Wet’suwet’en Statement

On February 6th the RCMP started to forcefully dismantle 10 year old peace camps and restrict the access of journalists

Official Statement from One Dish, One Mic:

Updated February 9th.

 

1. One Dish, One Mic condemns the actions of the Crown for its failure to respect the will of the Wet’suwet’en title holders by using hostile force to invade their territory. 

 

On February 6th, 2020, under the cover of darkness, the RCMP started to dismantle peaceful camps of supporters of the Wet’suwet’en and arrested several people. The active invasion of camps occupied by supporters of a government that is thousands of years old by a government that is several decades old is a shameful continuation of the colonial and racist legacy of the Crown’s material self interest. We condemn this invasion and consider it illegal, unethical, and fundamentally destructive to the interests of Crown and Indigenous relations.

2. One Dish, One Mic calls upon St Catharines MP Chris Bittle, and MP Vance Badaway as Niagara members of the ruling government to publicly condemn the unethical raids and support deep and meaningful dialogue with the title holders in Wet’suwet’en territory who have been offering a peaceful solution for over 10 years.

 

 

Canada must respect the wishes of the traditional title holders in Wet’suwet’en territory. One Dish, One Mic supports the Five Clan Families as the true trustees of the territory and condemn the actions of the Canadian government, it’s courts, and it’s paramilitary police agents. Canada is effectively lawless when it comes to the treatment of Indigenous people when it acts in the way it is acting in this traditional Indigenous territory. The honour of the Crown requires Canada to follow the principles of Peace, Respect, and Friendship it bound itself to when it was granted legal life at the Treaty of Niagara in 1764. Failure to do so delegitimizes the Nation State of Canada.

We specifically expect MP Bittle, and MP Badaway to explain why the Prime Minister is:

  • Allowing the Federal and National Police Service to subsidize multi-billion dollar corporations by acting as their enforcement arm
  • Allowing the Federal and National Police service to continue to use paramilitary levels of force, including the authorization of lethal force, and authorization to arrest children and elders in unceded traditional Indigenous territory
  • Not intervening in the destruction of artifacts, culturally and spiritually significant items, and grave sites that potentially exist on the trail the Wet’suwet’en are protecting
  • Ignoring the hereditary leaders of this territory and others and continuing to pretend non-Indian Act governments don’t exist
  • Not exploring any path to reconcile the ancestral rights of the Wet’suwet’en leaders outside of forcing them to come up with millions of dollars to fight within a Canadian court system that has limited ability to handle of scope and complexities of Indigenous title claims

 

3. One Dish, One Mic as a member of the media demands that the Crown and the Federal and National Police Service change any policy that allows a journalist to be threatened with arrest in the course of their work by the Crown’s Federal and National Police Service.

 

On the morning of February 6th, 2020, the RCMP detained two journalists, and threatened another journalist with arrest on the traditional Indigenous territory of the Wet’suwet’en people. This fundamental disregard of freedom illustrates the danger of a state that puts material interests over the interests of fairness such as press freedom and Indigenous sovereignty. Freedom of the press is a fundamental right of a modern and free nation state and the discretionary use of exclusion zones to limit free documentation of accredited journalists and photographers is deeply problematic.

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