Update: Pipeline companies and police retreat (for now)
by VIC FAN
Good news - the pipeline surveyors have not returned to Unis'tot'en Camp, and the RCMP have taken down their checkpoint on the Morice River Road near the place where indigenous people are blocking the route for Tarsands and fracking pipelines.
But is this the calm before the legal storm? One thing for sure: the confrontation did more to bring us together than drive us apart.
Land defenders and allies are more determined than ever to stop pipelines.
One factor that's holding off the police and pipeline crews might be the letter the BC Civil Liberties Association sent to the RCMP.
Catch up with the whole story that we started reporting on two weeks ago.
Report from the Frontlines
Land defenders coming to town this week
Unis'tot'en clan members are coming to tell us their own stories about dealing with police and industry on their lands. Warning - this is going to be powerful.
Meet spokesperson Freda Huson and her chiefs: Weli' (Catherine Mitchell), Ltátén (Doris Rosso), Maskabu (Helen Mitchell) and Wet'suwet'en Chief Knedebeas (Warner William). Join like-minded supporters and find out how to be a part of this solidarity movement. Full details at WildCoast.ca
Our volunteers are helping build the new Healing Lodge for future healing gatherings. If you can't join us in person, please consider sponsoring this work. Thank you!
August 17 - Victoria6 pm potluck, 7 pm presentation
First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall, UVic
August 18 - Duncan7:00 pm, Duncan United Church
246 Ingram St.
August 19 - Salt Spring Island6 pm potluck; 7 pm presentation
Lions Club Hall
103 Bonnet Avenue
August 20 - Galiano IslandThank-you dinner for Camp supporters - by invitation
August 21 - Sechelt7 pm, Sunshine Coast Arts Centre
5714 Medusa St
August 22 - VancouverHonour Freda Huson and the Unist'ot'en Camp
7 pm, Grandview Calvary Baptist Church
1803 East 1st Avenue
Allies and sponsors answer the call
Volunteers can get info on how to join the camp and share their skills and good energy. All ages are welcome.
Unis'tot'en and the Law
Unis'tot'en Camp is a reoccupation of traditional territory outside of reserve and treaty lands in northern British Columbia, Canada. The Unis'tot'en people were never conquered or driven from their land, and the courts have ruled that indigenous title still exists. The authorities may have trouble proving they can evict the camp.
Now that the police have started harassing the camp, FAN is preparing a legal team and the Eco Warriors Legal Defence Fund to assist anyone who gets in trouble for protecting the planet.
Support the legal fund or make a pledge for the camp today. Be a sponsor for the ones who are doing solidarity work year-round. Because we give back.
Thank you for being part of this movement to defend land and water
VIC FAN is celebrating its ninth year on Coast Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth territory on Vancouver Island. Big cheers to everyone who took part in our victories!
WildCoast and Forest Action Network are 100% home-grown and volunteer-led.
Our projects are supporting Unis'tot'en Camp, the House of Solidarity, the Secwepemc Women Warriors, and the Eco Warriors Legal Defence Fund.
You can contact us anytime.