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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO COVER THIS STORY

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. Each clan within the Wet’suwet’en Nation have full jurisdiction under their law to control access to their territory. In 1997, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled in the Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa court case that the Wet’suwet’en people, as represented by their hereditary leaders, had not given up rights and title to 22,000 square kilometers of Northern British Columbia.

According to the Wet'suwet'en Access Point on Gitdumden territory, “All Wet'suwet'en Clans have rejected the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline because this is our home. Our medicines, our berries, our food, the animals, our water, our culture are all here since time immemorial. We are obligated to protect our ways of life for our babies unborn.”

The interim injunction was issued and RCMP militarized raid occurred BEFORE the named defendants and Wet'suwet'en Nation has even had a chance to respond in court and affirm Wet’suwet’en Rights, Title and Jurisdiction. As the Unist'ot'en Camp says, "This fight is far from over. We paved the way with the Delgamuuk’w court case and the time has come for Delgamuuk’w II."

The provincial and federal government must uphold their responsibilities to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by revoking the permits for this fracked gas pipeline that does not have consent from any Wet’suwet’en Clan. The federal government, provincial government, Coastal GasLink/TransCanada, and the RCMP do not have jurisdiction on Wet'suwet'en land.

 
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MEDIA CONTACT

 
 

Delee Nikal / Gidimt’en, Cas Yex / Media Coordinator

Delee Nikal grew up in and around Witset (formerly “Moricetown”), and was raised within the feast hall. Growing up, she spent time on Gidimt’en’s traditional territories, with her late uncle Roy Morris (who held the name Woos). Her background is in labour activism - and has advocated for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls, as well as the incorporation of hereditary & traditional law with colonial/settler law.

Media preferences: radio - on air / pre-taped, podcasts, tv - live / pre-taped, newspaper

Availability: most days & times - can move work schedule around most days, but will be dependent on cell reception at times.

8 days on, 6 days off. 7am-5pm on work days.