Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

February 21, 2020

Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs Resolute as Trudeau Raids Rail Blockade

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TYENDINAGA: Mohawk leader Kanenhariyo and Wet'suwet'en Chief Woos Frank Alec showing the alliance between two nations at the Tyendinaga Press Conference on Feb 21st.
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TYENDINAGA: Joint Wet'suwet'en -Mohawk Press Conference, Feb 21.
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Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs Remain Resolute Against RCMP Occupation of Yintah while Prime Minister Trudeau states "the injuctions must be obeyed and barricades must come down."

Note: This statement comes after Trudeau's announcement Friday afternoon that all rail blockades must come down now. A SWAT team was dispatched to the rail blockade at St. Lambert in south Montreal. Then, about 10 pm, rail blockaders said a line of police were approaching, and then, "It's all over for now." Rail blockades continue throughout Canada.  -- Censored News

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[Feb 21] Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs remain resolute in demanding the full retreat of RCMP from their traditional territory (Yintah) this hour, as the Prime Minister (PM) shifts towards enforcement.

Conceding to the concerns of industry, the PM stated in a press conference this afternoon that "we have reached the limit of what we can do 'unilaterally' as the Federal Government, and now it is up to indigenous leaders to find solutions to continue on the path of reconciliation."

In response, Wet'suwet'en Chiefs in conjunction with Mohawk leaders held their own press conference this afternoon. Chief Woos Frank Alec stated the Mohawks and the Wet'suwet'en stand united as human rights abuses continue in the yintah, confirming an increased presence of RCMP in the territory contrary to the claims by the BC RCMP.

"There is a difference between inconvenience and injustice," Chief Woos said, in response to Trudeau's repeated claims of "unilateralism." Mohawk Bear Clan leader Kanenhariyo added the rail blockades were a consequence of "invading territories that are not under the dominion of Canada."

When asked about Trudeau's statements of one-sided negotiations, Wet'suwet'en Chiefs responded "the one-sidedness began with Confederation. All of the things that are going on today have been one sided... [including] the consultation process...and environmental regulations... Their outcomes have always been predetermined. When Prime Minister Trudeau is speaking about a one-sided dialogue, he better look at the way they've been treating the aboriginal people ever since Confederation.

Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs continue to call on the solidarity indigenous and non-indigenous allies, with blockades continuing across the territory this hour.

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