Letter from Wet'suwet'en Territories

Virginia Monk and Dave Ages

Oct. 25, 2021

We have just returned from the Wet'suwet'en Territories. We spent time at the frontline where the Gitumden Clan is protecting the Wedzin Kwa (Morice River). We also spent time at the Unist'ot'en Village and Healing Lodge. We saw firsthand the renewed energy and determination of these Indigenous land defenders and their allies.
The 5 Clans of the Wet'suwet'en Nation have never wavered from their determination to assert their sovereignty and to protect their lands from rapacious industry. The most immediate and ongoing threat is from the Coastal GasLink fracked gas pipeline. CGL, protected by their RCMP "private security force" and with the toadyish support of the Provincial and Federal governments, has been cutting a wide "trespass zone" through Wet'suwet'en Territory. But, a line has been drawn at the tunnel site at the Wedzin Kwa. Here, the Hereditary Chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en have stated that CGL will never be allowed to despoil this pristine and sacred river.
At the Coyote Camp, on the CGL pipeline route at the Wedzin Kwa, a large group of Gitumden people reinforced by Indigenous and other allies, are establishing a powerful presence. The following short video beautifully shows the current situation at this most important frontline:
Meanwhile, the Unist'ot'en Healing Lodge, and the Village emerging around it, continues to be a vital presence and a symbol that the Wet'suwet'en stand is not just about stopping unwanted industrial development. Fundamentally, as has been said over and over, it is about healing the land and healing the people. The Unist'ot'en Village, just a few kilometers from the Coyote Camp, is serving as a rear base of support for this frontline.
The Likht'samisyu Clan has also taken a strong stand - demanding that CGL remove all industrial equipment from their Territory or face decommissioning and seizure.
This article in the Georgia Straight by Doctors Margaret McGregor and Larry Barzelai provides more detail about the current situation as well as the dire health impacts of the fracked liquified gas industry:
Through the solidarity and generosity of a large group of allies, we were able to deliver a full pick up truck load of materials and food to both the Gitumden and the Unist'ot'en. But much more support is needed. To learn more and to see how you can get involved check out the sites listed below.
We left the Wet'suwet'en Yintah with a renewed sense of optimism that this pipeline nightmare will be stopped.
We can now say that, while victory is by no means guaranteed, we have seen to the absolute determination of these people to protect their lands.
Here's a few photos reflecting the current situation:
Find more information at:
Unist'ot'en Website: http://unistoten.camp/
Wet'suwet'en Access point on Gidimt'en territory: https://www.facebook.com/wetsuwetenstrong/
Gidimt'en Website: https://www.yintahaccess.com/  
Sovereign Likhts'amisyu and Namoks: https://www.facebook.com/likhtsamisyu/
If you are planning a fundraising event or campaign make sure to read the  fundraising protocols that can be found on the websites of the various Clans.