Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

February 17, 2020

Shut Down Canada -- Prime Minister meeting today to address rail blockade

Breaking News Monday: Thousand Islanda Bridge Closed to United States, in Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en More here.

Tyendinaga Mohawk rail blockade

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News
Monday, Feb. 17, 2020

Prime Minister Trudeau met Monday morning, to address rail blockade and Shut Down Canada. Trudeau canceled a trip to Barbados, part of his ongoing global lobbying for Canada to have a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

After the meeting, Trudeau said, “I understand how worrisome this is for so many Canadians,” said Justin Trudeau after his meeting about the protests and blockades. “We are going to continue to focus on resolving this situation quickly and peacefully.”

Earlier, a press release stated, "Following the government’s ongoing efforts to address infrastructure disruptions across the country, the Prime Minister will convene on Feb. 17 tomorrow to discuss steps forward. Our priority remains the safety and security of all Canadians and the swift resolution of this issue. To restore service across the rail system in accordance with the law."

The Incident Response Group is an emergency committee that convenes in the event of a national crisis. PM Pierre Trudeau, Kristia Freeland Deputy PM, David Lametti Justice, Bill Blair Public Safety, Marc Garneau Transport, Marc Miller Indigenous Affairs, Carolyn Bennett Crown Indigenous Relations to brief them on the Saturday meeting in kentekeh. Attendees were sworn to secrecy. Chief Woos of sewetsuweten phoned into the meeting.

Read more.

Meanwhile, CBC news in Canada published information from leaked audio of the Tyendinaga Mohawks closed meeting with the Indigenous Services Minister.

CBC said, "In the midst of Saturday's meeting, Wet'suwet'en hereditary Chief Woos, who also goes by the name of Frank Alec, was patched through on a speakerphone. He told the room that the RCMP was still on his territory.

'I would suggest to you loud and clear that we want the RCMP out of Gidimt'en territory," said Woos. An audio recording of part of the meeting was leaked to CBC News by a source who attended."
Read more at CBC.

On The Red Nation podcast, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Karla Tait Gilseyhu Clan of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation said, “If anyone has anything to prove, it’s Canada. These lands are ours, and we don’t need to back down.”
Listen here.

Rail blockades increased over the weekend. Protectors blocked the railway in Saint-Pascal At around 11 a.m., the group erected a snow mound and placed traffic cones on the railway tracks to prevent the trains from passing. The protectors did not give a media interview. 
Article in French.
Saint Pascal rail blockade

Land Protectors Blocked International Bridge at Niagra Falls on Sunday  

Hundreds blocked entry to the United States in support of Wet'suwet'en

Trains blocked in Seattle in Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en

Trains were blocked in Seattle on Sunday, until police threatened land protectors with arrest.

Reconciliation Is Dead. Revolution is Unist'ot'en Camp

Canada invades. Invades on behalf of industry. Invades during ceremony. Canada tears us from our land. Tears us from our families, from our homes. Takes our drums away. Takes our women away. Jails us for protecting the land, for being in ceremony, for honouring our ancestors.

On February 10, RCMP invaded unceded Unist’ot’en territory, arresting and forcibly removing Freda Huson (Chief Howilhkat), Brenda Michell (Chief Geltiy), Dr. Karla Tait, and four Indigenous land defenders from our yintah. They were arrested in the middle of a ceremony to honour the ancestors. Police tore down the red dresses that were hung to hold the spirits of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two spirit people. They extinguished our sacred fire.

We have had enough. Enough dialogue, discussion, negotiation at the barrel of a gun. Canada comes to colonize. Reconciliation is dead.

It is time to fight for our land, our lives, our children, our future.
Revolution lives.

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