Oct 14, 2020
Oct 14, 2020
Wet’suwet’en Call for Justice; and has anything changed since Oka?
Speakers: Chief Adam Gagnon (Dsya’hyl) respected chief of the Likhts’amisyu, Wet’suwet’en Nation, and Donna Sinclair, author and journalist, North Bay.
The Wet’suwet’en, led by their hereditary chiefs, have stood against the CGL pipeline’s incursion into their territory for many years. In 2019 the pipeline owners obtained an injunction that led to the harsh removal of land defenders from their territory by the RCMP. In spite of incomplete environmental mitigation by CGL, and a pandemic, construction continues. This is a way-too-familiar story across Canada. Indigenous resistance stands in the way of planet-damaging industrial encroachment — logging, for instance (Barriere Lake and Grassy Narrows) or massive dams (Muskrat Falls) or fracking ( New Brunswick).
This is part 1 of a three-part webinar series that is hosted by the Indigenous Solidarity Team of the North Bay and Area Mission Cluster, United Church of Canada. The series is called Wet’suwet’en Witness: Making the justice connections with Northern Ontario — Indigenous land rights, Indigenous women and the environment. Each event lasts one hour.
For all of us who feel called to live with respect in Creation, here is an invitation to hear from people who are doing so with all their strength. Our guests are people from Canada and Northern Ontario who are passionately caring for sacred land and people who defend it. (If you’ve never sat in on a conversation by Zoom, don’t worry. It’s easy.) The series is called Wet’suwet’en Witness: Making the justice connections with Northern Ontario — Indigenous land rights, Indigenous women and the environment. Each event lasts one hour and is free of charge. Registration is required (see below for how to do that). And even if you are not from Northern Ontario… we’re sure you will still find this interesting and full of application for your context.