Thousands of miles Northwest of the Tar Sands Blockade stands the Unis’tot’en Camp, where members of the grassroots Wet’suwet’en and their allies have established a resistance community directly in the path of the Northern Gateway and Pacific Trails Pipelines.
The Unis’tot’en Camp stands in solidarity with the Tar Sands Blockade. We commend the courage and dedication of the dauntless eco-warriors of Texas. May our actions be in conjunction with yours.
We are issuing this statement from our home deep in the Boreal forest by the banks of pristine Wedzin Kwa, colonially known as the Morice River. We drink straight from the river that gives life and vitality, feeding the plants and animals of the territory. The forest stands timeless and regal, wild and free.
As we speak, Wet’suwet’en lands are threatened by a proposed industrial energy corridor that would include many pipelines intending to transport shale gas and tar sands oil to the port town of Kitimat and onto tankers bound for Asian markets. This would facilitate expansion of both the Athabasca Tar Sands and B.C.’s toxic fracking industry. The most immediate threat to the Wet’suwet’en territory is the Pacific Trails Pipeline (PTP), a shale gas pipeline meant to blaze the trail for several others along the same right-of-way.
Similar to the Keystone XL blockades of Texas, the Unis’tot’en camp resistance also embraces ecological accountability to Mother Earth. Every parent and grandparent has the responsibility to ensure a healthy planet for future generations. We implore the parents of Texas and the world to heed this call and to be accountable to the future of the children and grandchildren. We must defend the water, the air, and the land against the ravages of industry. Let us act with bravery and take action, and let us take freedom into our own hands.
Though a vast distance separates us, we are natural allies. We are fighting on two fronts of the same war. We wish to open up channels of communication so as to coordinate strategies and build solidarity. Know that we share your profound commitment to the defense of Mother Earth, and we will never compromise or surrender. We will hold this position.
The time has come to dedicate our lives to the movement. Our movement is growing, and will continue to grow, but we have far to go. We must recognize that the ravages of industry are occurring on a planetary scale, and that the time has come to warrior up and resist the existence of industrial capitalism.
We can do this by establishing community corridors directly on the path of the carbon corridors and industrial infrastructure. Pipelines do not belong on ecological and traditional territories, and along with the Tar Sands Blockade, we must resist them from Kitimat to Texas. The extraction of natural resources and industrial expansion of the capitalist system on Turtle Island are forever illegitimate because they intend to take place on stolen indigenous lands. We must defend the traditional territories of the ancestors to those Indigenous People who fight for their lands today.