Dead Pipeline Walking

12/11/19
Author: 
Virginia Monk and Dave Ages
 
From: Virginia Monk Dave Ages
Date: Thu, Nov 7, 2019 at 1:38 PM
Subject: Dead Pipeline Walking
 
Thank you for your continuing interest in and support of the Unist'ot'en stand for sovereignty and against the Coastal GasLink fracked LNG pipeline. The following is a bit about what's currently going on at this important front line.
 
Legal Situation
 
As you are likely aware, an interim injunction was granted to CGL almost a year ago. The company has used this injunction to push ahead with their preparations for pipeline construction - moving in large amounts of heavy equipment, bulldozing swaths of Unist'ot'en sovereign Territory, and constructing "man" camps. CGL is acting as if their right to proceed has been settled. But, this is far from true. Theirs is literally "a dead pipeline walking". The Wet'suwet'en Nation and its many allies have no intention of allowing this project to ever be completed.
 
We continue to await the judge's decision on the application by CGL for a permanent injunction. The hearing on this was held in June, about 5 months ago.
 
As previously reported, the Unist'ot'en have applied for a judicial review of the decisions by certain BC provincial authorities to issue permits to CGL. This case has still not been scheduled for a hearing, although the legal team is hopeful that they will have this before a judge this year or in early 2020.
 
CGL and RCMP violate protocol agreement
 
With the interim injunction in place, and in the face of violent intimidation by the RCMP, the Wet'suwet'en negotiated a protocol agreement to govern the situation pending a decision by the courts on the application for a permanent injunction. This agreement requires CGL to give 24 hours notice to the Unist'ot'en of each vehicle entering the Territory for the first time. On November 7 a vehicle attempted to enter without having given the agreed notice. The bridge monitor informed the driver of the requirements of the protocol agreement. The RCMP arrived and, rather than telling the driver to give the required notice, arrested the bridge monitor. For more on this, see the video at: 
 
Latest Overview Video
 
Check out the latest video (called Invasion) about the Unist'ot'en stand at http://unistoten.camp/media/invasion/
Just 18 minutes long, its packed with good information and inspiring messages.
 
Unist'ot'en Village
 
The recent fall work camp saw progress being made on the various current projects including the Healing Lodge, green house and tool shed. Meanwhile a solid group of Indigenous land defenders and allies is keeping the Village strong and ready. Other Wet'suwet'en Clans also continue to carry on the work of asserting their sovereignty and protecting their lands.
 
Join the front line
 
On November 13 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm there will be a casual information session about the Unist'ot'en Village at Kafka's (2525 Main St., Vancouver). Or go to 
!http://unistoten.camp/come-to-camp/camp-registration/  for information or to apply to join this front line.
 
Funds are always needed
 
Stopping industrial destruction isn't cheap. Consider making a financial contribution today. 
 
For tax receipted contributions to the legal fund, use  https://fundraise.raventrust.com/unistoten
or for direct contributions to the Unist'ot'en legal fund use https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/unistoten-camp-legal-fund
 
Or cheques, made out to Tse Wedi Eltlh,  can be sent to:
Tse Wedi Eltlh,
620 CN Station Road,
Smithers BC, V0J-2N1  
 
Thank you.

 

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