Where we are coming from:
We are working from the basis that resource extraction is destroying the land as well as our ability, and that of future generations’, to live. This way of relating to the land is rooted in settler colonialism and the myths of the state and capitalist economy. We believe it is essential to understand our resistance not simply in the context of protecting the environment, but in an interconnected way that centers Indigenous sovereignty over unceded territories in order for effective resistance, as well as the creation of future relationships with land and peoples to occur.
The Unis’tot’en Action Camp
The Unist’ot’en Camp is a resistance community created to ensure that no pipelines will ever cross Wet’suwe’ten traditional territory. They act to protect the land and the increasingly unstable climate in order to do what is best for future generations.
Unist’ot’en Camp is looking for volunteers to help construct pithouses and install interconnected permaculture gardens in the territory at our Spring Camp. The Spring Camp is for 3 weeks and the dates are May 6-24, 2013.
Teach-In April 28th on Lekwungen and Wsanec Territories:
A collective of organizers are working with the VIPIRG working group No Pipelines! on an all-day decolonization Teach-In. This Teach-In is intended to prepare and strategize settler resistance to colonialism from “right here, right now” on the Lekwungen and Wsanec territories, to the Unis’tot’en resistance against pipeline construction and resource extraction on Wet’suwe’ten territories.
On April 28th Hereditary Chief Toghestiy of the Likhsts’amisyu Clan, Unis’tot’en Spokesperson Freda Huson, and Warrior and Teacher Mel Bazil of the Gitimt’en Clan will be joining us for this event and will share with us their stories of resistance and resilience.
Ultimately we seek to increase the capacity of settler organizers and local First Nations to work together on regional issues, as well as to support the Unis’tot’en and others. We hope to enable critical networking across these communities, which may establish stronger relationships based on trust. We hope that by organizing this Teach-In, we are taking a critical step towards accountable organizing.