August 2020

Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

Monday, February 10, 2020

MONDAY: RCMP Arresting Matriarchs


Unist'ot'en Camp Monday
Unist'ot'en Camp Armed RCMP invaded sovereign Unist’ot’en Territory today to enforce CGL injunction. Seven arrests incl Unist'ot'en Matriarchs Freda Huson (Chief Howihkat), Brenda Michell (Chief Geltiy), Dr. Karla Taiit.
Spirit fire outside Healing Centre still burning. Occupants can't leave the building, unsure how long it will last. Excavator on the bridge.

Unist'ot'en Camp 9:38 am - 11 tactical at end of driveway of Healing Centre, 7 on hill. 2 canine units. DLTs hovering around ceremonial bell structure filming. 9:32 am - Several assault rifles spotted pointed at Healing Centre. K9 units. Sounds cannons. Handguns.

By Unist'ot'en Camp
Unist’ot’en Territory, Feb 10, 2020 – A convoy of armed RCMP tactical units has invaded sovereign and unceded Unist’ot’en Territory to enforce Coastal GasLink’s injunction. Our Unist’ot’en Matriarchs and lands defenders have been forcibly removed off their lands.
Unist’ot’en Matriarchs Freda Huson (Chief Howihkat), Brenda Michell (Chief Geltiy), and Dr. Karla Tait have been forcibly removed off our territories and arrested. Our matriarchs were arrested while holding a ceremony to call on our ancestors and to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. We, the Unist’ot’en, know that violence on our lands and violence on our women are connected. During ceremony, we hung red dresses to remember the spirits of the murdered women, girls and two spirit people taken from us. We were holding a cremation for the Canadian Indigenous Reconciliation industry as the RCMP battered through the gates. Land defenders, including Victoria Redsun (Denesuline), Autumn Walken (Nlaka’pamux), and Pocholo Alen Conception have also been arrested.
Unist’ot’en condemns these violent, colonial arrests and stark violations of Wet’suwet’en law, Canadian law, and of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). This is also a clear violation of the recent directive from the UN Committee on Racial Discrimination (CERD) requiring Canada to halt the Coastal GasLink pipeline project and withdraw RCMP from our territory in order to avoid further violations of Wet’suwet’en, constitutional, and international law.
We, as Wet’suwet’en, have never ceded our sovereign title and rights over the 22,000 square kilometers of our land, waters, and resources within our Yintah. Our ‘Anuc niwh’it’ën (Wet’suwet’en law) and feast governance systems remain intact and continue to govern our people and our lands. We recognize the authority of these systems. The Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs are the Title Holders, and maintain the authority and jurisdiction to make decisions on unceded lands.
Our Wet’suwet’en Territory is divided into 5 clans and 13 house groups. Each clan within the Wet’suwet’en Nation has full jurisdiction under our law to control access to their respective territories. We have governed ourselves sustainably since time immemorial. The Unist’ot’en (Dark House) is occupying and using our traditional territory as we have for centuries. Our homestead is a peaceful expression of our connection to our territory and demonstrates the continuous use and occupation of our territories in accordance with our governance structure. Our Unist’ot’en Yin’tah is a place of healing. It is home to Wet’suwet’en people seeking refuge from colonial trauma. People recovering from addiction. People reconnecting with the land.

We have the strength of our ancestors within us. We have the solidarity of our Indigenous relatives and allies with us. We have the power of people shutting down railways, highways, ports, and government offices all around this country. Thank you to people all around this planet making our struggle your struggle. The flames of resistance and the resurgence of Indigenous land reclamation give us strength. We know our neighbours and relatives are with us. We know the two-leggeds and the four-leggeds are watching over us. These arrests don’t intimidate us. Police enforcement doesn’t intimidate us. Colonial court orders don’t intimidate us. Men in suits and their money don’t intimidate us. We are still here. We will always be there. This is not over.

Ricochet media:

Israeli spy tower construction now destroying land on Tohono O'odham Nation

Ofelia Rivas, Tohono O'odham, at the staging area on the Tohono O'odham Nation, for the construction of the Integrated Fixed Towers, spy towers. U.S. Homeland Security gave the contract to the Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems.  The Tohono O'odham elected government approved the construction of the Israeli US spy towers in remote  Tohono O'odham communities.
Israeli spy tower construction is now destroying land on the Tohono O'odham Nation

Article and photos copyright Ofelia Rivas
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Feb. 9, 2020

O'odham VOICE Against the WALL with allies traveled on the eastern reservation lands to document the devastating destruction of O'odham lands.
The construction of the Integrated Fixed Towers has begun.
The U.S. Homeland Security gave the Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems -- responsible for Apartheid security in Palestine --  the contract to build spy towers here in O'odham communities on the Tohono O'odham Nation.
The Tohono O'odham government passed a resolution allowing this.
First, the Staging Site is where the contractors, Meridian Engineering of Tucson, Arizona occupies a large fenced up area to pile their supplies of various fencing material, heavy equipment, employees transport vans and water trucks.
The heavy equipment has scraped a road from a community road to the site. The wash area roads were reinforced with a concrete mix. Trees and cacti and all vegetation are piled near the staging site.
At the site near the O'odham holy lands of the Baboquvari mountain range another noticeable site is a portable tower site on the hills. The terrain of our homeland is forever altered.
The continuous attack on indigenous peoples in the United States,  first with outright killing us, and now it is this forced occupation with their military called the border patrols, ICE agents and Special Ops units and unchecked militia groups. 
International borders are now the testing grounds for new high tech surveillance equipment and new military vehicles. Sovereignty is just a word conveniently used by politicians.
Tohono O'odham Nation politicians are decades out of connection with the people they supposedly serve, and out of connection with the powerful cultural knowledge of the O'odham and the lands now begin destroyed by their neglect.
This will be forever their legacy throughout O'odham history. The policymaking, legislative making and authority lay at their idle hands.
They have given their authority away for a few dollars. Where are the dollars to restore the mountains and hills that are destroyed, to restore the waterways, devastated communities by flooding, to restore the wildlife of javelina, deer, bighorn sheep and mountain lions and all plants and animals already relocated or outright wiped out by the destruction.

Read more about the spy towers targeting O'odham communities:

Meridian Engineering: Posted in a public place as this staging destroys Tohono O'odham land, in preparation for Israeli spy towers.

Wet'suwet'en Allies block rails after 30 plus arrested at Vancouver ports


Monday evening
Feb. 10, 2020
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UNCEDED SQUAMISH, TSLEIL-WAUTUTH, MUSQUEAM TERRITORIES: At 3:00 PM on February 10th 2020, Wet'suwet'en supporters allies started taking action to block railroad traffic.



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Wet'suwet'en Raid and Injunctions Expected Monday Feb. 10, 2020

MONDAY FEB. 10, 2020 -- Breaking news now! 
Arrests underway go to: ASSAULT RIFLES, DOGS, SOUND CANNONS -- Unist'ot'en Camp 9:38 am - 11 tactical at end of driveway of Healing Centre, 7 on hill. 2 canine units. DLTs hovering around ceremonial bell structure filming. 9:32 am - Several assault rifles spotted pointed at Healing Centre. K9 units. Sounds cannons. Handguns.
Unist'ot'en Camp: 8:54 am - RCMP at #Unistoten gate, holding large piece of equipment. Matriarchs calling ancestors. 9:11 am - More RCMP officers crouching behind snowbank, hiding from view. 2 high visibility and one in red plaid. 2 helicopter dropoffs at the top of the hill so far. 9:09 am - Ravens flying above the officers. They are Oyate, Karla Tait's daughter, in spirit form. She told us they would be with us. She is 5 years old Unist'ot'en.

Monday morning 7 am local time: Arrests at Port of Vancouver underway. Sixteen RCMP vehicles headed to Unist'ot'en.

Port of Vancouver photo Ricochet 

(Video) Our Tsakiy’ze (female hereditary chiefs) speaking today in Wet’suwet’en at the checkpoint at 4km on Laksilyu territory. They spoke calmly but these matriarchs are full of rage and sadness today.

Mohawks Stand Strong Regardless of Injunction and Halt Trains
Quinte News

Mohawks burn injunction and continue to halt trains

Mohawk women at Kahnawake went to the tracks on Saturday morning and began the train blockade there. Both passenger and freight trains travel through Mohawk land there, traveling between Montreal and the United States.


Censored News Breaking News 
Monday, Feb. 10

Ricochet media said just now on Twitter: "In an email to media, the RCMP announced they will raid #Unistoten tomorrow after 6 AM PT. Follow journalists @photobracken and @amandajfollett reporting from inside police lines, and we’ll update throughout. @GitxsanJt is in Prince Rupert, and can’t be there tomorrow. #bcpoli ... An injunction has been served on the blockade of Vancouver’s port. Canada’s busiest, it has been blocked for days. A police raid could come late tonight, or early tomorrow. We have a journalist heading to the scene right now. Updates to come. #bcpoli #Wetsuweten

Vancouver and Delta Ports: An injunction was served today to peaceful demonstrators standing in solidarity with #Wetsuweten land defenders and hereditary chiefs at the Vancouver and Delta ports. Vancouver and Delta Ports -- All allies are asked to come down to the ports at 5 am.


#Unistoten women hold a ceremony honouring their missing and murdered Indigenous sisters and inviting their spirits to stand with them against the same RCMP who denied them justice. #WetsuwetenStrong #MMIWG #ShutDownCanada

It takes a whole convoy of militarized Canadian police to raid a small group of people in prayer. -- Wet'suwet'en Territory, Sunday evening.
Monday: Three Developments

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