The Unist’ot’en has a new website to replace this one. From now on you can visit us at
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The Unist’ot’en has a new website to replace this one. From now on you can visit us at
See you there!!
As a prelude to our national day of action coming up this Saturday, allies
went around the Financial District of Toronto this morning to deliver a
message to Chevron investors State Street and Vanguard. We let them know
that we will hold them accountable for Chevron’s actions if they attempt
to trespass on sovereign Unist’ot’en land.
Video and photos are forthcoming on our website, but in the meantime you
can help amplify our message by sending an email to the following staff at
these two companies. The Vanguard office was particularly rude and the
receptionist actually pushed our letter out of the office with her foot.
Please write to them and let you them know you support the Unist’ot’en
right to Free Prior and Informed Consent regarding industrial activity on
their land and that if they do not want to lose a pile of money on a
pipeline that will never be build they should cancel Chevron’s Pacific
State Street And Vanguard Contact Emails:
Atul Tiwari, Director of Vanguard Group: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason McIntyre, Distribution; email@example.com
Catherine M. Chamberlain, Compliance, legal:
Carrie Tuck, Marketing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean Allen, Product Management:email@example.com
Kevin Drynan, CEO of State Street: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Lindley, VP, Investment Management: email@example.com
Gaetan Reid, VP Foreign Exchange: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Murray, VP, Securities Finance: email@example.com
Ron Robertson, Senior VP: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for solidarity actions on Saturday March 30th 2013
No consent? No fracking pipelines, no climate crimes!
Join an action in your local area
Calgary – March 30th, 1pm, Meet at 5th Ave and 4th St SW (Chevron Canada HQ)
Montreal – March 30th, 1pm, 770 Sherbrooke Street West (Across the street from the McGill Roddick Gates)
Smithers – March 30th 1:00pm, meet at the Old Church, 3704 1st Avenue
Toronto – March 28th, 8:30am, RBC Headquarters, Bay and Front.
Vancouver/Burnaby – March 30th, 12pm, corner of Albert St. and Willingdon (Burnaby)
American oil giant Chevron wants to build a destructive pipeline across unceded indigenous territory to carry fracked gas to the coast, and export climate change to the world. We say NO. We do not need fracked gas, we do not want another pipeline and we will not stand by as colonial governments and greedy corporations push us over the climate catastrophe cliff edge.
Chevron is the new corporate face of the Pacific Trail Pipeline project, having recently become 50/50 partners with Apache to build a fracking gas pipeline across 500 kilometres of largely unceded land, from Summit Lake to LNG plants planned for Kitimat. On March 30th we will greet them with resistance across BC and around the world. As politicians put economic growth and industry interests ahead of carbon common sense and indigenous rights, it is up to us to take direct action to raise the cost of pushing ahead with the project, and raise the stakes in the PR battle. We encourage autonomous creative direct action against Chevron and any others involved in the development and financing of Pacific Trail Pipeline. Occupy offices, drop banners, demonstrate in city centres, lock-on at the pumps, subvert the Chevron brand, hand out leaflets… the choice is yours!
Everywhere they operate, Chevron exploits land and people for money, often through the use of force, and without taking responsibility for the consequences. Battles against environmental racism and illegal oil wars, movements for indigenous sovereignty and migrant justice – we amplify our resistance by uniting our struggles, so we are calling for solidarity actions and events against Chevron across Canada and around the world.
Unist’ot’en Camp is looking for volunteers to come and help us construct pithouses and install interconnected permaculture gardens in the territory at our Spring Camp. The Spring Camp is for 3 weeks and the dates are May 6-24, 2013.
This initiative is complimenting our vision to build a larger community on the lands and occupy areas left in our trust. Preference will be to people who have experience with permaculture (i.e. Bio-remidiation, …) for the garden and construction experience with our pithouses and trails. We may need some help with the kitchen as well. There will likely be many applicants for the kitchen duty so we may have to be selective to keep the numbers of people in the kitchen reasonable
If you are interested, please fill out a volunteer form at http://forestaction.wikidot.com/caravan! Informants, infiltrators, and agitators need not apply – you all know who you are!!! We will try and keep up with the applicants.
Suggested donation $200 or PWYC to help cover costs of food at camp. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.
The Unist’ot’en winter fundraising drive on Indie Go Go is nearing the halfway mark, and we are halfway to our goal! Thanks everyone for the support, and let’s kick things into high gear so we can get the rest of the way to our goal! The campaign will help ensure the camp has funds to keep operating through the winter and keep out pipeline companies from our sovereign unceded territory!
Visit the Campaign Home Page to Donate Today! http://igg.me/p/299143/x/1955240
“This is a 40 minute edited compilation of Chiefs and Matriarchs demanding respect and demanding the pipeline considerations come to a full stop. The demands were expressed as, “When we say no, we mean no, when will you understand this?”
The considerations of money ie “Impact benefits” were not accepted and were considered an insult. The land is not for sale at any price.”
Dini Ze’yu, Tsakiy Ze’yu, Skiy Ze’yu, and our countless supporters! I am glad to report that a real victory for our future has just happened!! Last night our strong community membership decidedly showed who makes the decisions on unceded Wet’suwet’en lands to the elected Moricetown Band Chief and Band Council. The Band Council had called an “Information Session” and invited representatives from PTP First Nations Limited Partnership (FNLP). The meeting was repeatedly interrupted by hereditary chiefs and clan members who bravely spoke their minds and made statements about protecting the lands. During the meeting one of the elected councillors decided to be arrogant and demand that the members be quiet to hear out the representatives. He said that we needed to be respectful of our guests. But the millions of dollars that was dangled in front of the membership in potential partnership agreements meant nothing to the community. Throughout the meeting the resounding message voiced in anger was, “WE WILL PROTECT OUR LANDS AND WATERS AGAINST ANY AND ALL THREATS! IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILTY!! WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE TO US IS DISPRESPECTFUL!”
The Unist’ot’en interrupted the meeting and Unist’ot’en spokesperson Freda Huson read out their Declaration to the pawns of PTP and said that the only people who will be making any decisions on Unist’ot’en Lands are the Unist’ot’en People. Tsakiy Ze’ Lhtat’en of the Unist’ot’en said to the Band Council and presenters, “Knedebeas – Christine Holland told us not to lose the land. The Unist’ot’en have never lost any of our battles, and we won’t lose this one!!” As Freda Huson began reading a declaration to the presenters and band council, large banners were unfurled warning against pipelines on the territory and the ‘Ewkh hiyah hoz dli Drum Group began singing the powerful Wet’suwet’en War Song and performing the ancient War Dance in front of the elected council and presenters. The spirits of our Warriors could not be stopped. The War Song is likely still echoing in the hallways of the Moricetown Multiplex. At the end of the presentation there was a time set aside for questions but the council and presenters only heard statement after statement from the membership, “NO MEANS NO!” The meeting was abruptly put to a halt and the presenters from the FNLP quickly packed up and left denying the media in attendance any comments or interviews. Sne Kyalh Yah (Thank you) to all of our friends and family for attending and standing strong alongside our proud and strong ancestors. The future of our unborn is in your hands, let’s all keep making them proud!! – Toghestiy of the Likhts’amisyu & Freda Huson, spokesperson for the Unist’ot’en
Unceded Wet’suwet’en Yintah (Territory)
Tuesday November 27, 2012
To the illegitimate colonial governments of Canada and British Columbia, and to all parties involved in the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP) project: Apache corporation, EOG Resources, Encana corporation and all of their affiliated investors, including the Royal Bank of Canada, Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., and many others. This letter is to issue a warning of trespass to those companies associated with the PTP industrial extraction project and against any affiliates and contractors infringing upon traditional Wet’suwet’en territory.
Wet’suwet’en territory, which extends from Burns Lake to the Coastal Mountains, is sovereign and unceded territory which has never been ceded to the colonial Canadian state; the Wet’suwet’en are not under treaty with the Canadian government. Their territory, therefore, is and always will be free, and belongs to the Wet’suwet’en people alone. The grassroots Wet’suwet’en, especially the Unist’ot’en and Likhts’amisyu clans have repeatedly told PTP officials in meetings and face-to-face encounters that they will not tolerate any pipelines through their territories. On the evening of November 20th, 2012, this commitment was made good once again when hereditary chief Toghestiy intercepted Apache contracted surveyors on Unist’ot’en territory and issued them an eagle feather as a first and only notice of trespass. Let this warning be heard once again.
Under Wet’suwet’en law, the people of these lands have an inalienable right to their traditional territories, and the right to defend it. Even by Canadian law, the Supreme Court Dalgamuukw case decision explicitly recognizes the authority of hereditary chiefs, not elected Indian Act bands or councils. As such, any further unauthorized incursion into traditional Wet’suwet’en territory will be considered an act of colonialism, and an act of aggression towards our sovereignty. As financial investors and participants in the Pacific Trails Pipeline project, please consider yourselves equally responsible and accountable for any trespasses and violations carried out on Wet’suwet’en yintah (territory).
Freda Huson, Unist’ot’en clan spokesperson
Letter to Industry and Government with Warning About Trespassing on Wet’suwet’en Territory
Today Unist’ot’en allies are rising up in cities across North America, and around the world, to deliver a message to industry and government warning them to cease their trespass against sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory. The Global Day of Action is in response to an incident last week where Wet’suwet’en Chief Toghestiy intercepted and issued an eagle feather to surveyors from the Can-Am Geomatics company who were working for Apache’s proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP). (see full story here)
The letter, signed by Unist’ot’en spokesperson Freda Huson, specifically states: “To the illegitimate colonial governments of Canada and British Columbia, and to all parties involved in the proposed Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP) project: Apache corporation, EOG Resources, Encana corporation and all of their affiliated investors, including the Royal Bank of Canada, Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd., and many others. This letter is to issue a warning of trespass to those companies associated with the PTP industrial extraction project and against any affiliates and contractors infringing upon traditional Wet’suwet’en territory.”
The letter makes clear to industry and government that the Unist’ot’en will regard any further incursion into their territory as an act of agression against their sovereignty and that violaters will be held accountable. This applies to all participants in the Pacific Trails Pipeline project – including parent companies, investors, and contractors. The Unis’tot’en (C’ihlts’ehkhyu / Big Frog Clan) are the original Wet’suwet’en distinct to the lands of the Wet’suwet’en and will protect the territory for the sake of future generations.
Solidarity Actions Across North America:
Montreal – Supporters gathered on a cold Montreal morning to express solidarity with the Unist’ot’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation and their refusal to allow the Pacific Trails and Northern Gateway Pipelines to cross their territory.
The group gathered in front of downtown offices of pipeline and tar sands investor Royal Bank. The crowd chanted, among other things: “no pipelines, no tar sands on unceded land,” “Unistoten stop the frack, Montreal’s got your back,” and “Free, prior and informed consent, Montreal represent!”
The group later visited the offices of Jarislowsky Fraser Limited, which is involved in funneling investors to the $1 billion Pacific Trails pipeline project. Security guards attempted to prevent the group from reaching the 20th floor, where were were greeted Erin O’Brien, Chief Financial Officer and Partner at Jarislowsky Fraser. She was presented with a copy of a letter from Unistoten spokesperson Freda Huson. O’Brien stated that she did not have time to hear the letter read or invite us in, suggesting that we make an appointment instead.
More than 100 supporters of the Unist’ot’en were on hand this afternoon outside the Apache Canada office in downtown Vancouver. There were plenty of Vancouver Police on hand as well, serving and protecting the corporate agenda.
Edmonton – allies target RBC, biggest investor in PTP parent company Encana
Report from Edmonton organizers: The day was great! – good turnout – about 10 – 15 folks holding signs, using sidewalk chalk, handing out pamphlets, talking with people holding banners, chanting, and going into RBC to present a letter to the branch manager, who accepted the letter and said that he would “follow up” upon insistence from members of the crowd (perhaps a follow up visit on our end would be useful?) – and members of the media (CBC and City TV) came too and did interviews and took footage of the action. Many passersby and RBC customers took information and there was conversation between many supporters and passersby. Awesome! People also took more pamphlets with them to distribute beyond today’s event.
Toronto – allies gather outside RBC main office on Bay St
From Toronto Media Co-op report: Dozens of people gathered outside the Toronto headquarters of the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) and Jarislowsky Fraser Limited (JFL) today to present the companies with letters of warning. …Sakura Saunders, one of the organizers of the Toronto rally and a member of Rising Tide Toronto, described the actions as “a show of strength of [Unist'ot'en] allies… to show the world they are supported.”
“The pipelines in BC have faced enormous resistance from indigenous and non-indigenous communities,” says Saunders. “We are in solidarity with everyone who is trying to protect their lands from harm, and particularly with Indigenous communities who are also defending their sovereignty.”
Kitchener – No Tar Sands KW holds rally in front of RBC branch
Hamilton Banner Drop – “RBC Attacking Indigenous Communities since 1864″
Victoria – allies visit RBC branches with message of trespass, accompanied by Wet’suwet’en community member
Prince George allies ante up at the RBC building and at CSTC!!
Terrace BC –
Terrace BC shows their support with a BUS!! … a BUS!! parked in front of the RBC building! Thanks Gitxsan Unity Movement!!
From one of the organizers: “A small group of us in Chico, Ca. demonstrated in front of the Kinder Morgan “tank farm” (transfer station.) The response to our signs was a mix of what? and Yes! Only one guy yelling in support of the Keystone XL. We’ll have coverage in Thursday’s Chico weekly paper and I’ll send the link. We were glad to hear the call went out on Democracy Now this morning! (All progressives in the U.S. listen to that show.)”
Ottawa – supporters hold rally outside Parliament Building, home of the colonial so-called government of Canada
Smithers - Local Wet’suwet’en and settler allies gather in Smithers to show support!
Allies in Saint Johns Newfoundland take a stand to support the Unist’ot’en today as well!! Thanks guys!!
Houston, Texas – allies hold banner in front of Apache Headquarters
Report from Tar Sands Bockade allies: “Here are our solidarity photos from Houston! We went to the to take the photo and instantly were accosted by employees of another firm in the same building inquiring, ‘What are youpicketing for?’
‘Apache is putting pipelines through indigenous lands without permission. We’re out here for our friends in British Columbia.’
‘They’re running pipelines through everywhere.’
‘Yeah, we’re fighting those, too!’
As these two women were chatting us up, three security personnel started coming out of the building very quickly.
The women yelled to the security, ‘They’re picketing. They’re protesting.’
Security asked if we knew we were on private property to which we replied ‘Yes, sir!’
“Well, it’s time to leave.”
So we did. But we got a few photos in the meantime.”
Kamloops – A small-but-passionate group of Kamloops residents gather outside the downtown library to show solidarity by holding a banner and handing out leaflets to passersby detailing the fight to stop the Pacific Trail Pipeline in northwestern B.C.
Calgary – a delegation delivered our letter to Apache Canada’s head office, where it was received by their head of public relations staff Ms. Pohlman. Hopefully they read it and seriously reconsider trying to force their pipeline through unceded Unist’ot’en land. If they do, they will fail.
Confirmed Actions also happening in – Trinidad, Calgary, New York and New Jersey. As reports come in we will update this page!
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Gidimt’en evicts PTP surveyers in solidarity with the Unist’ot’en Camp.