Unist'ot'en: They opened the gate. So What?

August 22, 2019 - 7:00 pm

The Tower
778 Barton St E
Hamilton

On January 7th, militarized RCMP forced their way past the Gidumt’en check point on unceded Wet’suwet’en territory, attacking indigenous people and their allies and arresting 14 people. The checkpoint had been set up to protect the territory from industry and healing lodge guests from the violence of police.

On January 9th, after two days of threats and harassment from police, Unist’ot’en leadership opened the gate to unceded Dark House territory at gunpoint.

It was a moment that many who’ve had the territory and Wet’suwet’en people in the hearts for the last decade– will remember. Shock and anger giving way to hopelessness and despair.

But let’s be clear: the gate did not open with consent.

The hearts and intentions of those close to the struggle on that territory have not faltered.

“The Unist’ot’en clan has explicitly denied consent for industry to build a man camp in our territories. That denial was ignored by the militarized police force and colonial courts.”

“We are adamantly opposed to this proposed project and that will never change.”

“Our hereditary chiefs have said “no” to pipelines on Wet’suwet’en territory.”
It all seems quite clear.

So why do we find ourselves hesitating when it comes to solidarity organizing? Why are we allowing ourselves to be consumed with grief instead of love for the land and people – or anger at its potential loss and the colonial state – before the struggle has even been lost? Or worse yet – apathy.

Come talk about the barriers, your insecurities & hesitations. Discuss what we know to be true, what we know to matter, and start to let the rest go so we can move forward in this struggle. Find clarity in the events and circumstances leading up to the raid and since.

Make no mistake: the intention of this evening will be to re-invigorate and energize you into taking action.

This event is for you if;
You care but don’t know where to start.
You want to plug in with like-minded people.
You want a better understanding of what happened before and after the raid
You need a reminder of why we need to be fighting this injustice, no matter who we are.
You don’t need a reminder – you want to help inspire others.