This week Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs welcomed a delegation from across the country and beyond to the yintah (territory) for a Peace and Unity Summit. Through the four-day event, the chiefs brought together Indigenous leaders, politicians, conservation groups and others to uplift Indigenous sovereignty, share space and join in solidarity with the Hereditary Chiefs in their opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline.
“You know, I never, ever want to take it for granted,” she says, referring to raising her children out on the yintah (Wet’suwet’en territory), about a two-hour drive up a mountainous road west of Houston, where the family has lived since Liam was a baby.
“I’m so in awe of them and so grateful for the way that they get to live. And so bewildered by how much they know.” She pauses and tucks a strand of her brown hair behind her ear.
Sleydo’ and Woos talk about the recent decision to criminalize Wet’suwet’en land and water defenders and their allies who are upholding Wet’suwet’en laws.
The sun is breaking through the rolling clouds that have brought heaps of rain to northern B.C. over several days in mid-July. Molly Wickham, also known by her Wet’suwet’en name of Sleydo’, stops in the rural town of Houston on the way to visit her mother in Smithers with her husband, Cody, and three children.
Hundreds of water protectors are currently facing criminal charges in Minnesota for standing in defense of the water, the climate, and the treaty rights of the Anishinaabeg people. These individuals put their bodies on the line to stop Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline, a massive tar sands project that threatens the state’s lakes, rivers, aquifers and wild rice beds.
“Wet’suwet’en is an international frontline to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples and to prevent climate change,” says Gidimt’en Checkpoint spokesperson Sleydo’ amid her clan’s fight against Coastal GasLink’s pipeline.
Plans to flush out salt caverns for gas storage hit a wall of Mi’kmaq grandmothers Cheryl Maloney’s eyes glossed over with tears as she stood near the bank of the Stewiacke River in the middle of Nova Scotia. The news was finally sinking in.
Freda Huson has been praying. The Wet’suwet’en matriarch and wing chief of the Unist’ot’en Dark House Clan left her home on the Witset First Nation more than a decade ago to return to her yintah, the land of her ancestors, in order to protect it from encroaching industry.
For the past few years, violent police raids against Indigenous populations – like the Wet’suwet’en in co-called British Columbia, the Standing Rock Nation in the Dakotas, and the Anishinaabe People in Minnesota – have become standard procedure. Law enforcement is always there to protect prospective pipeline profits for the fossil fuel industry.
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Jerry cans of gas in an overflowing pool of water. Oil barrels lying on the ground. A dumpster filled to the brim, its lid propped open and bags of garbage left out in bear country. Murky water flowing into wetlands, lakes, streams and rivers.
The project would have featured a natural gas pipeline crossing 229 miles in four southwestern Oregon counties to the Jordan Cove liquefaction plant in Coos Bay. From there, the gas would have been loaded onto ships for export to Asian markets.
The recent IPCC report paints a grim future for all life on this planet if we don’t take aggressive action now. Expanding tar sands extraction and increasing the capacity of the Trans Mountain pipeline is nothing less than climate suicide.
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My people are descended from the sea. That is the meaning of our name: Tsleil-Waututh, “people of the inlet.” Our creation story tells us that we were created from the sediment in the Burrard Inlet in Vancouver, Canada. The inlet is our grandmother, our oldest relative.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered fossil fuel company Enbridge to shut down its dangerous Line 5 oil pipeline, which runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes, by May 12. Whitmer issued the order after she terminated the pipeline’s 1953 easement.
Now that Enbridge is operating the Line 5 pipeline illegally, what happens next?
A great Report from Demeocracy Now, Amy Goodman and Winona LaDuke
“Not Having It”: Winona LaDuke on Mass Protest by Water Protectors to Halt Line 3 Pipeline in Minnesota
In the largest act of civil disobedience to date to halt the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline, more than 100 water protectors led by Indigenous women have been arrested in Minnesota.
Environmental protesters and Native American tribes have joined together to try to block construction efforts that would expand and repair a controversial pipeline called Line 3, which would carry hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil through tribal lands and fragile watersheds in northern Minnesota.
The company behind the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline said Wednesday it’s officially terminating the project. TC Energy already had suspended construction in January when President Biden revoked a key cross-border presidential permit. The announcement ends a more than decade-long battle that came to signify the debate over whether fossil fuels should be left in the ground to address climate change.