RCMP officers arrive in Smithers, a militarized assault against Wet’suwet’en land defenders appears imminent

Photos of RCMP arriving at Smithers airport by Gidimt’en Checkpoint. On November 17 just prior to 7 pm ET, Gidimt’en Checkpoint tweeted: “Dozens of RCMP [Royal Canadian Mounted Police] have deployed onto Wet’suwet’en territory. A charter plane full of RCMP have landed at the Smithers airport, with between 30 and Read more…

RCMP set up exclusion zone on Wet’suwet’en territory, federal Minister says “it depends” what will happen next

Photo by Gidimt’en Checkpoint. On Sunday November 14, Wet’suwet’en land defenders issued this evacuation order to Coastal GasLink workers on their territory and ten hours later blocked the Morice River Forest Service Road, a main access road onto their lands. They have stated that this action was taken to protect Read more…

Wet’suwet’en land defenders enforce evacuation order, close Morice River Forest Service Road

Gidimt’en Checkpoint photo. On November 14 at 9 pm PT, Gidimt’en Checkpoint tweeted: “WET’SUWET’EN people are once again in control of Wet’suwet’en yintah! [Hereditary Chief] Dinï ze’ Woos asserts jurisdiction by enforcing our laws with the 2021 Evacuation Order. The Morice River FSR [Forest Service Road] has been disabled, blocking Read more…

Trudeau’s pledge at COP26 of an emissions cap does not stop the ongoing criminalization of Indigenous land defenders

Photo: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the COP26 summit on November 1, 2021; RCMP raid on Wet’suwet’en territories on January 7, 2019. At the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has just promised to cap this country’s oil and gas emissions. Trudeau stated: “We’ll cap oil Read more…

Canadian police framing of Wet’suwet’en land defenders as “protesters” trivializes Indigenous territorial rights

Canadian police arrest Gitxsan land defender Kolin Sutherland-Wilson. Photo by Kai Nagata. On October 27, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested two land defenders on Wet’suwet’en territory: Likhts’amisyu Clan Hereditary Chief Dsta’hyl and Kolin Sutherland-Wilson from the Gitxsan Nation. The RCMP media release on this is headlined: Protesters arrested Read more…