gidimt’en work camp, october 10-21st, 2019
The cold is quickly approaching at the Gidimt’en Checkpoint and Coastal Gaslink is preparing for construction activities in Gidimt’en territories this fall and winter—including the construction of another man camp and clearing the right of way on Gidimt’en yintah. We are preparing for the cold, hard battle ahead—and we invite you to join us!
While last January's RCMP invasion left some structures destroyed and wood stashes burnt, we have continued to occupy our territories. Plans are underway to expand current structures and build new ones!
Folks with carpentry, framing, logging, cooking, and camping skills are encouraged to come to camp and work alongside us to continue the reoccupation of our territory and resist RCMP and industry invasion. Ideally those interested will commit to ten days of work beginning October 10th, 2019, however, supporters are needed before and after camp. Attendees should be prepared to sleep in tents they provide for themselves, or in communal sleeping areas. Please be prepared for cold weather and to take care of your own emotional/physical/mental needs. Those attending work camp must be prepared to follow Indigenous leadership, Indigenous protocol and register by contacting email@example.com before arriving.
In an era of attempted pipeline development across so-called “North America”, the capitalist and colonial processes which displace Indigenous peoples from their land and destroy land and water must be stopped! Working alongside the Gidimt'en checkpoint is a concrete way to support resistance to the colonial and capitalist projects which are destroying our territories and the planet more broadly.
We hope you join us in continued resistance between October 10th, 2019 and October 21st, 2019 for this fall's work camp.
Indigenous folks who wish to attend can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to apply for travel subsidy!
If you are not able to attend camp in person consider donating to support the effort through the Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gidimt’en territory by etransfer, our gofundme page (button below) or by donating items on the list below.
Donation items Requested:
• Exterior doors
• Insulated stove pipe
• Chop saw
• Skill saw
• Screws and nails
• Food (canned goods/root vegetables/fruit)
*If you can’t bring donated items, please contact us to arrange drop off or pick up.
#WetsuwetenStrong #NoTrespass #Wedzinkwa #NoConsent #TheTimeisNow #ThePlaceisHere
The Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs represent a governance system that predates colonization and the Indian Act which was created in an attempt to outlaw Indigenous peoples from their lands. The Wet'suwet'en have continued to exercise their unbroken, unextinguished, and unceded right to govern and occupy their lands by continuing and empowering the clan-based governance system to this day. Under Wet'suwet'en law, clans have a responsibility and right to control access to their territories.
The validity of the Wet'suwet'en house and clan system was verified in the Delgamuukw and Red Top Decisions that uphold the authority of the hereditary system on Wet'suwet'en traditional territories.
At this very moment a standoff is unfolding, the outcome of which will determine the future of Northern BC for generations to come. Will the entire region be overtaken by the fracking industry, or will Indigenous people asserting their sovereignty be successful in repelling the assault on their homelands?
The future is unwritten. What comes next will be greatly influenced by actions taken in the coming days and weeks. This is a long-term struggle, but it is at a critical moment. That is why we say: The Time is Now. If you are a person of conscience and you understand the magnitude of what is at stake, ask yourself how you might best support the grassroots Wet’suwet’en. For different people, this may mean different things. For some people, it means traveling to the front-lines. For others, awareness-raising efforts or cash/material contributions.
Under ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law) all five clans of the Wet’suwet’en have unanimously opposed all pipeline proposals and have not provided free, prior, and informed consent to Coastal Gaslink/ TransCanada to do work on Wet’suwet’en lands.
*Please note that the camp sign up found by following this link is for the unist’ot’en Camp. The Gitimt’en camp is a distinct project with different sign up protocols.
Our responsibility is to protect our yintah for future generations.
GIDIMT’EN YINTAH ACCESS
The Gidimt'en is one of five clans of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. The creation of the Gitimd'en Camp was announced in the Wet’suwet’en feast hall, with the support of all chiefs present.
The Gidimt’en Yintah Access checkpoint is controlling access to Cas Yikh House territory within the larger Gidimt’en clan territory at 44.5 km on the Morice River FSR. The collective House Chiefs made the decision to support Gidimt’en Yintah Access December 14th, 2018. The five clans ratified the decision in a bahlats (feast) in Witset on December 16th, 2018.
On Friday, December 21st, a judge granted Coastal Gas Link an extension to their injunction against individuals at the Unist’ot’en Camp, applying it to all resistance camps South of Houston.
In response to CGL’s injunction, the Gidimt'en Yintah Access checkpoint was established on the road leading to the Unist’ot’en Camp. CGL’s lawyers have been arguing that the Unist’ot’en are essentially a rogue group without a rightful claim to aboriginal title. The Gidimt'en intervention shows that the Unist’ot’en are not alone, and that the hereditary chiefs are prepared to uphold Wet’suwet’en law by refusing to grant CGL consent to access the Yintahs.