Welcome to the Canadian Rebellion of 2020, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan

Three of the Wet'suwet'en women arrested today at the Unist'ot'en camp—Freda Huson, Brenda Michell, and Victoria Redsun—have been freed from custody.

Three of the Wet’suwet’en women arrested today at the Unist’ot’en camp—Freda Huson, Brenda Michell, and Victoria Redsun—have been freed from custody. UNIST’OT’EN CAMP

This evening, the RCMP issued yet another news release suggesting that the situation in northern B.C. is under control.

Seven people were arrested at the Unist’ot’en camp at the 66-kilometre point on the Morice West Forest Service Road.

In Metro Vancouver, another 57 people were arrested today following shutdowns at Port of Vancouver operations in Vancouver and Delta.

Meanwhile, a large group of demonstrators has gathered at the B.C. legislature in advance of tomorrow’s speech from the throne.

And another group blocked a railway in Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood going into the Port of Vancouver.

Dani Aiello@dani_elaaiello

Main and Hastings is NOT our final destination. There are bigger plans in the works. Stay tuned.

Dani Aiello@dani_elaaiello

Now taking over the train tracks and Venables and Glen. Another economic disruption. No injunction here. Come join!

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Just don’t call them protesters. They prefer the term “land defenders”.

That’s because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier John Horgan were so dim-witted as to think their governments could give the green light to a natural gas pipeline across unceded Wet’suwet’en traditional territory without triggering a popular rebellion.

The hereditary chiefs had already gone to the Supreme Court of Canada more than two decades ago to establish that their Aboriginal title existed. And they had kiboshed two other proposed pipelines across their territory.

Did Trudeau and Horgan seriously believe that the latest one by Coastal GasLink would be built to fuel their $40-billion LNG fossil-fueled pipedream?

Of course, mainstream media outlets aren’t using the term “Canadian Rebellion” yet.

But what other words can describe a movement that has shut down railways in different cities, closed the country’s biggest port for several days, and blocked traffic on highways and bridges, including the two crossings that connect Victoria with the suburb of Esquimalt?

Jess Housty@jesshousty

If you can’t show up in Bella Bella ro support everyone gathered here, find a local action, organize a local action, read the supporter toolkit, make a donation, make your mark. Haíɫzaqv women continue to hold it down for our Wet’suwet’en relatives. http://unistoten.camp/supportertoolkit/ 

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“I am very satisfied that this operation was conducted safely and there were no injuries sustained by anyone,” RCMP senior commander David Attfield said in the news release. “This was a very challenging situation, and I am proud of the professionalism displayed by our members.”

It reminds me of former U.S. president George W. Bush’s flying onto an aircraft carrier early in the Iraq war on May 1, 2003, and delivering a boisterous speech to the troops under the banner “Mission Accomplished”.

That military conflict dragged on for several more years.

Dani Aiello@dani_elaaiello

Respect. ✊🏼✨🔥 https://twitter.com/jorgebarrera/status/1227035011787972608 

Jorge Barrera @JorgeBarrera

Mohawks prepare to enter 6th day of railway shutdown in support of Wet’suwet’enhttps://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/tyendinaga-mohawks-wet-suwet-en-rail-shutdown-1.5458980 

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Similarly, the dispute over the Coastal GasLink pipeline is far from over in Canada. And anyone who believes that major enforcement operations have ended in connection with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs’ grievances is kidding themselves.

For proof, all they have to do is watch what happens on Tuesday (February 11) when B.C. legislature begins its spring sitting.

Or when the Lions Gate Bridge and Ironworkers Memorial Second Narrows Crossing are shut down.

We can all expect a fair amount of chaos for a while.

Trudeau and Horgan aren’t helping matters by their constant harping about their determination to address the climate crisis and their respect for Indigenous rights. That only enrages people even more every time these politicians’ actions say the opposite.

Today, Mounties arrested Unist’ot’en women deep on their unceded traditional territory as they were holding a ceremony honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women.

The police action has turned Freda Huson, Karla Tait, Brenda Michell, Victoria Redsun, and Autumn Walken—along with ally Pocholo Alen Conception—into folk heroes for Indigenous people and other supporters of Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs across Canada.

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The hashtag #WetsuwetenStrong now routinely appears alongside such hashtags as #AllEyesOnWetsuweten, #ReconciliationIsDead, and #thetimeisnow.

Most ominously for those who make their living on Bay Street, #WetsuwetenStrong is increasingly showing up alongside another hashtag: #ShutDownCanada.

This is what Trudeau and Horgan have created by failing to fully consider how much support Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs could muster in their struggle to maintain their infrastructure—the land—that has nourished their people for thousands of years.

Now, Canadians are going to have to get used to regular disturbances to their infrastructure in the rest of Canada.

That’s Trudeau’s legacy. That’s Horgan’s legacy. That’s their rebellion.

Te Ara Whatu@TeAraWhatu

Yesturday Te Ara Whatu and allies stood in support of Wet’suwet’en outside the Canadian Consulate. We absolutely denounce all ongoing violence towards land protectors & send our prayers to those on the frontlines

Full press release here: https://bit.ly/2OJunuZ 

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Judy Wilson’s Message for Canadians: ‘The Land Defenders Are Doing This for Everybody’

RCMP raids in Wet’suwet’en territory can’t bring justice, reconciliation or a better future, Neskonlith chief says.

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Chief Judy Wilson: ‘We have to change to ensure that our young people have a future. That’s what the Indigenous land defenders are talking about when they say we need to protect the land and the water.’ Photo by Zoë Ducklow.

What are your thoughts on how governments are responding to the RCMP action in the Wet’suwet’en territory?

I was just reading Premier [John] Horgan’s response to the Unist’ot’en, and I think he was trying to stay on the middle ground. He mentioned the bands who signed these agreements [to allow the pipeline], but to me, the issue is clearly about the hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs. They are the proper titleholders to their unceded territory, and they already made a decision. They said no pipelines in their territory.