RCMP patrol cultural site with assault rifles on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory

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The Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidimt’en Territory has posted:

“Photographs taken on Wet’suwet’en territory show RCMP armed with assault weapons conducting foot patrols of a cultural site belonging to Hereditary Chief Woos of Cas Yikh (Grizzly House).”

“Security cameras belonging to the Gidimt’en clan recorded images of heavily armed police patrolling Chief Woos’ smokehouse on June 10 and June 18.”

“We are deeply concerned with excessively armed police conducting foot patrols through remote parts of Gidimt’en yintah which are subject to active cultural use. We have seen too frequently, on our own territories and across Canada, that police readily use lethal force against our people and seldom face any consequence.”

“On January 4, Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs representing all five clans of our nation collectively evicted Coastal Gaslink from our territories. While the eviction is still in effect, Coastal Gaslink continues to trespass on our lands with RCMP acting as an auxiliary private security force.”

“The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, joined by the United Nations’ Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, have repeatedly called upon the RCMP to withdraw from Wet’suwet’en territories, to prohibit the use of force and lethal weapons, and to cease the forced evictions of Wet’suwet’en people from our unceded homelands.”

“We call on all parties involved in this campaign against the Wet’suwet’en people to stand down.”

To read their full post, please click here.

We also draw your attention to the Unist’ot’en Camp website here.

To read the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination statement (from December 13, 2019) that called on Canada to prohibit the use of lethal weapons against Indigenous peoples opposed to mega-projects on their territories, to withdraw the RCMP from these traditional lands, and to halt construction on three mega-projects, including the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline on Wet’suwet’en territory, please click here.

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