Here is a letter I have sent the responsible Government Ministers for Canada and BC, to ask them not to violate the sovereignty of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. We cannot, as Canadians, permit this to happen.
The Honourable Scott Fraser, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, British Columbia The Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, British Columbia The Honourable Michelle Mungail, Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, British Columbia The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, Canada The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Canada The Right Honourable Justin P. J. Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
I am writing to you as Ministers of the Crown in Right of British Columbia and of Canada in the hopes that this will help avert a terrible mistake that will reverberate for generations.
Any move to use force to help the building of pipelines on the land of any First Nation is in violation of two duties that every citizen of Canada should take extremely seriously.
Honour our responsibilities to recognize the sovereignty of First Nations, particularly in the light of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Phase out fossil fuels rapidly, to reduce the already evident climate change that threatens our way of life.
If the RCMP is used to enforce the “rights” of oil and gas companies over the real rights of Indigenous people, then instead of reconciliation you will bring shame to Canadians in whose name you are claiming to act and increase the mistrust for us that we have already earned from First Nations people, for generations to come.
If you enforce the “rights” of oil and gas companies over the real rights of all humans on this planet to clean air, a stable climate and a liveable biosphere and you hasten mass extinctions, you will go down in history as monsters, for generations to come.
This is a time at which many aspects of human rights converge in the movements to honour our responsibilities to all Indigenous peoples on whose land we live and to save the biosphere as we know it.
- Do not be caught on the wrong side of history and earn the disgust of all future generations.
- Do not invade Wet’suwet’en land.