About 50 people in Fredericton braved frigid temperatures on Jan. 29 to stand in solidarity with the Wet’suwe’ten peoples’ fight against the Coastal GasLink pipeline on their territory. Joan Green from the Fredericton Chapter of the Council of Canadians took these photographs.
The Facebook page for the event read:
We stand as witnesses to this historic moment when the federal and provincial governments, RCMP, and Coastal GasLink/TC Energy (formerly TransCanada) are openly violating Wet’suwet’en, Canadian, and international law.
Coastal GasLink/TC Energy is pushing through a 670-kilometer fracked gas pipeline that would carry fracked gas from Dawson Creek, B.C. to the coastal town of Kitimat, where LNG Canada’s processing plant would be located. LNG Canada is the single largest private investment in Canadian history.
Each clan within the Wet’suwet’en Nation has full jurisdiction under their law to control access to their territory. 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.
Recently the RCMP have been blocking entry to Wet’suwet’en land, increasing surveillance, and denying media entrance. Last year when this occured, the RCMP were prepared to use lethal force on peaceful land defenders protecting their own land risking it all to protect their lands from destruction.