The Ecology Action Centre would like to express our support for the Wet’suet’en Nation, and the Gidimt’en clan and Unist'ot'en camp, specifically, who are standing against oil and gas infrastructure in their lands. They are exercising their right to control access to their territory, as set out in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).
Article 26, subsection 2, states:
“Indigenous Peoples have the right to own, use, develop and control the lands, territories and resources that they possess by reason of traditional ownership or other traditional occupation or use, as well as those which they have otherwise acquired.”
The Ecology Action Centre condemns the injunctions served against the Gidimt’en checkpoint and Unist'ot'en camp. Wet’suwet’en Hereditary House Chiefs have not provided free, prior, and informed consent to Coastal Gaslink (TransCanada) to do work on Wet’suwet’en lands. Provincial and federal governments do not have the authority to grant permits to industries with interest on Wet’suwet’en lands without the consent of the Hereditary Chiefs.
Therefore, we call on the Federal Government and the BC Government to respect the Indigenous laws and title of the Wet’suwe’ten, to revoke development permits that have been issued to Coastal Gaslink, and to nullify the injunctions that have been served against the Gidimt’en checkpoint and Unist'ot'en camp.
It is unacceptable for our governments to trample on Indigenous rights in the name of oil and gas development, in a time when we should instead be building true nation-to-nation relationships with Indigenous Nations and investing in real solutions to the escalating climate crisis.