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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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My trusty energy engineer source is back with some interesting comments on today's disturbing news of a federal bailout of the oil & gas industry. He has some ideas on what Canada should be doing instead: 1/x
#bcpoli #SiteC #LNGCanada #CoastalGasLink #Wetsuweten #ableg #cdnpoli
First, here is the news of Canada's federal bailout of the oil & gas sector in the midst of the #covid19 pandemic, instead of letting the industry sunset & retraining workers & incentivizing alternatives: 2/x… #cdnpoli
Engineer: 'the Canadian oil & gas sector is on its knees. It cannot compete with big global producers, esp with its inferior oil product. Maybe time to use the bailout money to switch to hydrogen & keep people employed in a growing industry, not a dying one we can't compete in..'
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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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This morning, Wet'suwet'en subchief Theresa Tait-Day is giving testimony in Ottawa to the Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs. Testimony was announced to press by a comms group representing the First Nations LNG Alliance. Livestream:…
So far Tait-Day is saying much of what everyone else has said: decision-making in Wet'suwet'en hereditary system is based on consensus. She says she's here as spokesperson for the Wet'suwet'en Matrilineal Coalition. Will get to that in a moment.
A couple of accusations from Tait-Day that I don't know sources for or have been verified.
She again says there are only five hereditary chiefs opposed to the pipeline (eight have signed eviction notice to CGL)
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Canada criminalizes Indigenous People who exercise their Inherent Rights & pursue their livelihoods

RCMP raid #Wetsuweten Lands
Private Security + RCMP Harrass #TinyHouseWarriors
DFO do sting operations on #Mikmaw Fishers
OPP killed Dudley George
Etc Etc…
Read this Full story on armed oppression of Indigenous Sovereign pursuits of livelihoods by @Pam_Palmater…
On Occupations Dr John Borrows, 2005 Report
“Over the past 250 years Aboriginal peoples have been largely dispossessed of their lands & resources in Canada. Land is crucial to their survival as peoples. Its continuing reoccupation...inspires their visions”…
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All along the demands from the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have been: 1. RCMP out, 2. CGL stop work 3. When those two cease, sit down and talk with gov officials over land rights. (Con’t) #Wetsuweten #WetsuwetenStrong #cndpoli
The pressure has been immense. Everyone wants a resolution. As a show of good faith, the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs sat down to talk to gov officials, and what happened? CGL and RCMP are back on their lands again today. Those two crucial points were not resolved. (Con’t)
Yet I see government congratulating itself, and media headlines proclaiming a “proposed agreement on pipeline” achieved even though it wasn’t an agreement about the pipeline. (Con’t)
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My former gas pipeline engineer pal is on a roll this morning: 'Now we know how much power it takes to make #LNG: it's equivalent to fueling a large coal plant in Alberta, & does absolutely nothing other than basically throw all that CO2 in the air just to put methane in a boat.'
"Considering all the costs, delays, fighting for a right of way, environmental damage, wouldn't it have been simpler and more effective to just sell the fracked gas to Alberta, and build a pipeline to convert even 1 coal plant there to natural gas?" Not to mention cleaner..
"This would save the country and the planet from burning more CO2 than this whole LNG project does, as it ships what's left all the way to Asia. Right now, for example, 4 coal plants are running in that power range [LNG Canada takes 420 MW to refrigerate methane into LNG]."
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So it sounds like the province, feds and Wet'suwet'en have negotiated some sort of overall rights and title agreement, picking up where Delgamuukw left off. Now to be ratified by the #Wetsuweten ppl at which point ministers will return to sign. (1)
(2) When asked what this means for pipeline construction in the interim, Chief Woos deferred to B.C. Minister Scott Fraser who said Coastal GasLink still has permits to build, but he doesn't know their plans.
(3) Asked about timelines for ratification, Woos says chiefs want to give Wet'suwet'en people time to look at agreement and follow proper protocols. Minister Fraser says he abd Bennett are willing to come back to Smithers anytime to continue working
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ICYMI, there's a hidden driver behind the fracking of gas in NE BC & the associated #CoastalGasLink pipeline being pushed through #Wetsuweten territory. It's condensate, a fracking by-product, & the Alberta tar sands need it for diluting bitumen:… #bcpoli
In that 2018 article on condensate by @BenParfittCCPA in @thenarwhalca, Parfitt points out that mainstream media doesn't cover the key issue of condensate. That's still as true today in 2020 as it was in 2018.
@BenParfittCCPA @thenarwhalca In a thread a month ago I tried to quickly show the intimate link between BC fracking, #CoastalGasLink, #SiteC, #LNGCanada and the #TMX pipeline, but this time I'll focus more on the condensate. #bpcoli #LNGCanada #Wetsuweten #cdnpoli
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TPS has arrested 3 people so far Wetsuweten #onpoli #TOpoli #canpoli
Police are methodically arresting peaceful protesters on the rail tracks
Seven arrests so far. Nobody is resisting. Police are dragging protesters off tracks #Wetsuweten #onpoli #TOpoli #canpoli
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#Breaking the OPP have arrived at the tracks in Tyendinaga to begin enforcement action after the 11:59pm deadline to leave the tracks passed. #cdnpoli #Wetsuweten #Mohawk
There is a large police presence at the tracks now. Police and Mohawks on the tracks are talking now. #cdnpoli
Every Mohawk source and every police source I spoke to told me they wanted whatever happened today to be peaceful.
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#Breaking multiple sources in the Mohawk community say they have been given until 11:59pm to clear off the tracks at Tyendinaga. They have been told enforcement action by police will begin tomorrow morning. #cdnpoli
Sources I am speaking to says those on the tracks have no intention of leaving, rather they are readying themselves for police action. There is concern about violence. #cdnpoli
Here is our story with the latest… #cdnpoli
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THREAD - The #Wetsuweten Nation is just that - a nation. It has leaders who oversee territories - house chiefs. It has advisors - wing chiefs. It has citizens - members. It has leaders who oversee municipalities - band chiefs.

It has separate jurisdictions and separate leaders.
2/ Canadian journalists are elevating the voices of pro-pipeline Wet'suwet'en to 'balance' the voices of the anti-pipeline Hereditary Chiefs.

But Wet'suwet'en society is not organized by opinion.

It's organized into clan / house groups with defined legal rights & jurisdiction.
3/ The 22,000km2 of unceded Wet'suwet'en territory is divided into distinct house territories, each governed by house chiefs who speak for their members in the feast hall. The best explanation of this governance system I have found is from the Canfor v. Sam court case:
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RT: #Wetsuweten Press Release

Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs met with the Mohawk People of Tyendinaga at the Council House in Tyendinaga to discuss the path forward for the Wet’suwet’en people to be able to end the illegal occupation of the RCMP and CGL on their lands.
Contrary to announcement by BC RCMP they are withdrawing from Wet’suwet’en, BC RCMP & CIRG have increased harassment, made illegal arrests, increased surveillance, and monitoring of Wet’suwet’en and invited guests. This is completely unacceptable and far from show of good faith
We remain deeply concerned by the myriad of laws that Canada has broken including Wet’suwet’en law, the Canadian Constitution, UNDRIP, and the Geneva Convention on Genocide.

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THREAD: over the past month we’ve been covering the #Wetsuweten crisis from inside police lines, and across the country. In case you missed some of it, we’re highlighting a few of our favourite pieces. Our goal is to inform, but also contextualize. #cdnpoli #bcpoli
On Feb. 5th we published a context piece (or explainer) on how the oft-discussed ‘rule of law’ applies to the #Wetsuweten stand off with the Coastal GasLink pipeline. It’s our most popular article of the year.…
On Jan. 17, we published journalist @GitxsanJt’s first report from #Wetsuweten territory. It focused on the RCMP roadblock and how it was effecting Wet’suwet’en people, as well as media trying to report from the area.…
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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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🔎Wet'suwet'en: A Deeper Look🔍

1) There is much more going on than we're being told. The office of Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs is a political organization and not the actual band itself.
2) The office of Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs takes money from the Tides Foundation. This is well documented and admitted by both sides.
2) Tides is funded in part by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and gives money to other anti-oil initiatives.…
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THREAD: OK, there have been a lot of questions about #Wetsuweten hereditary chiefs. I've had them, too. What follows is my best attempt at presenting the situation in a straightforward way-- including some of the controversies. But let's start with the uncontroversial stuff.
The following is all information that has been sourced from multiple places, including court documents, the Office of the Wet'su'wet'en website and this high school text book
The governance system is divided into thireteen houses. Each of those houses belongs to one of five clans, but the houses are where the decision-making power is held. Each house has a head chief, as well as wing chiefs.
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THREAD - The causes of the #Wetsuweten crisis are decades of denial of land title and the sham of "consultation". Throughout Canada, Indigenous groups are expected to accept being ignored and to allow their rights to be violated when the future of their lands is at stake.
2/ In 2014, the Office of Wet'suwet'en raised over 500 points of concern with the Coastal Gaslink pipeline and asked the BC Environmental Assessment Office to reject the proposal. Despite these concerns, the project was approved. (…)
3/ When #Unistoten and @Smogelgem were in court for the BC Supreme Court Injunction, the judge asked why they had not filed a judicial review - a lawsuit challenging the project's approval.
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Chairperson of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP has issued a response to #Wetsuweten Hereditary Chiefs,@UBCIC and @bccla call for an investigation regarding the actions of the RCMP in in Wet’suwet’en territory.Press conference in 30 min.
Getting ready to start. The Chairpersons response will be released momentarily .
The CRCC for the RCMP says the issues raised in the complaint are of “significant public interest”.But at this point a “public interest investigation” will not be initiated.#Wetsuwetan #RCMP
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Twitter rant incoming: I've been in #Wetsuweten territory for two weeks, covering what's happening. I've had dozens of conversations, incl. w/ many hereditary chiefs. It's factually inaccurate to say that the hereditary system is universally opposed. #bcpoli #cdnpoli 1/12
This is a *consensus-based participatory democracy*. That is the design of the feast hall system.

Hereditary chiefs are obliged to listen to their members, and when they fail to consult (by hosting feasts) they aren't justified in acting. #bcpoli #cdnpoli 2/12
Many super traditional and well-educated Wet'suwet'en have explained to me that some of the chiefs in the anti-pipeline faction are refusing to host formal events to seek consent from their house.

Allegedly this amounts to suppression of debate. #bcpoli #cdnpoli 3/12
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Ok, I can see that people need reminding about my deep dive into the foreign-funding canard:…

Start by watching the first 20 seconds of this video:

If you think this is a made-in-Canada issue 2/
That video, attacking radicals from outside Colorado, was produced by the Environmental Policy Alliance, which sounds like a citizens group

But it’s not 3/
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#Wetsuweten Coles Notes (as I have been able to understand. It's really complicated.)
1) Elected band councils are 100% in favour of the LNG pipeline
2) Elected band councils are a construct of colonial policy and do not represent traditional Indigenous governance
3) There is some conflict within the Wetsuweten people as to who is actually a legitimate hereditary chief
4) Matriarchs in the Wetsueten people have been pushed aside by male claimants to the title of hereditary chiefs 2/25
5) Mowhawk groups from Ontario are in close conversation with the Wetsuweten hereditary chiefs and are launching supportive protests and blockades, (Remember OKA)
6) Other groups, some FN, some claiming to be allies, are launching protests 3/25
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BEGIN ILL-INFORMED RANT OF LITTLE SUBSTANCE: I will never get tired of being right. I can't see ever getting tired of patting myself on the back for it, either. The entire #Wetsuweten debacle isn't entirely Trudeau's fault, anyone who thinks Harper would've done any different is
forgetting how Theresa Spence hid her Escalade behind some bushes, cozied up in a teepee and grifted her way into the national spotlight. This has been a regularly occurring donkey show since Thomas Berger went on a free tour of Arctic communities and decided that what Indigenous
communities need from the white man's government is to be perpetual pawns in a stupid game played between activists, lawyers, government and industry. 40-some years this has been going on, the only ones benefiting are the activists, lawyers and politicians. Those of us who just
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