Wet’suwet’en Solidarity in Sudbury


Take Action In Greater Sudbury:

Sign this petition and statement of solidarity to be sent to local banks in the Greater Sudbury R (RBC, TD, & CIBC)!

Defund the Coastal GasLink

Hi There

I’m a resident of the City of Greater Sudbury.

I am demanding you take immediate action to Defund Coastal GasLink! I condemn the recent militarized RCMP raids on Gidimt’en clan territory against the Wet’suwet’en land defenders who are protesting Coastal GasLink’s incursion into their lands, I call on the RCMP to stand down, and for the pipeline construction to cease immediately until full consent from all the Wet’suwet’en peoples have been obtained.

As a resident of Sudbury, also known as N’Swakamok in Anishnabemowin, “Where the three roads meet”. In the Robinson-Huron Treaty territory on the traditional lands of the Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and the Wahnapitae First Nation. I am standing in solidarity with all those who are fighting to end injustice in all its forms without hesitation, we are responding to the call to action from Gidimt’en Checkpoint to stand in solidarity and support Indigenous land defenders.
The Coastal GasLink pipeline is being routed through territories that have never been ceded to Canada by the 5 clans that make up the Wet’suwet’en people. This ancestral territory that is not covered under any treaty, and the continued encroachment on the sovereign territory of the Wet’suwet’en people is in direct violation of both law, and the spirit of reconciliation that is espoused by the Government of Canada.

In 2021 we marked the first National Day of Reconciliation, we uncovered hundreds of unmarked graves at residential schools, and we saw BC ravaged by wildfires, the catastrophic results of climate change. In this context, the Canadian Government’s actions against the Wet’suwet’en land defenders as they oppose the Coastal GasLink Pipeline are unconscionable. We call on all settler peoples in Canada to condemn the continued construction of the pipeline and to stand in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en people. End the violence against Land Defenders and make immediate restorative amends in reconciliation.

“Reconciliation isn’t financing a project that’s destroying our land, without our consent. Coastal GasLink has not engaged in respectful consultation with us. Backing this project implicates investors in perpetuating violence to our land and on my people,” says Molly Wickham, Gidimt’en, Wet’suwet’en Nation, Hereditary name Sleydo’. “If investors are serious about their commitments to social responsibility and racial justice, they must commit to not financing projects that threaten Wet’suwet’en sovereignty, violate our land and sacrifice our future. Otherwise, when companies talk of reconciliation, it’s just empty promises — and we’ve had more than enough of those already.”

I hope you will take immediate action and do what is right, protecting Land Defenders, and investing in appropriate reconciliation.

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The Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders resisting Coastal GasLink have identified 3 ways in which you can provide support:

  • Express your outrage! Gidimt’en Checkpoint is calling for political pressure on BC Attorney General David Eby, BC Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, and Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino.
  • Move some money to the Wet’suwet’en Land Defenders legal fund.
  • Amplify land defenders’ voices and respond to their calls to action. Follow @Yintah_Access on Instagram, @WetsuwetenStrong on Facebook, and @Gidimten on Twitter.

Go to yintahaccess.com to learn more about how to take action and spread the word. #ShutDownCanada #AllOutForWedzinkwa #WetsuwetenStrong

Over the past year, major banks RBC and Chase and private equity giant KKR have ignored countless requests to meet with communities impacted by the fossil fuel projects that the company is funding. These companies are bankrolling Wet’suwet’en people being removed at gunpoint from their land. We refuse to let these pipeline financiers get away with it. December 20th Indigenous land defenders are calling for a week of action calling out the corporate giants behind Coastal GasLink. 

The Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre is a small non-profit organization made up of workers, students and community volunteers dedicated to improving the lives and working conditions of people in low-wage and unstable, precarious employment. Our mandate includes the responsibility of standing in solidarity with all those who are fighting to end injustice in all its forms. Without hesitation, we are responding to the call to action from Gidimt’en Checkpoint to stand in solidarity and support Indigenous land defenders.

Join us on Wednesday, December 21, 2021, for a half-hour of action to raise awareness in Sudbury about what is happening in BC.
Outside of RBC on Durham st (We will be gathering around the front doors of the bank at 1 PM). 
*Due to COVID regulations, we will be following protocols: Restricting this event to a shorter time, masks will be work and social distancing will be practiced.* 
We will be handing out pamphlets and singing chants and songs about the injustice.

Can you join me? Click here for details and to RSVP: 

https://actionnetwork.org/events/info-handout-sing-a-long?source=email&

You can also sign the petition to send to local banks in Sudbury!