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We have a federal paramilitary force, escorting a foreign fracking consortium, to build a taxpayer-subsidized pipeline, across unceded #Wetsuweten land, in the middle of a #climatecrisis and pandemic. Do politicians understand what a tinderbox they're playing with here? #bcpoli
Young people across Canada have lost their jobs. Cooped up for months. Watching insane police brutality against Black and Indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada. All the unrest that fed the #ShutDownCanada protests in February is still there – plus more.
With Canada preparing to celebrate its 153 anniversary – a date for many Indigenous people that marks 153 years of colonization and violence – the cops thought it was a good idea to bring assault rifles to patrol a salmon smokehouse?
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Look, I’m not saying this to be a fear mongerer or anything. I sincerely believe that the current UCP government is an active threat to democracy. What follows is a thread of why I believe that to be so. #abpoli #ableg
Let’s start with suppression. These are attempts to mitigate opposition to his regime #abpoli #ableg
Starting from before his premiership, @jkenney was in a bit of trouble. Reports of UCP members not recieving voter codes if they were in opposition to him began to crop up. RCMP investigate. #abpoli #ableg
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CALL TO ACTION. Call for ALL work to stop - as the Hereditary Chiefs have said “NOPIPELINES”. Yet, there it is: 48” pipe
The permits are NOT approved. They were supposed to only do “preliminary work”... however, CGL has been escorted in by @bcrcmp every day. Escorted in to destroy our unceded territories
When we stand up - mass forces are brought in, and guns pointed at us. There is little to no communication - and we have seen the misinformation being released
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Canadians, a few weeks ago, responding to #ShutDownCanada: all these Wet'suwet'en solidarity actions are inconvenient and hurting the economy. We can't just cancel everything to fix social problems.

Canadians, now, responding to #COVID19: #CancelEverythingNow #ShutDownCanada
Well, that hit a nerve. Here's a short thread explaining why, though the two things (#ShutDownCanada and #CancelEverythingow) are obviously different, the way Canadians are responding to them is telling about our priorities and political will to deal with pressing social problems
The divergent responses to #ShutDownCanada and #COVID19 "inconvenience" reveals an uncomfortable truth: settlers care more about themselves/their own prosperity rooted in ongoing colonization than improving relations with Indigenous peoples, the original stewards of these lands.
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People have been talking a lot about the 1990 "Oka" conflict in relation to #ShutDownCanada. As a historian who teaches a course on the event, it is clear to me that folks don't know how it all "ended," which is worrisome. Essentially, it was just a big, expensive show of force.
At the heart of the conflict was Mohawk control of unceded territory, similar to Wet'suwet'en demands. After 1990, that land was not, and has STILL not, been returned 30 years later.
The core issue, the root of the problem, has not been resolved and land fraud in the community is ONGOING. The Mohawks have lost MORE land since 1990. Mohawk spokesperson @EllenGabriel1 has been very clear about all this, but Canada isn't listening:…
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While I am pleased to see a limited form of nation-to-nation diplomacy taking place, instead of more force, I think the way this story is being reported leaves out a lot of important details. History shows that "agreements" are often used as a strategy to continue colonization.
I heard chief Woos on the radio this morning call the proposed agreement a "milestone" - that is quoted in the story above - and I was optimistic, though I'm always leery of media reporting. Then I saw @AylanX and others urge folks to watch the presser:…
After listening to the press conference, a different narrative emerges: cheif Woos' comments about this being a "milestone" agreement are in regards to big issues of rights + title; he calls it an "arrangement" + notes that "we'll see if it works." It will need nation approval.
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Winnipeg City Hall adult ally #ClimateStrike

Week 27

So this is my worst Strike selfie yet - accidental shot while struggling to hold the ph for the pic at which point my camera died ;)

#Wetsuweten shirt art credit @christibelcourt

Thread incoming, will be pauses while I type
Disclaimer - everything I say here has already said, by better writers (often Indigenous) & by more knowledgable ppl (often Indigenous).

None of this should be taken as my own original thoughts, tho is not the fault or deficiency of the original thinkers if I get anything wrong.
Hello World, we need to talk about Canada.

I'm doing this in the context of my #FridaysForFuture #ClimateStrike, because the Winnipeg youth Climate Strike group, @mbyouth4climate, has been very involved in #WetsuwetenSolidarity #ShutDownCanada actions.
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Hundreds of people surround #BCGov Ministry buildings in Victoria w/picket signs reading: #BCGovtShutDown & ‘Respect #Wetsuweten Sovereignty”

Indigenous youth & Wet'suwet'en supporters invite @bcgeu workers to stand in #WetsuwetenSolidarity!

@bcgeu @mikegraemephoto On the Facebook event page for #BCGovtShutdown for #WetsuwetenSolidarity, there are 1,100 people "going" and 1,900 people "interested" in today's call to action & message to the BC gov't - #NoMoreBusinessAsUsual!

📸Lauren Sortome
@bcgeu @mikegraemephoto #BCGovtShutDown: BC Gov't ministries picketed today from 8:00AM-12:00PM by people in #WetsuwetenSolidarity w/Hereditary Chiefs, in response to violations of Wet’suwet’en law, RCMP arrests of matriarchs, & continued violence on Wet’suwet’en Territories.

📸L. Sortome
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Here's recap from Tuesday's #ShutDownCanada action at the Ceres Terminal in #Halifax. Some of this hasn't been reported on. I was one of the few journalists still there when it ended (thread)
If you haven't heard about it:
-A group of Mi'kmaw people and allies blocked access to the terminal in solidarity with the #Wetsuwenten hereditary chiefs, who the RCMP are forcibly removing from their traditional territory for blocking the construction of a natural gas pipeline.
There were two blockade lines: one at the railroad tracks in front of the terminal gates (first pic), and one further up Baynes Road (below). Commercial vehicles weren't allowed into the terminal, but the group allowed civilians through. Transport trucks were lined up the road
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Meanwhile in Canada: Check out #Unistoten #Gidimten #Wetsuweten for RCMP dismantling First Nations pipeline blockade, complete with mass arrests & limited media because we do so love hiding it when we silence protests.

#bcpoli, but also indigenous rights & climate change.
Add on #ShutDownCanada #TheTimeIsNow to hashtags to explore on the conflict going on in Canada right now, especially as it’s expanding beyond the pipeline blockade arrests.

I don’t think I can fairly summarize, but I do think we need eyes on this. #bcpoli #canpoli
Q: ...uh, I’m going to need at least some context.
A: This doesn’t get at any historical context, but does solidly cover current events. CBC’s @pieglue is on-site.…
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