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It has been one hell of a week. As I’m writing this, heavily armed RCMP officers are into their second day of raids trying to evict members of the Wet'suwet'en nation and their allies from peaceful land defense camps in Northern BC.1
At the same time, the Alberta government is ramping up pressure on politicians in Ottawa to convince them to greenlight the Teck Frontier Mine – the largest tar sands mine ever proposed.
And, on top of it all, on Tuesday, the Federal Court of Appeals dismissed a suite of Indigenous court challenges to stop the TransMountain pipeline.2
It’s moments like this where it feels like Big Oil is too powerful to take on, that politicians just don’t get the scale of the climate crisis. And, as Reuben George of the Tsleil Waututh Nation said on Tuesday, it feels like reconciliation has stopped dead in its tracks.3
But, despite all this, I still have so much hope.
In the day since the RCMP began their raids in Wet'suwet'en lands, thousands of people have taken to the streets to shut business as usual down. Indigenous youth and their allies have occupied political offices from Victoria to Winnipeg to Halifax, trains and highways have been blockaded, and thousands of people are preparing for more solidarity actions.
Here is how you can take action in solidarity with land defenders on Wet’suwet’en territories:
Indigenous-led opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline – which has nearly tripled in cost since it was purchased by Trudeau’s government – remains strong as well. Donate to the fight to stop TransMountain here.
As for the Teck Frontier mine, we’re hearing that Justin Trudeau is facing massive pressure from inside and outside his own party to reject the project.4
This is good news, but since we don’t have the kind of money that Jason Kenney and his fossil fuel billionaire friends do, we need to keep turning up the pressure. Hundreds of people have already signed up to remind Justin Trudeau and his cabinet of the real, moral consequences of their decision on the Teck mine. Sign up to help stop this massive carbon bomb.
Right now, thousands of people all across Canada are writing history. They are rising up to seize power from the fossil fuel industry. It’s up to all of us to make sure we will live to be proud of the part that we played in this moment.
1 - People at Wet'suwet'en checkpoint await next wave of RCMP injunctio...
2 - In a major victory for Trans Mountain, Federal Court dismisses Indigenous appeal of project's approval
3 - Tsleil-Waututh Nation considering appeal to Federal Court of Appeal decision on Trans Mountain pipeline
4 - Liberal MPs Urge Trudeau To Reject Massive Alberta Oilsands Mine
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