Archive | June, 2012

Caravan to Wet’suwet’en

25 Jun


Action camp in the path of the pipelines Pipeline company to start clearing route this summer

Call to action: Indigenous people are asking for solidarity to stop the bulldozing of the Enbridge pipeline right-of-way in Northern BC. This summer, Pacific Trails Pipeline company is set to begin clearing hundreds of kilometers of forests, streams, and wetlands for its gas pipeline on the same route that Enbridge (and others) plan to follow. Clans in the Wet’suwet’en First Nation say NO. They are calling for support at Unis’tot’en Camp in the path of the pipelines.

Answer the call. Join us for the caravan starting August 4 from Vancouver & Victoria to the Morice River, Northern BC. Witness a traditional wedding, participate in workshops on action and traditional skills, enjoy evenings around the campfire with new friends. The caravan returns to the city August 13.

Sign up for the camp (below) or donate today.


Questions & Answers:

What are the dates?
The camp is August 6-10. We’re caravaning from Victoria and Vancouver starting August 4, and leaving from the camp for the return trip August 11, arriving back in the city by August 13.

Where is it?
Unis’tot’en Camp is on the Morice River, near Smithers BC. We will create campsites, a bush kitchen, wash stations, and pit toilets. Volunteers will provide communal breakfast and dinner. Everyone will be asked to volunteer.

Is this camp hosted by indigenous leaders?

Yes, hereditary chiefs of the Likhts’amisyu and Unis’tot’en (C’ihlts’ehkhyu) Clans will meet us at the entrance to the camp. They will ask us who we are and what we have to assist them in defending their land.

Can I stay longer?
Yes, folks can make their own arrangements for return.

What should I bring?
Bring your own camping gear, waterproof tent or tarp, sleeping bag, warm clothes, rain gear, hiking shoes, water bottles, snacks, personal medicines, your cup, bowl and spoon, and donations. Don’t bring: dogs (other than registered assistance dogs), drugs, alcohol, or weapons.

How much does it cost?
We’re asking for a sliding-scale donation. Suggested donation is $60 per person for food, transportation, camping, and a contribution to our hosts.

Can I host a workshop?
Please let us know on the sign-up form (below) what kind of workshop, skillshare, or discussion you have in mind.

Will there be civil disobedience?
We don’t know. If so, people should be prepared and have a choice whether to participate.

What if I don’t have camping gear?
Let us know beforehand, so we can bring enough extras.

Why can’t I bring my dog?
Dogs chase wildlife and livestock, spread parvo and other diseases, and cause problems for non-dog owners. Please leave your dog with a friend, roommate, family member, or kennel. They will not be allowed on the bus.

What about hitch-hiking?
The RCMP warns that one or more serial murderers have killed over a dozen people, mostly women, on the highways around Prince George in the last ten years. The murderer(s) have not been apprehended. Please be safe and travel with friends.


How do I contact Forest Action Network privately?
Email (secured with PGP).

Volunteer Policy
Camp participants agree to abide by this safe space policy:
Volunteers, indigenous people, our hosts, and members of the public must be treated with respect at all times by participants. The camp is a safe environment for people of all races, genders, orientations, national origins, classes, and abilities. Forest Action Network enforces zero tolerance for abuse and harassment of any kind. Drugs, alcohol, weapons, and nudity are not permitted at the camp.