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For five years now the Unist’ot’en Camp has been a bastion against the many fossil fuel pipelines proposed to cross the northern part of British Columbia. Each year we have grown in strength and reach. Last year, with the generous financial support of hundreds of people just like you, a secure Bunk House was constructed at the Camp. Sleeping as many as 20 people at a time, the bunk house has enabled activists to maintain a substantial presence at the Camp through all seasons.
Deep in the forest, surrounded by the rapid on-going destruction of ancient lands, there grows a powerful place of healing and decolonization. Despite what can often seem like a concerted effort to extinguish indigenous culture, the Unist’ot’en clan have built a place where anyone willing to refuse to destroy the land are welcome to join them in this healing. On the banks of the Wedzin Kwa, Wet’sewet’en people have reconnected with the land and with their ancient culture, and relationships have been built with peoples from other lands near and far.
“With the impacts of climate change and toxic dangers from industrial projects based on greed and selfishness we have always expressed our concern that this is not just a challenge that my people need to overcome but a challenge that faces all of humanity.” says Freda Huson, Spokesperson of the Unist’ot’en People. “Together we must make a collective effort to provide an outcome that will allow for our survival as humans. We need to decolonize and heal the planet because if we don’t, she will make us pay. That is why we are making a Healing Center on our lands. It will be a place for healing and decolonization.”
The Unist’ot’en Camp is a resistance community whose purpose is to protect sovereign Wet’suwet’en territory from several proposed pipelines from the Tar Sands Gigaproject and shale gas from Hydraulic Fracturing Projects in the Peace River Region.
Wet’suwet’en territory, which extends from Burns Lake to the Coastal Mountains, is sovereign territory which has never been ceded to the colonial Canadian state; the Wet’suwet’en are not under treaty with the Canadian government. Their territory, therefore, is and always will be free, and belongs to the Wet’suwet’en people alone.
Since July of 2010, the Wet’suwet’en have established a camp in the pathway of the Pacific Trails Pipeline. (more…)
It’s comes as no surprise that reams of paper are being wasted in various security offices around the world as the oil and gas companies make one last dying push against an increasingly informed and inspired populace. Due to the location of the Unist’ot’en Camp being in the path of several proposed pipelines, the Unist’ot’en and their allies have been mentioned numerous times in various security reports listing resistance to these projects.
The latest report, which was apparently leaked to one on the big green NGOs, makes reference to Unist’ot’en Camp again, attempting to alude to violent criminal intent.
As Unist’ot’en spokesperson Freda Huson states in the following article, the Camp is a peaceful act of reoccuying traditional lands, a place of healing and decolonization. The Unist’ot’en have never ceded their territory to the Canadian state, and as thus, any opposition to pipeline projects is a enforcement of Wet’suwet’en law over the illegal incursions of the oil and gas companies, not, as the RCMP is attempting to portray opposition these projects, ‘Violent Extremism’.
Unist’ot’en Camp recieved a visit this year from AJ+, a new internet-based video news service from Al Jazeera. The resulting video received hundreds of thousands of views, and went viral on social media after being reposted by Upworthy.com.
AJ+ has exploded onto the scene with signifigant popularity, due in no small part to the work of videographers such as Frankin Lopez and Micheal Toledo.
Unist’ot’en Camp is humbled and honoured to be listed among AJ+’s Top 5 heroes of 2014.