Questions remain about when the RCMP began planning its militarized raid on Wet’suwet’en territory

Gidimt’en Checkpoint photo. On December 10, Brett Forester of APTN News reported: “The British Columbia government authorized emergency RCMP redeployment to Wet’suwet’en territory on the same day [Monday November 15] catastrophic floods ravaged critical infrastructure and deluged communities elsewhere in the province.” The article adds: “Solicitor General Mike Farnworth approved Read more…

Hundreds of academics sign Open Letter denouncing RCMP invasion of Wet’suwet’en territory

Photo by Amber Brackin/The Narwhal. Hundreds of academics have signed this Open Letter that denounces that the “RCMP attacked and removed Wet’suwet’en land defenders opposing the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project (a project on which TC Energy is the operator).” The letter adds: “We strongly condemn aggression by Read more…

Did the RCMP decide to raid Wet’suwet’en territory before the Hereditary Chiefs’ evacuation order was radioed to CGL workers?

Photo by Dan Loan, November 18, 2021. The lack of transparency on the part of the British Columbia government and the RCMP, specifically on the timeline of their decision to raid Wet’suwet’en territory and arrest Indigenous land defenders and journalists, raises concerning questions. Timing of the raid On Wednesday November 17, Read more…

Gidimt’en land defender Sleydo’ highlights RCMP/CIRG collusion with CGL in interview with Democracy Now!

On November 30, Gidimt’en land defender Sleydo’ was interviewed by Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzalez on Democracy Now! Excerpts from that interview include Sleydo’ highlighting: “The CIRG team of the police, the specialized group of RCMP to deal with specifically industry and Indigenous land defenders, surrounded our camp with tactical Read more…

Five reasons why Murray Rankin’s comments put Wet’suwet’en land defenders at risk of violence and criminalization

Photo: Murray Rankin with federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh (who supports the Coastal GasLink pipeline, but who also criticized the recent RCMP raid against Wet’suwet’en land defenders: “That’s not reconciliation.”) Murray Rankin, the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation in the province of British Columbia, has highlighted following the RCMP Read more…

PBI-Canada recognizes Sleydo’ on International Women Human Rights Defenders Day

Photo: Gidimt’en land defender Sleydo’ (Molly Wickham). Today, Monday November 29, is International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. It recognizes women engaged in the defence of the right to land, territory, environment, water, and Indigenous rights, and freedom of association and expression. On this day, we wish to recognize Gidimt’en Read more…