Unist’hot’en Action Camp II

22 Jul
Banners at Wedzin Kwah 66km

Banners read No Pipelines, Respect Indigenous Peoples' Rights, No Tar Sands, Pipelines/CN, Offsetting, Tanker Traffic, Yintah Wewat Zenlii (taking care of the land)

Pictured here is a visual of the proposed crossing, with banners that read “NO PIPELINES” which is the fact that the Lhe Lin Liyin oppose all four proposed pipelines proposing to cross their territories, and in the spirit of debunking the Not In My BackYard follies, we also oppose all other pipelines that would support expansion of Tar Sands projects in Northern Alberta. The second reads “RESPECT INDIGENOUS PEOPLE’S RIGHTS”. Although very important to bring into view the word ‘respect’, we also know we are asserting our responsibilities, not fighting for rights. We do not disagree with Nations or Indigenous populations who are fighting for basic rights, but we must also transcend this term and know that we were never stripped of our responsibilities and our laws. We must assert them. The Third banner reads NO: Pipelines/CN opposing all pipelines coming from Tar Sands’ Bitumen or Liquified Natural Gas; NO: Tar Sands, need we say more? NO: Tanker Traffic which I would love to edit to SuperTankers Traffic, as they are four times the size of the Tankers this world is already terrorized by. And lastly but not least, NO: OFFSETTING, which includes Carbon Offsets, Boreal Offsets, and Biological Offsets. If Non Governmental Organizations are pro Offsetting and seeking sellout leaders in our nations, than we are being duped into believing that these are solutions to Climate Change and would produce an income or revenue for nations who also want to save the planet. But our nations are not being informed of the NIMBY weakness where you as a nation get to save plots of your land, while the same company goes to another nation and destroys what they have. This is an even more disgusting trespass ideologically than when these companies go to third world countries and blatantly steal the land using paramilitary and threats for the same process, but come to a so called First World nation and smile at you and promise riches for Green Economy or Green Washed Economy. The Fourth Banner reads “YINTAH WEWAT ZENLI : TAKING CARE OF THE LAND” and was painted at the Unist’hot’en Action Camp last year. This banner is written in the Wet’suwet’en Language, it means that by living with the land, using ancient Indigenous Laws of the Unist’hot’en of the Wet’suwet’en including foremost the law of respecting the land and water, the people are taking care of the land. Indigenous Laws reflect Natural Laws and these Natural Laws precede all human laws, especially the construct laws of canada, one of the Wet’suwet’en people’s occupants, and bc, the other occupant in Wet’suwet’en Territory.

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