Last month, Canadian police invaded the indigenous Wet’suwet’en territory and arrested 30 people. The arrests were made at a site that’s standing along the route of the Coastal GasLink pipeline project. The pipeline would carry fracked gas from British Columbia to the coast, and is being built by TC Energy (formerly TransCanada), which is the same company behind the Keystone XL pipeline.
The hereditary leaders of the Wet’suwet’en territory oppose the pipeline and have been fighting to prevent the invasion of their land. If built, the pipeline could lock in the use of dirty energy for decades, at a time when we need to keep fossil fuels in the ground more urgently than ever.
This fight is even bigger than just one pipeline. If we want to solve the global climate crisis, the international community needs to uphold the land rights of indigenous groups and their authority to reject extractive industries that threaten their ways of life.
This week, please check out the Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolkit, and find a way that you can show you’re in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en community.
Photo: Jason Hargrove