OPP & CN offer immunity if camps come down by midnight

Kanenhariyo speaks to the people about his discussion with CN Rail and the OPP and relays their message.

 

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OPP move in on rail blockade by Mohawks of Tyendinaga

Ontario Provincial Police officers make an arrest at a rail blockade in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, near Belleville, Ont., on Monday Feb. 24, 2020, as they protest in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en Nation hereditary chiefs attempting to halt construction of a natural gas pipeline on their traditional territories. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)


Unist’ot’en Solidarity Brigade

Over the weekend people took to the streets and politicians offices and new blockades went up in both Canada and the US. This movement is powerful and spreading and has shaken the powers that be.

Many upcoming actions are organized and are more important than ever as Trudeau appears to be gearing up to use force against indigenous people rather than meet the just and lawful demands of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs.

Tyendinaga Mohawk Leader, Kanenhariyo with the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief Woos in Tyendinaga

 

A youngster at the mass march in Toronto today
Don’t believe the hype: RCMP are still in Wet’suwet’en Territory

Wet’suwet’en land was never ceded or surrendered and as such Canada’s actions amount to an illegal occupation in Wet’suwet’en territory.

Contrary to the announcement by the British Columbian Royal Canadian Mounted Police (BC RCMP) on February 20, 2020 that they are withdrawing from Wet’suwet’en territory, the BC RCMP and CIRG have in fact made illegal arrests, and have increased harassment, surveillance, and monitoring of Wet’suwet’en people and their invited guests.

The aerial footage of the Community Industry Safety Office (CISO) detachment at 29km on the Morice West Forest Service Road taken on February 21st, 2020, shows that RCMP are not taking any action to dismantle the camp. All of their infrastructure is still in place and they can easily return to illegally reoccupy our unceded land.

Moreover, they are actively continuing illegal patrols and traffic stops on Wet’suwet’en territory. A total of eight RCMP “patrols” happened yesterday throughout the Yintah. They patrol our territory at all hours. Two different supporter vehicles were pulled over and harassed two days ago, another vehicle was pulled over three days ago and an arrest was made four days prior. Two days ago two supporters were also nearly run off the road by an RCMP vehicle who the supporters did not hear calling their kilometers. While the supporters were still in the snow bank the RCMP vehicle drove away.

As I write this post, there is still an RCMP vehicle parked in Unist’ot’en Territory.

This video shows multiple instances of the RCMP’s constant campaign to surveil, harass and intimate Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders and our supporters. We are not safe when RCMP are in our unceded territory. Unjustified traffic stops is one of the strategies that RCMP uses for their surveillance, harassment, and intimidation campaign.

In the last RCMP incident captured in this video, at approximately 4:23 PM PST on February 21, 2020, two supporters were driving up the Morice West Forest service road and pulled over by RCMP. The RCMP officer, J. Taylor, turned on his light for the supporter vehicle to pull over, before they had even passed them. The RCMP asked for license and registration. He asked where the supporters were going, checked the driver’s information and then tried to escort them up the road for “safety” because the vehicle did not have a radio. The supporters declined.

The RCMP’s unlawful presence on Wet’suwet’en land is as strong as it has been since the raids began on February 6th, 2020. They have not withdrawn.

OUR DEMANDS:
-We demand that the remote detachment (Community Industry Safety Office) established by the RCMP on Wet’suwet’en territory without our consent be immediately removed and that the RCMP are completely removed from our territory and cease patrols from our lands. Out means out.
-We demand that all CGL activities cease within Wet’suwet’en territory while nation-to-nation talks are ongoing as pursuant to the eviction notice that was delivered to them on January 4th, 2020.
-We commit to entering into nation to nation discussions with Canada and BC once the above two demands are met.

The Mohawk people of Tyendinaga are standing in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en people until our demands are met.

#RECONCILIATIONISDEAD #WETSUWETENSTRONG #UNISTOTEN
Supporter toolkit: http://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit2020/

Legal fund: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/unistoten2020legalfund

Mohawk lawyer says blockade not breaching court injunction

Seventy-nine-year-old elder, identified only as George, sits by the fire at a demonstration by Mohawk members in Tyendinaga. George has been at the blockade near CN Railway tracks since it began February 6. ALEX FILIPE JPG, BI

Tyendinaga Mohawks said in social media interviews posted on YouTube they don’t believe they are breaching a court injunction served Tuesday by a sheriff that asks the demonstrators to cease and desist to allow the CN railway to open once again.

The demonstration east of Shannonville continued into its eighth day in support of the Wet’suwet’en First Nations efforts to stop a $6.6 billion Coastal Gaslink pipeline on their lands in northern British Columbia.

In the video, the local Mohawk’s contingent staging a demonstration along the CN Railway tracks at Wyman Road level crossing, said the injunction states there should be no “damage to the tracks or the mechanisms.”

Nothing is damaged, nothing is blocked,” said the demonstrators who have declined to speak to mainstream media at the site since the political action started Feb. 6, including The Intelligencer.

The demonstration has forced Canadian National Rail and Via Rail to cancel hundreds of trains from travelling along the busiest railway corridor in the country.

In a statement Thursday, Via Rail said it is “cancelling all departures until Friday February 14 end of day on the Montreal-Toronto and Toronto-Ottawa routes in both directions.”

As of 1:30 p.m. on February 12, 256 trains have been cancelled and at least 42,100 passengers have been affected. On the Prince Rupert-Prince Georges route, 30 passengers have been impacted,” Via commented in a statement e-mailed to The Intelligencer.

At the railway crossing in question east of Shannonville, Stephen John Ford, a lawyer and member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, said in a Youtube video he reviewed the court injunction filed by CN and said “from what I can tell here, there is nothing that seems on its face to violate the injunction.”

What they’re [CN] saying is that there can be no obstruction of the tracks or any damage to any of their equipment including the tracks, switches or signals or of that nature,” Ford said.

Other than the fact that there may be some people standing and being within the boundaries of the right-of-way claimed by CN, there is nothing that would violate in my view the injunction,” he said.

This may well indeed be the galvanizing issue that brings First Nations people together in a common cause against the colonization that they suffered under for the last 152 years in this country,” he said.

Support is always warranted, however, there are laws in this country. We don’t want to see people jailed,” Ford said. “And I think the Wet’suewt’en lead is the one to follow, peacefully. Peaceful resistance is the way to go. That’s what I see here.”

In a separate video, a local Mohawk resident noted the First Nations never ceded the land to Canadian National Railway and suggested the railway firm should be paying some kind of toll to Tyendinaga Mohawks for its use.

Thursday marked one week since Mohawk demonstrators occupied space beside a CN railway in Tyendinaga. As some members sat around a fire, others brought fresh firewood to keep them warm as Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold weather warning for Southern Ontario.

Wind chills near -31 were expected to begin overnight and continue on into Friday.

“We are looking at some very cold conditions throughout today and especially tonight and early Friday morning,” explained meteorologist Gerald Cheng from Environment Canada. “We are talking about windchill values reaching -31 overnight. And as people wake up early tomorrow morning, that is the kind of same windchill we are looking at.”

“When we are talking about windchill values of -21 and even lower, there is a risk to exposed skin possibly freezing in 10 to 30 minutes,” explained Cheng. “So in these conditions, we certainly advise people to dress warmly. Cover your fingers, hands, feet and even face so that your skin is not exposed for an extended period of time.”

“Certainly there is a high risk of frostbite and hypothermia as well if you’re outside for long periods of time without adequate clothing,” said Cheng. SOURCE