SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Letter of Support of the Unist’ot’en Camp
March 4, 2019.
The Vancouver Secondary Teachers Association (VSTA) is writing in support of the Unist’ot’en Camp near Houston, BC. We are concerned about the unjust treatment of the Wet’suwet’en people by the Federal Government’s use of the RCMP to forcibly remove them from their unceded and traditional lands. The Provincial Government of British Columbia, as well as the Federal Government have both committed to uphold the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Article 8.2.b of the Declaration states that “States shall provide effective mechanisms for prevention of, and redress for any action which has the aim or effect of dispossessing them of their lands, territories or resources.” The treatment of the Wet’suwet’en people is in direct contradiction to the aforementioned article.
Canada has made a solemn commitment to reconciliation and as Public School teachers, in light of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, we have been tasked and honoured with the duty of working towards building relationships between settlers and Indigenous people. The only way that our nation will ever be able to achieve true reconciliation is by treating all Indigenous peoples with respect, which includes respecting their rightful claim to protect their territory. We call upon your government to its promise and commitment to the TRB Calls to Action as well as the United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
cc: Premier John Horgan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Coastal GasLink, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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Websites, news articles, and videos
- Unist’ot’en Camp Website
- Sign up for the Unist’ot’en Camp Newsletter
- Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolkit 2020 (including many links and news articles)
- Gidimt’en Yintah Access Website
- Video explaining Wet’suwet’en governance and why the Hereditary Chiefs oppose pipelines
- Film “Invasion”
- APTN (Aboriginal Peoples’ Television Network) News focus on Wet’suwet’en “The Wet’suwet’en Conflict”
News from independent media:
- Video – DemocracyNow! interview with Molly Wickham and Pam Palmater
- Article – The Narwhal: “Industry, government pushed to abolish Aboriginal title at issue in Wet’suwet’en stand-off, docs reveal”
- Article – The Guardian: “Exclusive: Canada police prepared to shoot Indigenous activists, documents show”