control the Province and its laws. Ultimately, we are our own government, and we decide who comes on our territory. We are the hereditary chiefs. British Columbia and Canada only have assumed and presumed authority on our lands.” 
Action de solidarité des IWW Montréal:
Chicoutimi: Action de solidarité en lien avec l’éviction violente des protecteurs et protectrices du territoire en janvier 2019.


Pour plus d’informations: 
La boîte à outils des allié.e.s: https://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit2020/
[1] Le projet Coastal GasLink prévoit la construction d’un gazoduc de 670 km reliant la région de Dawson Creek, dans le centre-est de la Colombie-Britannique aux environs de Kitimat, dans le nord de la côte.



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