Media release

PSA: ALL OUT for the Wet’suwet’en and Indigenous sovereignty: Rally and march

Sunday, February 23 @ 1pm

At the park from which the statue of Edward Cornwallis was removed (at the corner of South and Hollis)

Facebook event here

*** family friendly • bring your signs, banners and union flags ***

This is a powerful moment in Canadian history. A militarized attack on an Indigenous Nation has provoked dozens of solidarity blockades of rails, ports, bridges, and streets, seriously disrupting the Canadian economy. These disruptions have demonstrated the power of solidarity, forcing the government to respect Indigenous rights, including the right to reject resource development on Indigenous territories.

The focus of popular media coverage in Eastern and Atlantic Canada has been on the disruptions caused by these protests, exaggerating the extent and effect of these disruptions on working class people and de-centering the illegal and militaristic attack on the Wet’suwet’en Nation. The reality of the situation is that the economic and social disruption caused by this resistance movement can be quickly resolved by removing the RCMP from Wet’suwet’en territory, halting construction on the pipeline, and engaging in Nation-to-Nation talks with the hereditary chiefs.

The Federal government has been impotently wringing its hands about the invasion in Wet’suwet’en, denying they have any power to direct or even effect the actions of a federal policing force that has dedicated itself to the service of private corporate interests.

While the Wet’suwet’en solidarity and Indigenous sovereignty movement is being criminalized and vilified, it is more important than ever to stand in solidarity with them. This powerful moment has the potential to be a turning point for environmental justice and Indigenous sovereignty. Join us!